Food and Drink blogging is alive and well in Australia …and you just can’t stop them flashing!
Thank you Eat Drink Blog for putting on a fabulous conference on Saturday 5th November 2011. More than 80 very privileged and enthusiastic food and drink bloggers from around Australia were invited to attend this conference, held in Sydney. Very generous sponsorship meant the whole day was free. What a rare treat.
What I Learned
Article Writing – My article writing will hopefully improve, thanks to Valerie Khoo – journalist, author, entrepreneur and founder of the Sydney Writers’ Centre in Milsons Point. Thank you for your tips and tricks on how to make my writing shine.
Copyright Laws – My understanding of copyright and infringement laws, as they relate to food review blogging, is greatly improved. Thank you Dominic Villa, Barrister and Stephen Estcourt QC.
Food Styling – Thank you Peter Georgakopoulos for showing us how to mix and match props to help improve our food photo images. Peter’s blog Souvlaki for the Soul.
Food Photography – Quentin Jones, photographer from the Sydney Morning Herald, shared his professional eye for food photography. Thanks Quentin.
SEO – Thanks Michael Gall for demonstrating how SEO can help our search engine rankings – and the importance of linking. Michael’s blog My Aching Head.
Monetising and Professional Blogging – Professional food bloggers, Jennifer Lam, Jules Clancy and Michael Shafran shared how they’ve successfully monetised their blogs. Well done guys!
Food Culture – Thanks Simon Marnie for giving us your take on the evolution of food culture in the media, as a result of the growing popularity of food blogging.
Meat Masterclass – Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) provided us with a fabulous lamb lunch and then chef, Nonie Dwyer, demonstrated how to cut up a whole lamb carcass – that’s right, a whole lamb carcass!
Who I met
The absolute best part of the Conference for me was meeting some wonderful food bloggers from around Australia, including:-
Joe – My Delicious Blog
Christina – The Hungry Australian
Erin – The Food Mentalist
Ashley – I’m So Hungree
Phuoc – Phuoc’n Delicious
Thanks guys for making the day really enjoyable and fun.
Did I Mention Dinner?
Kingsleys Steak and Crabhouse Restaurant in Woolloomooloo provided us all with an absolutely scrumptious meal, served with St Hallett delicious fine wines. The St Hallett Rose was to die for! Photo flashes were happening all night – I definitely need to update my camera!!! …and thanks Ashley for the heads up on Hendrick’s Gin
Oh yes, I also won first prize in the door prize
I’m now the proud owner of a Breviile top of the range Juice Fountain Plus. Thank you Breville for donating this wonderful prize. Special thanks also to Elextrolux for providing the Conference venue – it was the perfect venue for this conference.
Last but not least
Thanks to Tammi Tasting Terroir, The Gourmet Forager and The Heart of Food – hats off to you guys for organising the whole event. You’re all legends – thank you so much!
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