Thank you and we’re off!

Firstly, thank you to all those of you (69 bloggers!) who filled in our survey asking you what you want to see at Eat Drink Blog 3. We’re analysing the results now and this information will feed directly into the conference program and format.

We’re now in the midst of planning for Eat Drink Blog 3 (EDB3) now and things are moving quickly.

Our first meeting the other night was attended by EDB3 committee members AlexAmandaErin, Celeste, ChristinaKirsty and Natasha. We got through an enormous amount of information, ate some pretty fine pizza, and have since been working away on our individual tasks.

To help make the organisation of Eat Drink Blog 3 as efficient and productive as possible we’ve decided that Amanda and Christina will be co-chairs of the committee, while Kirsty has kindly offered to be secretary. Thank you for volunteering, Kirsty!

We’ll have more news for you very soon. In the meantime, you can subscribe to receive blog updates at the top right hand corner. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter either.


Tell us what you want to see at Eat Drink Blog 3

The 3rd Australian Food Bloggers Conference – Eat Drink Blog 3 – will take place in Adelaide later this year.

Help us create a memorable event by filling in this short survey and telling us what you want to see at Eat Drink Blog 3. 

The survey closes on Monday 25th June so make sure you fill it in before then. Thanks!

Edit: Personal details provided will only be used to verify that the survey respondent is a current Australian food blogger, and for direct contact if you expressed interest in contributing to the conference in some way. Your personal details will not be used for subscriptions to any mailing lists, incorporated into any databases or be provided to any third party.

Eat Drink Blog 3 will be held in Adelaide!


We’re back and under new management 🙂

We’re delighted to let you know that the 3rd Australian Food Bloggers Conference – Eat Drink Blog 3 – will be held in Adelaide, South Australia, later this year.

Amanda (Lambs Ears and Honey) and I (The Hungry Australian) are thrilled to be organising Eat Drink Blog 3. We would like to thank the organisers of Eat Drink Blog 2 – Trina (The Gourmet Forager), Jen (Jenius) and Simon (The Heart of Food) – for offering us this opportunity. Guys, we’re honoured to be following in your footsteps.

Over the next few months we’ll be working with a group of local bloggers to deliver Eat Drink Blog 3, a conference that brings food bloggers from all over Australia together to share knowledge, ideas, and skills.

Blogging is often a solitary activity but it doesn’t have to be a lonely one – come along to Eat Drink Blog 3 and make new friends as you learn from some of the best in the industry.

We want you to have a great conference experience so will shortly be conducting a survey to find out what topics and activities you would find most useful.

Until then, happy eating!

Christina for the Eat Drink Blog 3 organising committee

PS If you’re a company interested in partnering with Eat Drink Blog 3 to promote yourself to a group of food-loving, tech-savvy influencers, then please do contact us. We’ll be putting together some great sponsorship packages at a variety of different levels.

Eat. Drink. Blog. 2011 Video – SEO Q&A

Hi. Remember us?

It’s been a long time coming but here is the first video in our series from the Eat. Drink. Blog. 2011 Food Bloggers Conference; a Quick Q&A on SEO with Michael Gall from My Aching Head.

There will be more videos to come so make sure to keep an eye on the blog or on the Twitter feed @eatdrinkblogau.

Thanks to Vicki from onceuponafoodie for providing the video.

2011 Photo Comp Winners

The 2011 Eat. Drink. Blog. Photography Competition has been a wonderful showcase of some of the best food photography from the Australian food blogging community over the past year. From a large pool of entrants, our judging panel of food photography/industry professionals whittled the submissions down to a selection of 15 finalists, as shown above.

There are two sets of prizes awarded to the best images out of the group of finalists. An IMPACT Award, for the best image as selected by our judging panel. There are also winner and runner-up prizes for the Community Award, as voted by the food blogging community, readers and the general public.

Without further ado, the winners of the 2011 Eat. Drink. Blog. Photography Competition are…

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Photography Competition Finalists (2011)

It is my pleasure to announce the judging panel’s selection of the finalists for the Eat. Drink. Blog. 2011 Photography Competition.

This year’s finalists are (in alphabetical order):

Congratulations to the finalists, and a thanks to everyone that participated in the competition thus far, including our panel of esteemed judges – Quentin Jones, Natalie Boog & Julie Lee.

While the winner of Judge’s Award has been finalised, the Community Award prize is still very much up for grabs.

Vote for your favourite finalists by going to the Eat. Drink. Blog. Media Hub and clicking on the Like button of their image(s). The entry with the most Likes will win the coveted KitchenAid stand mixer.

But wait, there’s more…

With thanks to our competition partner IMPACT Communications Australia, there is now a runner’s up prize for the entry with the second highest number of Likes.

The runner’s up prize pack courtesy of World Kitchen, with a total retail value of around $100, consists of:

  • Baker’s Secret Whoopie Pan
  • Baker’s Secret Loose Base Square Tart Pan
  • Baker’s Secret 4 Piece Magentic Measuring Cup Set
  • Baker’s Secret 5 Piece Magnetic Measuring Spoon Set
  • Pyrex 2 Cup Measuring Jug

Voting closes Sunday 18 December 2011, with the winners of the Judge’s Award and the Community Award prizes to be announced on Monday 19 December 2011.

Good luck with the competition.

Photos from Eat. Drink. Blog. 2011

The official photos for Eat. Drink. Blog. 2011 are now available on the Media Hub.

The images in the gallery are a visual diary chronicling the day’s events from the setup of the conference at Electrolux through to dinner at Kingsleys Steak & Crab.

A big thanks to Christina Thai and Peggy Wong for volunteering their time to shoot some wonderful images.

If you would like to get a copy of any of the images from the day, please send an email to and let us know which ones you’re after.

For anyone looking to use these images for promotion, advertising or marketing purposes, let us know in the email and we’ll get you in touch with the photographers to discuss usage rights.

Photography Competition Closes Today

Just a quick reminder that the Eat. Drink. Blog. 2011 photography competition closes tonight at midnight.

There are a few photos that have been submitted without any info (possibly due to some error). If these are your images, please resubmit your application to ensure that you’re in the running for the competition.

When submitting your images, if you are not redirected to a page indicating your submission was successful, there was likely a problem with your submission e.g. image issue above.

One sure fire way of guaranteeing a failed submission is by not reading the submission guidelines carefully. Please be especially mindful that the images submitted are around or less than 500Kb in size.

To avoid any disappointment, if you are uncertain that submission was successful, please send an email to to follow up on the matter. So long as this email is sent prior to the close of the competition, your submission, even if unsuccessful, will still be considered in the running for the comp.

Lastly, follow the official #eatdrinkblog2011 hashtag and/or @eatdrinkblogau to keep up to date on info regarding the competition. To those that have entered or are about the enter the competition, good luck with your submissions.

Eat Drink Blog 2011: Post Conference Wrap and Media Kit Resources

A massive thank you to all those who attended Saturday’s Eat Drink Blog 2011 Conference in Sydney – a full day that ran from registration at 9am to the official close of dinner at 10:30pm – with every spare minute crammed with content. We were most impressed with the fantastic turnout of foodbloggers as we’d initially aimed for 80 attendees but on the day we had a total of 87 confirmed conference registrants. Amazingly, with the exception of the Northern Territory, we had representation from every other state and territory around Australia – a truly national conference! And we couldn’t have asked for a nicer bunch of bloggers to attend the conference either! Despite many having met for the first time, we noted smiles and enthusiasm aplenty and by the end of the conference day, many of you were getting on like old friends. You guys are awesome!

We’d encouraged tweeting during the day, and boy did you oblige. The day’s proceedings were so well tweeted and so many #eatdrinkblog2011 tweets flooded the Twittersphere that for a while, #eatdrinkblog2011 was even a trending topic!

Many thanks to the many guest presenters and panelists who gave up their time and in many cases, forked out significant amounts to travel interstate and present at this conference. We are so grateful for your contribution to the day!

Thank you also to the sponsors who gave very generously to the day – without their generosity, this day could not have been as well equipped and catered as it was and importantly, we couldn’t have made it free to all the conference attendees.

And lastly on behalf of the other organisers – a very big thank you to the staff that chipped in on the day – Tammi our MC; Christina and Peggy our photographers; Vicki our videographer; Thang our social media manager; and Anna our interviewer.

Below we have provided some links to information about the some of the conference sessions including presentations (where available), presenter profiles, menus, recipes and attendees featured during the day.


Food, recipes links and more:

Conference venue provided by Electrolux

Name tags and lanyards provided by bookarestaurant

Breakfast, morning tea and afternoon tea pastries provided by Brasserie Bread

Breakfast menu

Morning tea

Afternoon tea

Fruit platters provided by IMPACT Communications Australia

Coffee on the day provided by Toby’s Estate

Juice Bar provided by Breville

Juice bar recipes

Delice macaron tower and Lindor chocolate balls provided by Lindt

Drinks provided by Daylesford and Hepburn Mineral Springs

Lunch and lamb masterclass provided by MLA, prepared by Nonie Dwyer

Nonie Dwyer Chef profile (below) and photo

Nonie Dwyer is a chef whose passion for seasonal, local and ethical food has been honed by years working in the UK. From a multi award-winning restaurant in Scotland, to Michelin-starred restaurants in England, to three years as sous-chef and acting head chef at the famous River Cottage Headquarters working for Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. This role was as diverse as it was enjoyable, including cheffing, teaching, recipe development, food styling and TV production work. The role allowed Nonie to develop her love of butchery and make delicious use of every part of an animal. One of Nonie’s first butchery lessons was teaching one of Gordon Ramsey’s head chefs. Everything has seemed easier since.

Lunch recipe: slow cooked shoulder of spiced lamb

Beef and lamb cuts chart (although I note there is no lamb bacon cut)

Crab workshop by Kingsleys

Singapore chilli crab recipe

Conference dinner provided by Kingsleys Steak and Crabhouse

Conference dinner menu

Chargrilled flat iron steak with chimichurri slow roasted beef tenderloin recipe

Information on kiss chillis (the pickled chillis used in the conference dinner entree)



Presentation links:
Note: no presentation slides were used for the Food photography workshop; Food Styling workshop; Crab masterclass; Bread masterclass; Monetising and professional blogging; Food Culture and Ethics.

Legal panel

Presentation on copyright regarding use of pictures and recipes, courtesy of Dominic Villa

Presentation on defamation, courtesy of Stephen Estcourt, QC

SEO session

Presentation on SEO for blogs, courtesy of Michael Gall

Writing seminar

Presentation on how to make your writing shine, courtesy of Valerie Khoo


Confirmed attendees present at Eat Drink Blog 2011:

For those interested, we have listed below all the bloggers that attended Eat Drink Blog 2011 (in alphabetical order):


Conference day prize winners:

Our sponsors generously provided conference day prizes with total prize pool worth $950!


And as you would have noticed with all the cameras and AV gear around on the day, plenty of photos were taken throughout the day as well as interviews with all the presenters. All of these will be available within the next week in the Eat Drink Blog media hub. But for now, here’s a small sneak peek from the day…

Breakfast pastries at EDB2011 courtesy of Brasserie Bread

Breakfast pastries courtesy of Brasserie Bread

Fruit platters at EDB2011 courtesy of IMPACT Communications Australia

Fruit platters courtesy of IMPACT Communications Australia

Delice Macaron Tower and Lindor balls courtesy of Lindt at EDB2011

Delice Macaron Tower and Lindor balls courtesy of Lindt

Tammi Jonas (@tammois) the MC for Eat Drink Blog 2011

Tammi Jonas (@tammois) the MC for Eat Drink Blog 2011

Dominic Villa (@under_exposed) presenting at the legal panel, EDB2011

Dominic Villa (@under_exposed) presenting at the legal panel

Stephen Estcourt (@stephenestcourt) presenting at the legal panel with Tammi as MC

Stephen Estcourt (@stephenestcourt) presenting at the legal panel with Tammi as MC

Michael Gall (@MyAchingHead) presenting at the SEO seminar, EDB2011

Michael Gall (@MyAchingHead) presenting at the SEO seminar

Valerie Khoo (@valeriekhoo) presenting at EDB2011 Writing Seminar

Valerie Khoo (@valeriekhoo) presenting at Writing Seminar

Lunch prep underway Eat Drink Blog 2011

Lunch prep underway

Nonie Dwyer presenting the EDB2011 lamb masterclass

Nonie Dwyer presenting the lamb masterclass

Chef Lars Svensson of the Kingsleys Restaurant Group presenting the Crab Workshop at EDB2011

Chef Lars Svensson of the Kingsleys Restaurant Group presenting the Crab Workshop

Matt Brock of Brasserie Bread presenting the Bread Masterclass at EDB2011

Matt Brock of Brasserie Bread presenting the Bread Masterclass

Quentin Jones presenting at the EDB2011 Food Photography Workshop

Quentin Jones presenting at the Food Photography Workshop

Peter Georgakopoulos' (@souvlakiman) Food Styling Workshop in full swing

Peter Georgakopoulos' (@souvlakiman) Food Styling Workshop in full swing

One of the creations in the EDB2011 Food Styling Workshop

One of the creations in the Food Styling Workshop

The entree from the EDB2011 conference dinner at Kingsleys - featured is the smoked yellowfin tuna carpaccio with pickled chilli and pistachio

The entree from the EDB2011 conference dinner at Kingsleys - featured is the smoked yellowfin tuna carpaccio with pickled chilli and pistachio

For those that have a post on the conference day – if you haven’t already then please email the link to us and we’ll add you to the growing list of blog posts already featured here.

And don’t forget – we still have the Eat Drink Blog 2011 Photography Competition – entries close this Friday with some excellent prizes on offer, and remember you have to be in it to win it!

Many thanks again for all that attended and made the 5th November Eat Drink Blog day possible!

Simon, Jen, Reem and Trina

Eat Drink Blog 2011 conference organisers

Conferene Posts, Images & Link Love


You’ll soon receive a more formal thank you, along with a media kit of a lot of supplementary information regarding the conference for your blog posts, including Michael Gall’s SEO presentation slides (sorry!). However, I thought I’d take this opportunity now to quickly offer my personal thanks to all the attendees, presenters, sponsors, followers on Twitter, and especially the staff, for making the Eat. Drink. Blog. Conference 2011 such a success.

For those of you who have or will publish a post on your experiences at the conference, we’ll be setting up a sidebar widget on this blog giving some linkage love to your blog post. It’ll also make it easier for those interested to read and view the experiences of the attendees.

Please send us an email to with your blog post link, and we’ll look to add it to this blog.

Also, if you have some images that you wish to share of the day’s events, please feel free to send the images with attachments to the same email address We’ll look to setup a separate gallery on the Eat. Drink. Blog. Media Hub, as well as give you credit and some linkage love to your blog there too. As always, you will retain full copyright of any images you send us.

We look forward to seeing all your accounts of the days events!