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


Get in quick as more places have opened up for Eat Drink Blog 2011!


With the first round of registrations and RSVPs for Eat Drink Blog now at a close and the RSVP numbers crunched, we’re ready for round 2. A small number of additional places have become available – these are essentially from places we had reserved for conference day presenters, guests and sponsors who can’t stay on for the entire day – and we’re passing them on to you!

We realise now via your feedback that not everyone in the blogging community was aware that the conference was being organised and that the call for registrations had taken place so hopefully this is the second chance for those who missed out on the first round.

The registration process and criteria are below and we’ve taken on your feedback and reduced the blog age to minimum of 6 months old. But due to time constraints and the looming conference drawing near, it’ll be a first come first served format. Once our additional allocation of places are filled, we’ll close the registrations – so as per the post title, get in quick!

The entry criteria are as follows:

  • Your blog must be a minimum 6 months old
  • Your blog must have  a minimum of 1 post per month, and a minimum of 18 posts per year to qualify
  • There is a strict limit of one person attending per blog
  • We’re looking for a cross section of food bloggers covering food, drink, restaurant, baking and cooking
  • We are not looking for bloggers officially representing commercial interests, i.e. those employed to blog for payment for brands, restaurants or companies (as stated previously, we do not mean bloggers who do or have accepted sponsored posts)
  • This event is entirely free to attend. There are no registration or attendance fees


Edit: Second round registrations have now closed

Countdown till Eat. Drink. Blog 2011!

Thank you to all those that registered for the 2011 Eat Drink Blog Australian Foodblogger conference to be held in Sydney on the 5th of November. Thank you also for your ongoing patience over the last month, but we’ve finally gone through all the registrations and now the first round of successful conference registrants have just been notified and offered passes. All others registrants have been placed on the waiting list and will be notified if places become available.

With the conference being little over 1 month away now, we’re pleased to say that the conference is really taking shape – a culmination of over 6 months of planning and millions of emails and calls.


So in the lead up to the conference now, we’ll be announcing more details including the final program to be released in the following week or so, and details of a photo competition will be announced very shortly so watch this space!