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
Fruit platters provided by IMPACT Communications Australia
Coffee on the day provided by Toby’s Estate
Juice Bar provided by Breville
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.
Beef and lamb cuts chart (although I note there is no lamb bacon cut)
Crab workshop by Kingsleys
Conference dinner provided by Kingsleys Steak and Crabhouse
Information on kiss chillis (the pickled chillis used in the conference dinner entree)
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.
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):
- 84th and 3rd
- adobo down under
- Capital Gourmand
- Cats – Love – Cooking
- Citrus and Candy
- Cook Republic
- Cooking from the heart
- Corridor Kitchen
- Dining with a Stud
- Dinner in Ten Minutes
- Eat, drink + be Kerry
- eat, drink, stagger
- Epicureans Answer
- Everybody Loves Ramen
- Fine Diner
- Food Endeavours of the Blue Apocalypse
- Food, booze and shoes
- Gastronomy Gal
- Green Cilantro
- I dream in Chocolate
- I’m so Hungree
- J’s Kitchen
- Lambs’ Ears and Honey
- Law Geek Down Under
- Miss Lolly Loves Food
- Miss Morag’s Morsels
- Morsels & Musings
- My Aching Head
- My Delicious Blog
- Nic Cooks
- Paddington Pantry
- Phuoc’n Delicious
- Progressive Dinner Party
- Reminiscence of a food tragic
- Richard Elliot’s Blog
- Sefie Eats
- Souvlaki For The Soul
- Stone Soup
- Sugar’s Sweet Blog
- Tammi Tasting Terroir
- Tea For Six
- The $120 Food Challenge
- The Adventures of Miss Piggy
- The Capers of the Kitchen Crusader
- The Cook’s Notebook
- The Empty Fridge
- The Food Mentalist
- The French Wench
- The Gourmet Forager
- the heart of food
- The Hungry Australian
- the hungry duck
- The Last Appetite
- the little lioness
- The Spotted Pufferfish
- the way it crumbles
- When the world stops spinning
- winos and foodies
Conference day prize winners:
Our sponsors generously provided conference day prizes with total prize pool worth $950!
- Toby’s Estate hamper worth $120 won by crunchytiger
- Brasserie Bread voucher worth $150 won by adobo down under
- 3x Lindt prize hampers worth $150 each won by amystown, I’m so Hungree, and Sugar’s Sweet Blog
- Breville Juicer worth $230 won by Dinner in ten minutes
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…
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!
Eat Drink Blog 2011 conference organisers
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
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!