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

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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!


It’s time to register!

It’s finally time, and we can now open registrations!
We have put in place some criteria in order to make this process as fair as possible, so here are the rules:

  • There are approximately 70 seats available
  • Filling in this form does not guarantee a seat at the conference
  • Your blog must be a minimum 12 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 representing commercial brands, i.e. those employed to blog for payment for brands, restaurants or companies
  • This event is entirely free to attend. There are no registration or attendance fees

Registrations close midnight Wednesday 15th September 2011 and successful conference attendees notified thereafter.

Edit: Registrations have now closed.


The invitations are on their way

Registration for the inaugural Eat. Drink. Blog. Food Bloggers Conference 2010 have now closed, and invites were sent out this morning. I must admit I was surprised at the interest shown as we had close to 100 registrations!

Unfortunately, we are limited by both venue size (45 people only) and cost, so we can not extend an invitation to everyone.  As I’d like to keep this process transparent, I’ll explain our rationale below.

An invitation was automatically extended to panel members and conference organisers.

Next, the attendee list was reduced by removing people who a) didn’t have a current blog, or b) had only been blogging a very short time (ie. in the last few months).  Yeah, it was a tough call, but it had to be made.

We then extended invites to bloggers from interstate, to ensure we had a good cross-section of bloggers from across Australia. There weren’t many, so this also seemed logical.

And to the remaining attendees on the list, well, we left it up to the good ol’ random list generator.

As the RSVP’s come in, we’ll probably have a few more spots pop up, and we’ll be offering these consecutively to the people on the randomly generated list.  And for those unable to attend on the day, you won’t miss out too much as we’ll be publishing video-casts of some of the panel discussions.

If all goes well this year, we’ll plan for bigger and better things next year, where we can hopefully accommodate everyone.


Register your interest

As you know positions at the Eat Drink Blog conference are limited (only 45 available) and although it is based in Melbourne, we want all Australian Food Bloggers to be included. So we are opening up a form for people interested (this means you definitely can come) in attending. We will keep the nominations open for a week or so and then if needs be randomly select people on a state by state basis. Ideally this will mean that each state is equally represented.

So, get to it. Here’s the form to register your interest and be sure to fill out all of the fields.

Please note that registration has now closed.