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


Eat. Drink. Blog. Photography Competition

On behalf of the organising committee, it is my pleasure to announce the Eat. Drink. Blog. 2011 Photography Competition.

Eat. Drink. Blog. 2011 Photography Competition

The competition will give the Australian food blogging community the opportunity to showcase some of their best photographic work over the past year.

A small panel of professional food photographers will judge all entries and select the top 15 entries as finalists. The finalist entries will be printed and put on display at a small photo exhibition to be hosted at Bitton Gourmet.

Once the judges have selected the finalists, the competition will be split into two main streams – the Impact Award selected by the judging panel, and a Community Award selected by popular vote from the blogging community, readers and the general public.

Eat. Drink. Blog. Media Hub

The Eat. Drink. Blog. Media Hub has been setup as the central HQ for all multimedia content from the conference, and associated events such as the photography competition and photo exhibition.

Below is a quick orientation of the Media Hub gallery. Click on the image for a full-sized version.

Competition Entry Details

The competition entry page, which can be accessed via the menu bar of the Media Hub (top right) or via this link, has all the details regarding the entry conditions.

Submissions for the competition will close Friday 14th October. The finalists will be announced in the following week and voting for the Community Award will commence soon afterward. More details will be made available once the finalists are announced.

A big thanks to our photo competition and exhibition partners Impact Communications and Bitton Gourmet.

I look forward to seeing all your wonderful entries!


And we have a date!

We are thrilled to announce that the Second Australian Foodbloggers Conference will be held on November 5, 2011 in Sydney at the Electrolux Demonstration Showroom in Mascot.

We’re are delighted that Electrolux have been able to work with us to provide us with this fabulous space which will allow us to almost double the number of attendees we can host, from 45 last year to around 80 participants this year.

Stay tuned for more details….


Presentations

Everyone who attended the conference learned  something new, whether it was about SEO, wordpress v blogger or simply why people blog…here are a round up of the presentations that were made available. Hopefully more to come!:

Penny’s Presentation on How to be Social

Brian Ward’s Presentation on hyperlocalism

Nola James Presentation on Photography

Ellie Won’s presentation: Delicious

Stephen Escourt QC who couldn’t make it, contributed this excellent piece about the Lessons of the “Coco Roco” Case for Foodbloggers: Don’t get Caught in the Mincer

There was some fascinating discussion around WordPress v Blogger.  Phil Lees has some tips for moving for those who want to give it a go.


We came. We saw. We listened. We ate. We Blogged.

Well I don’t think I’d be the only one to say that the inaugural Australian Food Bloggers Conference, Eat. Drink. Blog. 2010 was a resounding success. What an absolutely awesome day!

Check out these blogs and galleries for the lowdown before and after the event. If I have missed your post, please tweet me @tummyrumbles.

We even got a mention in The Age.

Speaking of tweets, the conference was enthusiastically captured under the hash tag #EatDrinkBlog and #EatDrinkBlog2010.

I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank the generosity of our sponsors, without which it would have been a very dull day indeed:

  • The Essential Ingredient provided the venue, staff and a prize for a tweet your favourite @EsntlIngredient competition. It was totally inspiring to have our conference about food blogging in such a hallowed space.
  • SBS Food sponsored the exhibition of photographs from food and wine blogs,  and provided each attendee with a little goodie bag to take home, which included episode 2 of Italian Food Safari, before it airs on TV!
  • St Ali provided attendees with lunch and the evening meal by chef Ben Cooper, plus the space for the exhibition and kick-off cocktail party.  We applaud the fantastic floor staff for their enthusiasm, and Ben and his team for taking us on an interesting culinary adventure.  Many people broke their fish eye cherries that night.
  • Der Raum provided some seriously inventive cocktails and drinks. Check the twitter pics for smoking poison bottles and hip flasks in paper bags.
  • Prentice Wine provided a corker of a wine matched to our evening meal.
  • Red Hill Brewery slaked our thirst with some local hand crafted ales.
  • Daylesford and Hepburn Springs Mineral Springs Co kept us hydrated throughout the day with sparkling mineral water and soft drinks.

One must also not forget to thank the people that made it all happen so smoothly on the day; Ed, Reem, April, Mellie, Michael, Tammi and Jess, plus our fabulous panel members.

Lastly, I would like to thank all the bloggers who made this such a successful event. Your excitement and willingness to discuss what all this food and wine blogging business is about just made it totally rock.


We have a name

Eat Drink Blog it is for the Food Bloggers’ Conference.

I’m suggesting for the photography exhibition element”Eat Drink Blog. Shoot”

It’s now full steam ahead for the 21 March 2010. The first year is small with 45 places and it costs nothing to attend, enter the photography show, attend the drinks party and meal thanks to our partners The Essential Ingredient and St Ali.

Just register your interest below and watch this space.