The 2015 International Food Bloggers Conference sponsored by Foodista and ZepherAdventures was a great place to pick up blogging tips and photography tricks. Three days packed full of break out sessions in addition to optional off-site excursions by Kitchen Aid, Sur La Table, Sansaire, Miele, Chef’n and Teavana provided ample opportunity to up your Blogging game. My travel companion and fellow food blogger and I opted to tour the city of Seattle for our off-site excursion. However, our foodie friends told us the off-site excursions were well worth the extra cost. Plus, they came back with serious swag you could only get by attending. Hmmmm, I think next year, I will attend the off-site optional excursions. While all the sessions I attended were worthwhile, I did have my favorites. [Read more…]
In late September I attended, for the first time, IFBC in Seattle, WA. Seattle is a stunning seaside destination city that caters to techies, coffee connoisseurs, street performers, fashionistas and foodies.Farm-to-table gardening is adhered to and entrepreneurship is expected.It is also home to my beloved Seahawks! I love this great big city for many reasons, but mostly because Seattle has always held steadfastly to the Pacific Northwest lifestyle. Never forsaking the idea of clean living, this town is beautiful!
The International Food Bloggers Conference was held September 18th-21st; Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I arrived on Thursday with a food blogger friend from Idaho who had never been to Seattle. After settling into our room, we headed outside to wander around. The hotel concierge suggested we take the monorail to the Space Needle. I’m always in awe of the Space Needle. We walked all the way around it. However, we arrived too late in the day for a trip up unless we were going to the restaurant for dinner. Meandering in all directions of the Space Needle, we stumbled upon the Seattle Center and went inside. It was the third Thursday of the month.The Seattle Center runs what they modestly call the Best. Damn. Happy Hour. Think they’re kidding? Think again. Think music, think deals on specialty cocktails and delicious food from Armory eateries. Think giant Scrabble, think giant Jenga, think table board games. Think fabulous prizes like tickets to concerts and shows at Seattle Center. They’re not kidding around. Seattle now has a new reason to be happy! At first we had no idea what was going on. People were enjoying themselves to the hilt drinking beer, wine & cocktails, eating plates of beautiful food, playing bingo and other games all while a band was playing. Then I looked up and saw this… (see below) BEST DAMN HAPPY HOUR on the back wall of the Armory. If I lived in Seattle, I can guarantee you, every third Thursday of the month, I’d grab a few co-workers and head to the Seattle Center for the Best Damn HAPPY HOUR!
We had a wonderful time and toured the entire site of Allrecipes. We also met many of the employees who work there. It was a really fun time.
Next, we headed down to Pike Place Public Market where we had the best time ever in this magnificient “walking” city. Although there is lots and lots of traffic, Seattle is still a wonderful walking town with many sights to see within a relatively short distance. It was a beautiful day and the sky over Seattle was awesome!
I never tire of walking through Pike Place Public Market.It is without a doubt the most amazing produce market I’ve ever been to. EVER! Imagine living where you can purchase vegetables of every kind every day of the week 363 days of the year. Beautiful and fresh, I wanted to buy one of everything!
We were mesmerized by the extremely talented street performers
Our last stop was the infamous Gum Wall just below the Public Market in an alley. I must be perfectly honest. We actually stumbled upon the Gum Wall. I knew about it but couldn’t remember where it was. I’m so glad we accidently found it. Looking at the gum wall we were totally grossed out and at the same time we couldn’t quit looking at those thousands and thousands of discarded wads of chewing gum in every possible color. We spotted a young couple having professional (probably engagement) photos taken using the gum wall as a backdrop. What the …? It must be a “thing” in Seattle. Anyway that wall goes on and on and on. It’s weird and amazing all at the same time. I love the photo below of me and my friend standing just inches away from chewing gum nastiness. The day ended up being very warm. We both got hot and tied our sweatshirts around our waists.
After a very busy afternoon, it was time to head back to the Sheraton Hotel to attend the Taste of Seattle Grand Opening Reception and Gift Suite. Let the conference officially begin! This was a great time to meet other attendees, walk through the Gift Suite (fancy name for Swag) and enjoy food, wine and local live music. In my 3rd and final blog, I will highlight the sessions I attended and found most helpful to me. I will also share a few tips on blog writing and photography. In exchange for a reduced attendance conference fee, I have agreed to write three blogs about my experience at the IFBC.
Like any other business, hobby or passion, there are conferences you can attend with classes/sessions/demonstrations to help you do it better. I have been a Real Estate Agent for some 20+ years. I attend continuing education classes routinely to stay current with marketing trends, technology updates and changes to real estate law. I’ve spent hours upon hours in a class room locally and away from home to learn how to do my DAY job better. I love my job and have the best clientele on earth!
By NIGHT, I am a passionate cook and baker. On May 5, 2015 I launched my very own blog to keep in perpetuity my treasured recipes that can be passed down to my children, grandchildren and hopefully all the generations that follow as well as extended family, friends and colleagues. After launching my blog, I soon learned that Food Bloggers have the same opportunity to learn how to be better at writing food blogs. As a newbie, a term used in any endeavor you’ve participated in for less than one year, I was happy to be able to attend the IFBC – International Food Bloggers Conference in Seattle, Washington with a food blogger friend. We spent the weekend attending some excellent sessions, meeting conference sponsors, fellow food bloggers and walk the downtown area of Seattle. [Read more…]