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#EDB15 Canberra: A Food Bloggers Conference


Both my brain and belly are bursting. I’ve had an unbelievable weekend, I was in hip and happening Canberra at the Eat, Drink, Blog (#EDB15) conference. The common love of eating bonded us, cooks, recipe developers, stylists, photographers, reviewers and writers brought together by our interaction with social media platforms.

The presenters were noteworthy and left no aspect of food blogging neglected. We learned tips for writing reviews, tricks with photo styling, how to organize our time, how to exploit Google to grow our readership and about amazing apps to create seamless video footage with a smart phone. I now need to work out how I apply what I learned to make this blog better for you all.

A girl’s gotta eat and drink and we did our fare share of that too, but wait, not until the photos had been taken and instagrammed. From street food to fine dining, artisan gelato and micro brewed beer, fine tisanes, fab coffee, girth stretching pastries and nourishing cold pressed juices, we indulged in an ever changing smorgasbord of flavours.

The experience gave us a glimpse into the grass roots level changes in Canberra’s food scene. It’s no longer a bolt hole for conservative thought, but the breeding ground of dynamic and savvy food lovers determined to find a niche of excellence within Australia’s burgeoning food scene.

Networking was a valuable aside. For the first time ever I met online buddies, Margot from Gather and Graze, Belle, The Hungry Mum and Beck of In Search of Golden Pudding. I also found a long list of worthy new blogs to follow. My enthusiasm for blogging has been revitalized, my admiration for the young too! The energy in the conference room awe inspiring. I felt a sweet envy toward these young men and women, free to make choices unbridled by society or family expectations.

I’m very proud to announce that my recipe for Cajun Spiced Roasted Vegetable Salad was selected as the second prize winner in the recipe writing competition. Thank you Capital Region Farmers Market for the cookbook and Capital Wines for the bottle of wine. I look forward to browsing the book while sipping a glass of excellent merlot.

The Eat, Drink Blog organizing committee worked tirelessly to showcase Canberra to us and ensure EDB15 was a resounding success. The sponsors were incredibly generous in their support and deserve not only a heartfelt thanks, but our patronage.

Quality Canberra Magazine  http://hercanberra.com.au

Canberra Tourism http://visitcanberra.com.au

ACT Buses https://www.action.act.gov.au

Bakery & Restaurant extrordinaire http://abaker.com.au

Frozen dessert alchemist http://www.frugii.com

Hotel https://www.qtcanberra.com.au

Boutique Brewery http://www.bentspokebrewing.com.au

Cocktail Bar http://www.hopscotchbar.com.au

Restaurant and Bar http://www.marbleandgrain.com.au

Food vendor precinct The Hamlet, Lonsdale Street Braddon

Coffee Roasters http://www.six8coffee.com

Food vendor precinct https://www.westsideactonpark.com.au

Canberra Farmers Market http://www.capitalregionfarmersmarket.com.au

Outstanding Venue, Nishi gallery http://www.newacton.com.au/nishigallery

Restaurant http://www.boathousebythelake.com.au

Canberra Wine Room https://thetradies.com.au/bars-restaurants/the-canberra-wine-house

Coffee Roasters http://www.thecuppingroom.com.au

Cafe and Coffee Roasters http://www.twobeforeten.com.au

Gluten Free Food Magazine http://yumglutenfree.com.au

Chefs, Winemakers, Artists, Galleries http://thepoachersway.com.au

Cold Pressed Juices http://www.thejuicefix.com.au

Custom Made Breakfast Cereal http://www.themueslibarcanberra.com.au

 

 

About ladyredspecs

I live in sunny Brisbane, Australia. My love of good food drives me as a cook, a reader, a traveller, an artist and but mostly as an eater. I cooked professionally for many years but have no formal training. Simply guided by a love of eating good food, respect for ingredients and an abhorrence of artificial additives, I cook instinctively applying the technical know how acquired by experience. I hope you enjoy what I share Sandra AKA ladyredspecs

29 comments on “#EDB15 Canberra: A Food Bloggers Conference

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  2. tinywhitecottage
    October 22, 2015

    Wow. Sounds like an overwhelming event. So wish I could be in the same room as you and Margot. I could use a little boost in my blogging existence. Seems we need a new punctuation mark for our excitability. Because as I am writing this comment I have wanted to use (!) after every sentence. 🙂

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    • ladyredspecs
      October 23, 2015

      The conference was truly inspirational Seana, and it was terrific to meet Margot, we really hit it off. Yes very very hard to give up !!!!!!!!!

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  3. Gretchen
    October 22, 2015

    Congrats on your prize! Sounds like you had a wonderful time and learned a lot. Looking forward to seeing it all in future posts.

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    • ladyredspecs
      October 23, 2015

      Thank you! It was an eye opener Gretchen, the first time I had come face to face with other bloggers.

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  4. Gather and Graze
    October 22, 2015

    It really was an awesome conference in every respect. To some degree, my brain is still trying to process all the info that was passed on from each of the fabulous presentations. The past few days have seen me working laboriously behind the scenes on G&G, paring things back in my side margin, making additions to posts for SEO and trying to come up with 100 post ideas to work from. Determined to get myself organised to the point of being at least 2 weeks ahead of schedule with posts to publish and be so much more organised/efficient in the way I work.
    What a joy it was to meet and spend time with you Sandra. Perhaps we should make this an annual event? I wonder where next year’s EDB will be? M.xx

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    • ladyredspecs
      October 23, 2015

      The more I think about what I took away from EDB15, the better it gets. I haven’t have much time in front of the computer since but I began a list of 100 blog ideas and came to a sticky end at 37. I need to get some posts scheduled too, I’ve done the cooking, taken the pics, just need to find time to sit and write. Hoping for a quiet weekend to move on upgrading PPTR. It was fabulous to spend time together Margot, it was good to find we has so much in common. I have a funny feeling I was going to send something to you and the grey matter has a blockage, can you remember what it was? Yes 2016 is a possibility. Sxx

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      • Gather and Graze
        October 23, 2015

        Hi Sandra, I think it was just to have a sneak peak at the style/format of your family cookbook… though only if it’s easy to send a page or two through.
        Just found out that you now need to upgrade to a premium package if you want to remove advertising from your site on WP.com. A shame, as I’d come to the conclusion that it was worth doing…
        Bring on EDB16! M.xx

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      • ladyredspecs
        October 23, 2015

        I took some photos of the book and sent them to Liz the other day so I’ll email them to you. We ended up having a long and interesting chat over the phone. That’s bad luck about the WP advertising , I did it a couple of years ago, I hope when the time comes to renew that they will allow it. Sxx

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      • Gather and Graze
        October 23, 2015

        Thanks Sandra, that would be fabulous. 🙂

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  5. Beck @ Goldenpudding
    October 21, 2015

    Well done on posting this already Sandra, I’m still trying to process and get my thoughts in order 🙂 It was really wonderful to meet you too, and also to connect with the Canberra blogging community which I haven’t had a huge amount to do with so far. Now to check out this Cajun salad 🙂 hugs, Beck xxx

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    • ladyredspecs
      October 21, 2015

      For some reason I have clarity of thought when I fly, I find it a great place to write.

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  6. Francesca
    October 21, 2015

    Ohh, An congrats too on the win. I love that recipe and have made it often with your special freshly made spice mix.

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  7. Francesca
    October 21, 2015

    Yo write so well Sandra – ‘girth stretching pastries’ – and I can almost feel you renewed energy and vigour for blogging, having attended this event.

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    • ladyredspecs
      October 21, 2015

      Thanks Francesca. It’s both inspiring and life affirming to spend time with young people, hope I can translate what I learned..

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  8. anne54
    October 21, 2015

    It sounds like a fun, learning environment. And you got to eat too, sigh.

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  9. cheergerm
    October 20, 2015

    Sounds super, a great overview and nice work on the recipe placing, yeah! 😁 (pardon the exclamation mark….)

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    • ladyredspecs
      October 20, 2015

      Every time I go to exclaim I have to stop myself! (Oops) it was terrific Cheery wish you’d been there…

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      • cheergerm
        October 20, 2015

        Me too, me too…I have a case of the severe ‘missed out on a totally ace blogging conference blues.’ But totally glad that you and some of the other beautiful peeps I have met on this journey had such a rewarding and fun time. (Ha, I have been trying to cut back on (!) in my writing lately too….)

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  10. Giulia Porro
    October 20, 2015

    Thank you for your kind words Sandra! And well done on your recipe entry 🙂 I am so glad you had a good time and learnt from our presenters. It puts a smile on my face!

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    • ladyredspecs
      October 20, 2015

      Guila, my words are genuine, every element of the conference was first class. I truly appreciate the effort that went into the organization. Not only did I have a good time, I learned heaps and I hope to be a better communicator thanks to what I learned. You should be proud.

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  11. Liz (Good Things)
    October 20, 2015

    Wow, such a great write up and so quickly! Lovely to meet you in person xx

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  12. Kitchen-Counter-Culture
    October 20, 2015

    Sounds really fun. Glad you had such a good time 🙂

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    • ladyredspecs
      October 20, 2015

      Thanks Annie, my first face to face encounter with other bloggers, loads of laughs and useful information

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  13. Debi @ My Kitchen Witch
    October 20, 2015

    Congrats Sandra! The cajun veg salad is one of my favourites. Sounds like you had great fun. Pass on those tips!

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    • ladyredspecs
      October 20, 2015

      I’ll have to get it all straight in my head, try things out and see if it works or makes a difference before I feel confident to share. It was excellent. I would have used several exclamation marks there for emphasis but we were advised to stop shouting!

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