from one generation to the next
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.
Food vendor precinct The Hamlet, Lonsdale Street Braddon