Here in Australia we sometimes feel a little left out of things. As I check out conferences and happenings in the world of food writing, blogging and photography, I frequently envy the short travel distances that those in the Northern hemisphere enjoy to get to any number of exciting events. Here we have three options – we can ‘grow our own’, pay thousands of dollars in airfares & spend many, many hours traveling to get to international events, or simply miss out.
In 2010, a group of passionate Melbourne food bloggers got together and produced Australia’s first-ever national food blogging conference — Eat Drink Blog. It was much appreciated by those who attended and declared a success. Last year I attended – and hugely enjoyed – the second national Australian food bloggers conference. I travelled to Sydney for the event and took the chance to put faces to some of the names whose writing, recipes and photos I had been enjoying, and to meet plenty whom I had yet to come across in the ether. We spent a terrifically informative day picking up writing, photography and SEO tips, networking and, of course, eating, and I came away vowing to make every effort to get to the next one. Apparently the gods agreed with me on that as, while I was on my recent holiday in Italy, an email from the organisers of last year’s event winged its way into my inbox asking me to be involved in putting this year’s event together in Adelaide, South Australia.
Last year’s event was extraordinarily well planned and coordinated, completely sponsored, and a unanimous hit with the attendees so we knew we had a pretty tough act to follow. However, we South Australian food types pride ourselves on our food and wine credentials. We have a remarkable array of both commercial and artisan food producers and are not called the wine state for nothing, so we were sure we could put on a pretty special event.
A couple of weeks ago we very proudly announced the program for Eat Drink Blog 2012 and I think we’ve managed to pull together a remarkable array of local, national and international talent to share their knowledge and skills with bloggers from all over Australia. With confirmed speakers including a nationally award-winning photographer, internationally recognised Australian food bloggers and, the icing on our cake, Dianne Jacob — author of “Will Write for Food” — our conference will comprehensively cover food writing, social media, career opportunities, restaurant reviewing, SEO, ethics, blog design, photography, photo editing, food styling, and legal matters. In addition, the delegates will have the opportunity to visit some of South Australia’s premium wine and food regions, sampling the specialties of the regions, spend some time touring the iconic Adelaide Central Market and enjoy a gourmet dinner featuring the very best of our local produce and beverages.
Oh, and it’s all still fully sponsored, so all the delegates have to pay for is their travel and accommodation!
So maybe it’s time for the rest of the world to be just a little envious of us?
For full details of Eat Drink Blog 2012 check our website here.