If you like eating great food, talking about food, meeting other people who like talking about food, taking pictures of the great food you are eating, oh and of course eating more food, then a food blogging conference is for you. If you like all of these activities and love Southern Food the Foodblog South is the conference for you.
Last year, was my first trip to Foodblog South. It was also my first experience at a food blogging conference as well as the inaugural Foodblog South. In year 1, I was slightly overwhelmed with the amount of food, and content learned while at a food conference. I also did a poor job in bringing enough cards with me.
This year I was more prepared. I made sure that I had enough business cards, ate less, and worked out more to prepare for the food filled weekend.
In year 2 Foodblog South was even better than year 1. With a larger venue, more attendees, more food, and more speakers sharing an even wider range of topics, Jason and his team completely out did themselves. What they put together was a weekend that was absolutely amazing!
The only down side of the conference was that they didn’t have a multiplier machine where you could be in two places at once. I would have loved to be able to see every presentation, but I had to choose. Throughout the day, I learned about food trends, adding video to your blog, optimizing your blog layout and design, recipe writing, making money through your blog, and how to figure out what your brand is. At the end, there was an inspiring keynote delivered by Kat Kinsman of CNN Eatocracy. I am still digesting all the information that I learned over the weekend. I would like to think all the speakers for sharing your knowledge! I really appreciate it.
I am sorry that I don’t have more food pictures to share with you, but the food didn’t last long enough for me to take a picture (also my camera made it but the memory cards were left on my desk, so that is why there are only instagrams in this post). With this being a southern food conference, there was no shortage of great food. High Road Craft Ice Cream out of Atlanta had several of their best flavors to try.
Goo Goo Clusters from Nashville were there. Jim and Nick’s not only hosted a great dinner for us on Friday night to kick off the conference,
but at the conference they were there with dozens of cheese biscuits for you to try.
After the conference, there was a a beer and cheese tasting after party at Good People Brewery.
I realize that me giving you a brief recap of what I saw and ate at Foodblog South is by no means the same as experiencing the event for yourself. I do highly recommend that you make the trip in Birmingham in 2013.I enjoyed all of the food and great presentations, but the chance to connect with bloggers from all over is what I enjoyed the most!
With the blogging/twitter/facebook social media world that we live in, it is easy for a blogger to form friendships with other bloggers that they have never met. My favorite part of the entire conference was talking and meeting other bloggers! It is amazing how much more you can get to know about a person when you aren’t speaking in 140 character intervals! Thanks again Foodblog South! I can’t wait until next year.