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Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Food Blogger Connect 09

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Davina and Mowie doing what food bloggers do best!

You might have heard about Food Blogger Connect, a conference held in London especially for food bloggers. It was the first one to be held here in the UK and another one is in the planning.

The event was organised and hosted by Beth from Dirty Kitchen Secrets, Jamie from Life’s a Feast, Hilda from Saffron & Blueberry and Mowie from Mowielicious, and was held at Levant, a Lebanese restaurant just off of Oxford Street.

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Meeting up with Sunita, Deeba, Pam, Davina and Jamie

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And Nora, Christina and Sarka

After a delicious buffet of Lebanese food, rounded off with amazing Oreo truffles courtesy of the talented Davina from The Sugar Bar and some cupcakes she had organised from LOLA’s, we sat down to listen to the presentations.

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The fabulous food

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Pouring the tea

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Eating lunch with Davina, Sunita and Deeba

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Those fabulous cupcakes from LOLA’s

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Photographing dessert

First we were welcomed to the conference by Beth, and then Jeanne from Cook Sister! said a few words about the BloggerAid cookbook, which you can buy to raise money for the UN World Food Programme's School Meals Programme (you will even find a recipe from me in there!)

This was followed by presentations from:

Meeta - who discussed photography, lighting and the use of props. Some of her top tips include adding a "splash of colour" to your photos, also add some texture to give a feel them a "feel" and to keep your shots "simple and clean".

Kang - who talked about taking photos in low lighting conditions, and how to adjust your camera's settings to get those shots.

Jamie and Jeanne spoke about finding your writing style and voice. Jeanne also discussed copyright and how to protect your blog.

Lastly Kang talked about social media and the different ways you can enhance your blogging experience.

To read all the presentations in depth, visit the Food Blogger Connect website.

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Time to listen to Jeanne from Cook Sister!

There were many food bloggers who travelled quite a distance to come to the event, including one of my favourite bloggers Deeba, who had come all the way from India. Some of us got together in the evening for dinner at Vivat Bacchus, near London Bridge and quite a few bloggers met up the following day for a food tour and lunch. You can read about the events from the other bloggers at the Food Blogger Connect round-up.

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At Vivat Bacchus with Jeanne, Jamie, Deeba and Pam

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And Sunita, Mowie and Alessio

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My platter at Vivat Bacchus

Some of the other food bloggers that I met were Sarah from Maison Cupcake, Kerrin from My Kugelhopf, Kavey from Kavey Eats and Oz from the The Kitchen Butterfly.

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We were given a goodie Bag filled with foodie treats

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Gifts from foodie friends

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Unknown said...

Hello, thank you for sharing your pictures from FBC, it was lovely to meet you there. Tweet you soon!

Shaheen said...

It all new to me, so thank you for sharing and linking us to new food bloggers. Did you say one of them travelled all the way from India, now that is dedication!

Nicisme, you really are a talented photographer.

Sari @ Cook Your Dream said...

Very nice round up and I like your photos! :) It was great meeting you at FBC!

KennyT said...

Oh dear, where are you in the photos?

Choclette said...

What a great event - wasn't aware of it at all. Love your Christmas Macarons too.

Ozoz said...

It was nice to meet you...I love the Cherrapeno name!!!!! See you soon.

diva said...

great post nic! :) u take such lovely pics, especially love the one of Sunita's fudge. they were so delicious :) had a great time at FBC. looking at the photos now and reading your post makes me miss it so much. x

Meeta K. Wolff said...

lovely round up! and yes it was an awesome time - it was great meeting you and look forward to FBC 10!

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

I am so glad you will be doing it again next year Nic!!!! Such a great way to connect.

Unknown said...

looks like so much fun!

Sophie Sportende Foodie said...

What a fun & lovely event!!

It looked that everybody had a fab time!!

Excellent pictures too!

Katie said...

Wow that sounds like a fantastic and very interesting/useful event. I've neer heard of it before, but would love to go to the next one!

Anonymous said...

Great post. And it was lovely meeting you too! Mowie

Jan said...

What a great time you all had! Loved seeing the pictures.

sunita said...

It was great to meet you again, dear Nic.

Lol,you always seem to have a picture of me with the camera!

Daily Spud said...

Looking forward to the next one and hoping that we get to meet each other then!

Jeanne said...

Great post - and great pics! I have very few of myself at the event, so I'n glad you took some (and I even look half-human in the one where I'm presenting! ;-)) It was lovely to see you there and I can't wait for the next one!

Suzanne said...

Lola's cupcakes look delicious and i'm sure they are. Cant wait to get some! Thanks for post, enjoyed reading it. xx