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Saturday, 20 August 2011

Food Blogger Connect 2011

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This time last week I was at Food Blogger Connect 2011 (FBC), thanks to Olives from Spain, who generously gave away 4 tickets to the event via Twitter.

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Held at the Hempel Hotel, FBC is a 3-day conference for food bloggers, covering a variety of food related topics and just about everything you wanted to know about blogging. Attracting food bloggers from all over Europe and beyond, there are guest speakers, workshops, cooking demonstrations and food/wine tastings. It's a great weekend for all, even those who are thinking about starting a food blog.

Some highlights of the weekend were:

Tim Hayward - journalist & broadcaster, founder of Fire & Knives
Babette Pepaj - from BakeSpace
Jaden Hair - from Steamy Kitchen
Fiona Beckett - award winning food & drink writer, she blogs at Food and Wine Finds
Anjum Anand - TV chef & cookery writer
Caroline Mili Artiss - rising cookery star & Malaysian food expert
Leila Brandão - incredible handmade chocolates

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Plenty of olives!

FBC11 was sponsored by Cuisinart, Olives from Spain, Cooklet and Vive Le Cheese. There were plenty of olives to try and the French cheeses were delicious. We were all given a goodie bag to take away - filled with awesome stuff - including a fabulous electric Cuisinart pepper mill.

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Looking forward to trying some new products!

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Anjum Anand, see the video here

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Her summery salad dish

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Watching a cookery demonstration

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Caroline MiLi Artiss making a tapenade

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Ingredients for the tapenade

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In the food processor

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Finished tapenade

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Jaden Hair picking the lucky winner of a cusinart appliance

Some of the food:
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As well as some of the old established food blog crowd, there were plenty of new faces there. You can read what others had to say about FBC11 by clicking on the links:

Love Through The Stomach
Provence Calling
MeLikeyUK

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Fabulicious Food!
I Am A Feeder
Junglefrog-Cooking
My Custard Pie
Yum and More

For more information on next year's conference, go to the Food Blogger Connect website.

Thanks once again to Olives from Spain for my weekend pass!

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14 comments:

MeLikeyUK said...

Hey Nic! "Olive-tastic" Girl! You have captured some really great memories from the weekend. It was nice to have met you. I was really impressed with the overall content of the conference and the goody bag was a Brucie bonus! I am in love with my Electric Pepper Mill!

bellini said...

I just love the4se kind of events Nic. I am sure you had a great time!

nic@nipitinthebud said...

what a terrific day out.
I love tapenade yet never think to make it myself. It looks so simple so there's no excuse really!
Mmm, you've got me thinking about lunch now and it's only 7.15am :o)

Jan said...

Wow what a great time you all had! A lovely load of nice products there too Nic!

Maggie said...

Looks like a perfect day!

Choclette said...

Sounds like a fabulous day out and great fun to meet up with other food bloggers. The goody bag looks worth having too.

Gretchen said...

Nic, what great photos! I think next year it might be you conducting the photography workshop.

Angela said...

Great post, lovely photos, you filled a lot of the gaps that were missing from my piece! Love how everyones posts together fit together like a jigsaw!

Valerie said...

Great write-up and love the photo's, especially the one of the goodie bag. We were spoiled, in a good way!

Karen S Booth said...

What a great write up and photos Nic, if you are there next year, I will see you there ~ I had last minute B and B guests, and had to change my plans!
Karen

Bethany (Dirty Kitchen Secrets) said...

Lovely to have seen you again Nic! Glad you had a wonderful time. Lovely pics too. Best x

Hazel said...

Ah what a fabulous event! You have taken some beautiful photos of some very tasty-looking food! I hope you had a wonderful time.

WizzyTheStick said...

I dream one day of attending one of these events. You lucky girl. It surelooks like you had a fabulous time

lovefoodpinny said...

Hi,
I love your blog. I wish I had gone to the 3-day food event. Your photos and write-up are wonderful. Just started a food blog of my own & aspire to your blog.
www.lovefoodpinny.wordpress.com