If you’re passionate about food and writing, the Food Bloggers of Canada Conference is the perfect event for you.
This may sound crazy to some, but this conference was an awakening of sorts for me.
I’ve been to several Social Media conferences and events in the past few years as both an attendee and as a Brand Ambassador for several brands. Though I learned a lot from each event and really enjoyed all of them, the Food Bloggers of Canada Conference had me very, very excited.
The Food Bloggers of Canada Conference has Canadian food bloggers covered.
I have to admit that I felt a bit like a school girl does when she sees her favourite stars/celebrities/idols in person. Anyone who is a foodie follows Dana McCauley, Heather Travis, Mairlyn Smith, Aimee Wimbush-Bourque, Mardi Michels, Julie Van Rosendaal, David Leite, Adell Shneer, Dianne Jacob, Mary Luz Mejia, Corey Mintz, Jan Scott and all the other foodie superstars present at FBC2013.
Dana McCauley is the person to follow for food innovation and food trends. I met her for the first time at the ShesConnected Conference two years ago and then when I was an official food blogger for Food Network Canada’s Recipe to Riches, our paths crossed again – this time in the Twitterverse!
Heather Travis has got to be one of my absolute favourite people in the world. Why? She represents the many beef farming families in Canada like my own family. I’ve been done guest posts on the Canadian Beef blog for Heather and am now a Canadian Beef Ambassador. This means a lot to me, as beef farming is my family’s livelihood. Being able to bridge both worlds of farming and the every day consumer and showing consumers that we are the faces behind the food people eat really is important to me.
Mairlyn Smith just blows me away by her amazing presence. I was a bit caught off guard when I met her at Food Bloggers of Canada. I wanted to tell her that I really love seeing her on BT Toronto and CityLine. I’m not sure, but the words conveyed may or may not have come out as something like “OMG. I love you. I can’t even talk right now because I’m such a big fan!” You know…things that people in Mairlyn’s position probably hate hearing all the time.
One of the highlights of Day 1 of the Food Bloggers of Canada Conference for me was meeting Aimee Wimbush-Bourque! I follow her blog, Simple Bites religiously. In truth, I aspire to be like her some day. Aimee is able to tell a story with her stunning photographs. Her posts are beautifully written. She makes food blogging an art form. She creates beauty with her cooking, her writing and her photographs. You know when a writer’s words “move” you? That’s exactly what Aimee’s posts do. They tell a story while weaving together a beautiful tapestry of words and photographs…and these images stay with you. Her love of food and of creating beautiful, healthy meals for her family really inspires me.
This also applies to Mardi Michels and Jan Scott. Both are food writers I am a huge fan of. Mardi’s talent extends to more than just making macarons, though she had me at macarons! Mardi is a woman of many talents. Visit her blog, Eat.Live.Travel.Write.
I sat at the same table as Jan at dinner on the first night of FBC2013. I was amazed at how personable, helpful, and humble she was. Not to sound like a total blog stalker, but you have no idea how amazed I am by such talented ladies like Jan. I guess it’s safe to say that the recipes, food photography and and just the way my food blogging heroes tell a story = recipe for success and inspiration. Read Jan’s posts over at Family Bites.
My roommate, SoberJulie sat on her bed in the hotel listening to me gush about all the amazing food bloggers and food personalities present at Hockley Valley Resort. I couldn’t contain my excitement and she probably thought I was nuts. Honestly, because I love blogging about food so much and I love following the above mentioned food writers, this is a big deal to me.
I remember calling my husband from my hotel room and whispering, “Oh. My. Gosh. Julie Van Rosendaal is here at Hockley Valley Resort! Julie from Dinner with Julie! You don’t even understand! I can’t even talk to her…I’m so starstruck!”
Of course, my husband’s response was, “That’s great, hun. Just remember, they’re just regular people in the end.” Is he kidding?! It’s Julie from Dinner with Julie!
Keynote speaker, David Leite‘s words will stay with me for a long time.
“No comment left behind.”
“Find out what you stand for and don’t waver.”
“Be ethical to other bloggers. Be ethical to the people you write about. You have responsibility esp when it comes to Children”
I could have probably retweeted everything he said. I was just wowed by his words. Total and utter respect. If you don’t already follow David, check out Leite’s Culinaria.
What caught my attention this weekend at the Food Bloggers of Canada Conference:
- Bloggers and Brands – best practices for a happy partnership
- Making Dough – earning a living with your words
- Publishing – the many chapters of writing a book
- Recipe Development 101
- Food Photography and Styling for your blog
- Bookkeeping for Canadian bloggers
- Future trends in Canadian food blogging
Highlights of the Food Bloggers of Canada Conference:
- Meeting and chatting with Mairlyn Smith!
- Hanging out with some of my favourite tweeps (bloggers I’ve been friends with for ages now) – @SoberJulie @MapleLeafMommy @MBAMamaMusings @Sherriemae23
- Being able to get to know friends better – had a blast with @GreatMealIdeas
- Having a little #LoveCDNBeef @CanadianBeef Ambassador reunion with @HeatherTravis @AlexaClark @neilfaba @FoodMuser
- Catching up with some special people @MBosc @JanesFamilyFd @BurnbraeFarms (I love meeting up with these folks at events like this! It’s nice to see familiar faces)
- Having the opportunity to speak with brands I love and would love to work with more @summerfresh @mushroomscanada @NordicWare @KitchenAidUSA @KraftCanada @CampbellCanada @deltafaucet @CdnLentils @TastyTurkey, +EatInEatOut Magazine, Tree of Life and more.
- Just being able to attend such a fabulous, enriching conference was special for me. As a Canadian Beef Ambassador and as someone whose family helps put food on the tables of Canadian families, it was a great experience for me to be able to see things from so many different perspectives when it comes to food writing.