Here is a list of my 15 favourite things from Eat Drink Blog 6. This is the best food blogger conference I’ve ever attended. It’s the only food blogger conference I’ve attended (so far).
The quality and quantity of food was exceptional. My only concern about quantity was at The Hamlet on Friday night when it just kept on coming and for the first time in my life I said no to schnitzel. I just hope none of the lovely food was wasted. I know the CEO sleep out was on that night. I hope Canberra’s homeless people had an opportunity to enjoy our bounty.
Who knew there was so much on offer at The Hamlet. I’ve walked past a few times and looked in but didn’t realise just how many vendors are there and how vibrant the place is.
I’m thinking on Fridays as I leave work at the hospital, I might have to swing past and pick up something from the Spit Shack. I managed to snare a lovely big piece of roasted lamb fat as well as a delicious rolled roast pork sandwich.
Sitting on the grass at the Capital Regional Farmers Market meeting bloggers
On the Saturday morning we went to the Capital Regional Farmers Market for a cooking demonstration and breakfast. I had a cheese and spinach gözleme. As it got closer to bus pick up time, a bunch of us wandered outside and sat on the grass. It was good to meet many of the bloggers I’ve been following on social media but have never met in person.
Matthew Evans and his stories about Canberra in the 1970s
I never realised the Gourmet Farmer grew up in Canberra and completed his chef apprenticeship here. Matthew shared stories of the Canberra food scene in the 1970s and how he went from chef to writer and reviewer. He also shared some stories about litigation and then his transition to the Gourmet Farmer.
Food photography and video tips from Tess Godkin and Alice Lau
Both Tess and Alice were awesome sharing some of their knowledge on photography and videography. Some Canberra food bloggers are keen to learn more from Alice about her smartphone photography and videography skills. Alice also has her own Girl in a Food Frenzy YouTube channel which I highly recommend you subscribe to.
Dinner at A. Baker and the lamb neck
The A. Baker dinner was a gala event so instead of shorts I wore jeans (because I’m classy lol). I was fortunate to be at a table with bloggers who didn’t consume vast quantities of food which meant I was in a fantastic position to enjoy not just the impeccable quality but a good quantity of glorious locally produced food to sate my appetite. It was great to be at a dinner and see everyone bring out their cameras to shoot food. I think all bloggers have family and friends who query the need to shoot a photograph of every dish at a dinner, but at A. Baker there were no qualms. The wait staff were amazing and happily enabled the food photography frenzy that went on.
As much as I love shooting RAW, I have discovered for social media purposes the JPEG photographs I wirelessly transferred at the time to share on Instagram and Twitter were less noisy than the RAW images I’ve processed and shared here.
I’ll be writing and sharing a separate post on this session later.
Brathaus spicy pork and Moroccan lamb bangers with egg roll for breakfast
Given my eating faux pas from the Friday night when I said no to some Brathaus schnitzel I made up for it with a Brathaus spicy pork and Moroccan lamb roll with a fried egg for breakfast on Sunday at the Nishi Gallery.
A. Baker almond and custard pastry
After a savoury breakfast you need coffee and cake. The almond and custard croissant from A. Baker was a perfect sweet balance. The coffee from six8 coffee roasters was also pretty good and helped stimulate my neural networks which were craving sleep after a late night out. I needed stimulating because the Merry Maker Sisters are just so perky.
Listening to Tara’s deep husky voice after a late night at A. Baker
It would be inappropriate for me to comment on Tara’s partying at A. Baker. Suffice to say on Sunday morning as master of ceremonies and panel facilitator, Tara sounded a little tired. At one point she was trying to get bloggers back to their seats and I think she would have preferred mind control over raising her voice.
It’s always nice to hear a story about Cooper her loyal and trusty whippet.
Cooking demonstration and lunch at The Boathouse by the Lake
The Boathouse by the Lake is one of my favourite Canberra restaurants. I’d eaten there twice prior to Eat Drink Blog 6. It was great to meet the owner, James Souter; two of the chefs, John Leverink and Alex O’Brien; and the sommelier, Kate Hibberson. I’ll be writing and sharing a separate post on this session later.
It was overwhelming. I often caveat my comments about Canberra along the lines that except for the horrid dry weather, I love the people, I love that it’s a small town with no traffic and that it’s spread out so I can enjoy driving my car (I’m a proud owner of diesel VW lol I wonder when the recall will occur!). The friendliness, helpfulness and generosity of local Canberra business people couldn’t be better exemplified than by the demonstration of generosity they made to everyone who participated in Eat Drink Blog 6. The hospitality was tremendous. Please visit the sponsors page at the Eat Drink Blog website for more information on these generous Canberra business people.
The organising committee
The organising committee of Eat Drink Blog 6 did a fantastic job of developing a program that showcased part of the burgeoning Canberra food scene along with sessions that were important for bloggers to develop their craft. We heard about search engine optimisation, food photography, videography, restaurant review writing and blogging to earn money and for some, make a living.
I cannot imagine how much time and effort went into meeting with potential sponsors, securing sponsors and venues and then nailing it all down. applause for the organising committee.
The bloggers I met
It goes without saying part of the reason for attending a bloggers’ conference is to meet people we only know virtually. It was really good to meet people in real life. Many of the interactions were fleeting but it’s nice to have that little connection. It’ll make commenting on posts a little more meaningful having met the person behind the keyboard.
The freedom to pull out my camera and shoot food carefree and happy
I’ve sort of already alluded to this but I’m a bit of a gear nerd and part of why I like blogging is the photography. I just like the idea that with a twist of a lens, a thought to the exposure triangle, a press of a shutter button, with a little processing and uploading of electrons we can share our photographs with each other. Add a few words and click publish and we have shared something of ourselves.
I really liked seeing what everyone was shooting with. It ranged from smartphones to small point and shoots to mirrorless systems to big arsed DSLR cameras. One blogger had a D700 with a battery grip. That says commitment!
My first ACTION bus ride
If it wasn’t for Eat Drink Blog 6 I would still have never caught an ACTION bus. The big bendy bus and others we rode were all comfortable and clean.
Things I didn’t like
- The end was too soon. I’m sure I could have eaten more if I had bigger trousers.
- Saying goodbye to new friends. Not to worry, I’ll continue to follow them online.
- Reaching a new belt hole milestone. This isn’t good. I’m planning a summer holiday.
- Having to say no to schnitzel on Friday night. First time. Never again.
If you attended Eat Drink Blog 6 what were your favourite things?
If you want to see the photographs as a gallery click here. Click on one image to see it full size. To see the EXIF data (including a map if the photograph was geotagged) click on the information (i) icon in the top right corner. You can navigate through the gallery using the arrow keys or by swiping if you’re using a tablet or smartphone.
Link love for Eat Drink Blog 6
One of the things we learnt from Todd was how link love can help.
I’ll build on this list as I get more links from Canberra Food Bloggers.
Serena Eat Drink Blog 2015
Flore My first Eat Drink Blog
Chrissy Eat Drink Blog Repeat
Alice Eat drink blog 2015
Nicole EAT DRINK BLOG LEARN