BlogHer Food is definitely the conference to attend if your love cooking, eating and writing about food. Not only is it a wonderful source of inspiration, but you also are surrounded by a lovely group of friendly like-minded folks and have the chance to make lots of great creative connections. As well as food bloggers, there are many editors, agents and publishers, all of whom are happy to share their ideas and expertise.
You are also able to meet people you’ve admired for ages and find out that in addition to being very talented, they are also really friendly and gracious.
Ree Drummond chatted to my husband and I for quite some time, and she actually asked for my business card. She was equally gracious to everyone else in front and behind us in the huge group of people who wanted to meet her. It must have been exhausting, but you would never have known.
Of course, there’s also lots of amazing food.
The Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle was a fantastic venue, and they, along with the wonderful sponsors, provided some incredibly creative and delicious food for breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks.
No matter what your interests, there is a conference track to suit you, and you can switch between the tracks as you like. From the basics of Food Literacy, to Food Activism, Cooking Techniques and the legal side of blogging, from storytelling to recipe development, there really is something for everyone. I enjoyed sessions on Cookbook Photography, Video Blogging, Collaborative Publishing and Book Promotion, as well as excellent keynote speeches at the beginning and end of each day. I learned about new books, made loads of new contacts and some new friends as well.
I also got to discover a great new-to-me destination for culture and food in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, but more about that later!
If you missed BlogHer Food this year, you can sign up now for next year’s BlogHer Food ’13 in Austin, Texas. Or join me and thousands of other bloggers at the main BlogHer ’12 conference in New York City in August this year. Hope to see you there!
To read more of my adventures in Seattle and at BlogHer Food, please click here.