So, this past weekend I handed my kids off to my Mom and headed up to Nashville for Food Blog Forum Nashville. Although this was my third bloggers conference ( and my second Food Blog Forum event), I was really looking forward to this event.
Put together by Beth Sachan from Eat.Drink.Smile. , Lindsay of Love and Olive Oil ,and Leah Short of So Hows it Taste, Food Blog Forum Nashville was all about celebrating Tennessee. And as a Tennessean, I am so proud of my home state. Friday night’s party was A Taste of Tennessee; a dedication to our fair state’s best food and drink. Such favorites as Goo Goo Clusters, Yazoo Brew and Loveless Cafe were there as well as a few less well known folks such as Olive and Sinclair Chocolate, Corsair Artisan Liquors, The Bloomy Rind and Grinder’s Switch Winery!!! That’s right folks, I pulled double duty as a blogger and a vendor. Which confused a lot of people when they came up to the booth to get their sample of wine, but didn’t stop anyone from getting their sample of the new and unreleased Three Eighty Two!
Saturday, we all got down to business. Even though I had heard a lot of the information at FBF Atlanta, it was even better this time since I could keep up on Twitter. I learned all about working with brands, social media, food styling, media, recipe development – the list goes on and on. This best part though, was seeing some familiar faces from past conferences and meeting some new ones. And then there was lunch!
I found myself a wonderful line buddy, Erin from A Sense of Place, and together we ate from all three food trucks brought to us. YaYa’s, Riffs, and Happy Eating were all delicious. I actually don’t think I could pick a favorite.
After lunch, we all took our full bellies back inside to get together with our speakers in round table discussions and ask them tough questions. I don’t think any of the questions were tough since they answered them all. I really loved the intimate nature of those round table discussions. Bloggers could get more specific with their questions and receive more detailed answers.
The conference ended with a slew of giveaways. So many that everyone got something! And that was on top of the awesome swag bags. I ended up with a fantastically awesome mandolin from OXO. ( Recipe and show and tell on that coming soon!)
So to wrap it all up, the FBF Nashville was a lot of fun. There was a mountain of information, but the best part was meeting all the people that I share a passion with!