In a few short weeks, I will head to Orlando once again to attend the Food Wine Conference. This is one of my favorite blogging conferences for many reasons. I get to see my friends, have lots of laughs (which is always needed) and I have the opportunity to learn so many things.
I cook for a living. Six days a week, I’m in front of a stove and this is a nice change of pace to be able to put my “blogger hat” on for a few days and learn about blog-related things. This conference isn’t just for bloggers or Chefs, it’s for anyone who really has a passion for food and likes eating, drinking wine, hanging out with super fun people and learning along the way. That doesn’t sound too bad, does it?
Speaking of learning… I am MOST excited about 3 of the speakers this year: Lenny & Denise of Chez Us, Denise Vivaldo, Food Stylist Extraordinaire and Kita Roberts of Girl Carnivore. I will be the nerdiest nerd with my notebook in hand, ready to soak up every tidbit of knowledge they are droppin’.
Another bonus for me this year is getting to meet some of the #SundaySupper people in person. Isabel started The Sunday Supper Movement about 6 years ago and it has grown exponentially since it’s launch. So much so, that this conference is a direct result of it. As a blogger, the world in which we exist is inside our computers or phones. We don’t have offices to go to every morning or company lunches where we all hang out. We have the internet. It can be a little isolating at times, but the beauty of these groups that we belong to is the camaraderie that comes with it. Thanks to the social media sharing, it’s not all that odd to see people taking photos of food anymore, but we don’t just snap a pic and move on. We have to check the lighting, adjust a single piece of lettuce, wipe a smudge on a plate, etc. This isn’t weird to ANYONE else in the blogging world, that’s just a normal day. It’s nice to be around people who “get me” and don’t look at me sideways for taking 73 photos of the same thing before I’ll eat it.
As if that’s not enough, I was chosen as a Brand Ambassador this year. I’m beyond excited and I can’t wait to find out who my brand partner is and start working with them! There are so many great sponsors this year from Florida Strawberries to Cabot Cheese, you know there will be lots of good things to eat! And, as a brand ambassador, I get to pass a little savings along to you! How great is that?!
Oh yeah, and did I mention where we stay?! I have to tell you, Rosen Shingle Creek Resort is stunning. I mean it, it is absolutely beautiful. Don’t believe me? Here’s some hard evidence:
We get to stay here!!!! There are pools, bars, restaurants, huge meeting rooms, etc. and the best thing of all?! A culinary school On. The. Property! I nearly lost my mind when I found that out on my first visit.
As you can tell, I’m a little excited about this conference. You can head over to the website now to REGISTER and use my special code: PooksPantry to save $50.
Hope to see you there!
As a brand ambassador, I receive a credit when my code is used.