A massive thank you to all those who attended Saturday’s Eat Drink Blog 2011 Conference in Sydney – a full day that ran from registration at 9am to the official close of dinner at 10:30pm – with every spare minute crammed with content. We were most impressed with the fantastic turnout of foodbloggers as we’d initially aimed for 80 attendees but on the day we had a total of 87 confirmed conference registrants. Amazingly, with the exception of the Northern Territory, we had representation from every other state and territory around Australia – a truly national conference! And we couldn’t have asked for a nicer bunch of bloggers to attend the conference either! Despite many having met for the first time, we noted smiles and enthusiasm aplenty and by the end of the conference day, many of you were getting on like old friends. You guys are awesome!
We’d encouraged tweeting during the day, and boy did you oblige. The day’s proceedings were so well tweeted and so many #eatdrinkblog2011 tweets flooded the Twittersphere that for a while, #eatdrinkblog2011 was even a trending topic!
Many thanks to the many guest presenters and panelists who gave up their time and in many cases, forked out significant amounts to travel interstate and present at this conference. We are so grateful for your contribution to the day!
Thank you also to the sponsors who gave very generously to the day – without their generosity, this day could not have been as well equipped and catered as it was and importantly, we couldn’t have made it free to all the conference attendees.
And lastly on behalf of the other organisers – a very big thank you to the staff that chipped in on the day – Tammi our MC; Christina and Peggy our photographers; Vicki our videographer; Thang our social media manager; and Anna our interviewer.
Below we have provided some links to information about the some of the conference sessions including presentations (where available), presenter profiles, menus, recipes and attendees featured during the day.
Food, recipes links and more:
Conference venue provided by Electrolux
Name tags and lanyards provided by bookarestaurant
Breakfast, morning tea and afternoon tea pastries provided by Brasserie Bread
Fruit platters provided by IMPACT Communications Australia
Coffee on the day provided by Toby’s Estate
Juice Bar provided by Breville
Juice bar recipes
Delice macaron tower and Lindor chocolate balls provided by Lindt
Drinks provided by Daylesford and Hepburn Mineral Springs
Lunch and lamb masterclass provided by MLA, prepared by Nonie Dwyer
Nonie Dwyer Chef profile (below) and photo
Nonie Dwyer is a chef whose passion for seasonal, local and ethical food has been honed by years working in the UK. From a multi award-winning restaurant in Scotland, to Michelin-starred restaurants in England, to three years as sous-chef and acting head chef at the famous River Cottage Headquarters working for Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. This role was as diverse as it was enjoyable, including cheffing, teaching, recipe development, food styling and TV production work. The role allowed Nonie to develop her love of butchery and make delicious use of every part of an animal. One of Nonie’s first butchery lessons was teaching one of Gordon Ramsey’s head chefs. Everything has seemed easier since.
Lunch recipe: slow cooked shoulder of spiced lamb
Beef and lamb cuts chart (although I note there is no lamb bacon cut)
Crab workshop by Kingsleys
Singapore chilli crab recipe
Conference dinner provided by Kingsleys Steak and Crabhouse
Conference dinner menu
Chargrilled flat iron steak with chimichurri slow roasted beef tenderloin recipe
Information on kiss chillis (the pickled chillis used in the conference dinner entree)
Note: no presentation slides were used for the Food photography workshop; Food Styling workshop; Crab masterclass; Bread masterclass; Monetising and professional blogging; Food Culture and Ethics.
Presentation on copyright regarding use of pictures and recipes, courtesy of Dominic Villa
Presentation on defamation, courtesy of Stephen Estcourt, QC
Presentation on SEO for blogs, courtesy of Michael Gall
Presentation on how to make your writing shine, courtesy of Valerie Khoo
Confirmed attendees present at Eat Drink Blog 2011:
For those interested, we have listed below all the bloggers that attended Eat Drink Blog 2011 (in alphabetical order):
Conference day prize winners:
Our sponsors generously provided conference day prizes with total prize pool worth $950!
And as you would have noticed with all the cameras and AV gear around on the day, plenty of photos were taken throughout the day as well as interviews with all the presenters. All of these will be available within the next week in the Eat Drink Blog media hub. But for now, here’s a small sneak peek from the day…
Breakfast pastries courtesy of Brasserie Bread
Fruit platters courtesy of IMPACT Communications Australia
Delice Macaron Tower and Lindor balls courtesy of Lindt
Tammi Jonas (@tammois) the MC for Eat Drink Blog 2011
Dominic Villa (@under_exposed) presenting at the legal panel
Stephen Estcourt (@stephenestcourt) presenting at the legal panel with Tammi as MC
Michael Gall (@MyAchingHead) presenting at the SEO seminar
Valerie Khoo (@valeriekhoo) presenting at Writing Seminar
Lunch prep underway
Nonie Dwyer presenting the lamb masterclass
Chef Lars Svensson of the Kingsleys Restaurant Group presenting the Crab Workshop
Matt Brock of Brasserie Bread presenting the Bread Masterclass
Quentin Jones presenting at the Food Photography Workshop
Peter Georgakopoulos' (@souvlakiman) Food Styling Workshop in full swing
One of the creations in the Food Styling Workshop
The entree from the EDB2011 conference dinner at Kingsleys - featured is the smoked yellowfin tuna carpaccio with pickled chilli and pistachio
For those that have a post on the conference day – if you haven’t already then please email the link to us and we’ll add you to the growing list of blog posts already featured here.
And don’t forget – we still have the Eat Drink Blog 2011 Photography Competition – entries close this Friday with some excellent prizes on offer, and remember you have to be in it to win it!
Many thanks again for all that attended and made the 5th November Eat Drink Blog day possible!
Simon, Jen, Reem and Trina
Eat Drink Blog 2011 conference organisers