Expressions of Interest Open for Eat Drink Blog 5

The Australian Food and Drinks Bloggers Conference, Eat Drink Blog, is the major community event organised by and for the Australian food and drinks blogging community.

Each year, Eat Drink Blog is organised by a different volunteer committee of local bloggers from the host state.

The Eat Drink Blog 4 organising committee is now looking for a new team to organise Eat Drink Blog 5.

Eat Drink Blog 5 follows on from the four previous conferences:

  • Eat Drink Blog 1, Melbourne, 2010;
  • Eat Drink Blog 2, Sydney, 2011;
  • Eat Drink Blog 3, Adelaide, 2012.and
  • Eat Drink Blog 4, Perth 2013.

As this is a national food blogging conference, each state has the opportunity to host Eat Drink Blog. All parties are encouraged to submit a proposal, but we are particularly interested in hearing from states that have not yet hosted the conference.

The format of Eat Drink Blog each year is entirely up to the organising committee. There is no requirement to duplicate what has been done in previous years.

The organising committee is responsible for:

  • Choosing the date of the conference.
  • Organising and managing a venue.
  • Finding and working with speakers and presenters to deliver the conference programme.
  • Securing and managing sponsors (if desired) to provide in-kind or cash support to cover the expenses required to run the conference. Traditionally, Eat Drink Blog has been completely free to attend as costs have been covered by sponsors. In the past, delegates have only been responsible for their flights, accommodation and personal expenses.
  • Organising refreshments (e.g. breakfast, morning and afternoon tea, lunch, and dinner).
  • Promotion, marketing, PR and social media for the event.
  • Creating conference collateral e.g. printed programme, slideshows and venue signage.
  • Communication with potential and confirmed conference delegates before, during and after the event.
  • Organising the conference competitions (i.e. food writing and photography), judging panels and prizes (if desired).
  • Organising any other food and wine experiences (if desired).
  • Organising gifts for speakers and bags for delegates (if desired).
  • Documentation of the conference (videos and photographs).

From experience, we recommend no fewer than three people on the organising committee to share the workload for organising Eat Drink Blog.

It is recommended that you discuss your interest in hosting Eat Drink Blog with fellow bloggers in your state to get an idea of who can be part of the organising committee and discuss what your vision is.

If you are interested in organising Eat Drink Blog 5 we would love to hear from you.

Simply email us at with the following details:

  1. Your full name, blog name + url (add extra lines for extra people if you are applying together)
  2. Your telephone number and/or Skype name.
  3. Your city and why you think it would be a great place to host Eat Drink Blog 5.
  4. A few paragraphs detailing your vision for Eat Drink Blog 5.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss any aspect of Eat Drink Blog, please contact Ai-Ling Truong, Chair of Eat Drink Blog 4, at to arrange a confidential discussion.

Deadline for expressions of interest: Monday, 13 January 2014.

The Eat Drink Blog 4, 2013 Organising Committee


Eat Drink Blog 4 – Done!


A massive thank you to all the delegates, speakers and sponsors for making Eat Drink Blog 4 in Perth (9-10 November 2013) a fantastic weekend!

Has everyone recovered?

The committee could not be happier with the way things turned out and there have already been some great blog posts with delegates sharing their thoughts and experiences which we have collated on our media page. Please email ( or tweet your posts (@eatdrinkblogau #EDB13) to us so that we can link to them :)

If you missed the announcements of the winners of the Photography and Writing Competition at the Eat Drink Blog Pop-Up Dinner or social media, here they are:


(1) IMPACT Photography Award: “Spices” by Emma of My Darling Lemon Thyme.

(2) IMPACT Communications and KitchenAid Community Award (public voted): “Calvados” by Karen of citrus and candy.

(3) Nescafé Dolce Gusto Runner Up: “Vanilla pannacotta w/rose gelle, sherbet meringue” by Cheryl of The Krooked Spoon

Click here for all the details.


First place: Wrapping Bakcang” by Sheryl of onebitemore.

Second place: “Broad Bean Salad” by Laura of Laura’s Mess.

Third place: “Hoi An” by Gillian of My Square Frying Pan.

Click here for all the details.

What’s next?

Eat Drink Blog has become an amazing annual event that brings together the Australian blogging community and we look forward to seeing what the future will bring. We will be announcing an expression of interest for Eat Drink Blog 5 soon.

Afternoon Tea by Red Hot Spatula

We are excited to have Red Hot Spatula sponsoring afternoon tea at Eat Drink Blog this year bringing an array of her Asian sweet treats to the table.

Red Hot Spatula is headed by Yvonne Bleach, not chef by trade but definitely a cook by heart. Having learnt the finer points of cooking sitting on her grandmother’s kitchen bench, her youth revolved around the many food-centric businesses her family was involved in as well as a multitude of gastronomic family feasts. Somehow, her career always veered into the foodie direction.

Yvonne has worked as a food journalist for Elle magazine and launched a series of bars and restaurants for a luxury hotel group in Singapore. Working in these environments opened many a professional kitchen door where she had the opportunity to be privy to many a masterchef kitchen, learning tips and tricks from the experts.

Leaving the rat race behind in Singapore, she settled down in Perth. Realising that there are heaps of foodies in Perth but a definite gap in the market for the type of food she can bring to the table, Red Hot Spatula was born.

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Sunday Activity – Option 3: The Classroom Cocktail and Cuisine Masterclass

Eat Drink Blog delegates, prepared to be skooled!

The Classroom Bar – Perth’s home of avant-garde bartenders – presents the third choice of Sunday activity for delegates – a one-off Cocktail and cuisine Masterclass.

Classroom LibraryThe Classroom Bar is one of WA’s premier Small Bars. One part time capsule, one part small bar, the space pays tribute to the school days of yesteryear and fond memories of childhood. It presents a distinctive, ‘behind our school’ theme experience that is currently not offered elsewhere in Australia or the world.

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Eat Drink Blog 4 – Preliminary Program and Speakers

The fourth national Australian Food and Bloggers Conference will take place over the weekend of 9-10 November in Perth, Western Australia.

We have already announced that award winning blogger Adam Roberts of Amateur Gourmet will be a part of Eat Drink Blog 4 in Perth (

Adam will be joined by an amazing line-up of local presenters and speakers on Saturday 9 November at Perth City Farm.

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Eat Drink Blog 4 – Writing Competition 2013

Last year the Eat Drink Blog writing competition was launched and we are excited to be presenting it again this year with a different format and a major prize which would fulfill a dream for every blog writer!

The winning entry for this year’s writing competition will be published in SBS Feast magazine!

Thanks to SBS Feast magazine for coming on board this year and supporting the writing competition, and sponsors Grand Cucina, Booktopia and MOO for contributing some great prizes.


1st – Entry published in SBS Feast magazine, $200 voucher from Grand Cucina, Luxe Business cards from Moo.

2nd – Booktopia pre-selected cookbook prize pack RRP $600, Cookut Cocotte valued at $179.95 from Grand Cucina, postcard and sticker bundle from Moo.

3rd – Booktopia pre-selected cookbook prize pack RRP $400, Cookut frypan 24cm valued at $102.95 from Grand Cucina, stickerbook from Moo.


Entries will be judged by an esteemed panel consisting of Alix Clark (Editor, SBS Feast Magazine), Jane Cornes (Freelance Writer) and Renee Bergere (Deputy Editor, Scoop Magazine).

Entry Conditions

This year entrants can submit an original piece of published blog writing that must be no more than 1000 words on any food related subject. It could be on a food traveling experience, a restaurant review, the headnote for a recipe, a story or article on an aspect of food that interests, excites or frustrates you.

Note: If the entry features a recipe, the story supporting the recipe will be judged, not the recipe itself so the ingredients and methodology are not included in the word count.

Entries for the competition will be based on blog posts published within the last six (6) months, up to and including the closing date, between 7 April 2013 – 7 October 2013.

All entries must be submitted via email to: writingcomp @ with the full name of the author, name of the blog, email address, social media ID, a link to blog post and attach a PDF copy of the text only, no images.

This competition is open to ALL Australian food and drink bloggers that meet the criteria, not just conference delegates.

Before entering, check out the terms and conditions page  to check your eligibility, full terms and conditions, details of prizes and bios of our judging panel.

Entries must be submitted by 20.00 (ACST) on Monday 7th October 2013

Mussels with Thyme and Verjuice by The Hungry Australian

Thank you to our EBD3 sponsors

Unlike many blogging conferences, Eat Drink Blog is completely free for delegates to attend. This is only made possible because of the volunteer organising committee and the support of sponsors and partners.

So we’d like to say a huge thank you to all of the companies and organisations who have partnered with us this year to ensure that Eat Drink Blog 3 is our biggest conference yet.

In particular, we’d like to acknowledge our three major sponsors: the South Australian Tourism Commission, the Adelaide Central Market and the Adelaide City Council through its Splash Adelaide programme.

Check out the full list of Eat Drink Blog 3 sponsors.

We came. We saw. We listened. We ate. We Blogged.

Well I don’t think I’d be the only one to say that the inaugural Australian Food Bloggers Conference, Eat. Drink. Blog. 2010 was a resounding success. What an absolutely awesome day!

Check out these blogs and galleries for the lowdown before and after the event. If I have missed your post, please tweet me @tummyrumbles.

We even got a mention in The Age.

Speaking of tweets, the conference was enthusiastically captured under the hash tag #EatDrinkBlog and #EatDrinkBlog2010.

I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank the generosity of our sponsors, without which it would have been a very dull day indeed:

  • The Essential Ingredient provided the venue, staff and a prize for a tweet your favourite @EsntlIngredient competition. It was totally inspiring to have our conference about food blogging in such a hallowed space.
  • SBS Food sponsored the exhibition of photographs from food and wine blogs,  and provided each attendee with a little goodie bag to take home, which included episode 2 of Italian Food Safari, before it airs on TV!
  • St Ali provided attendees with lunch and the evening meal by chef Ben Cooper, plus the space for the exhibition and kick-off cocktail party.  We applaud the fantastic floor staff for their enthusiasm, and Ben and his team for taking us on an interesting culinary adventure.  Many people broke their fish eye cherries that night.
  • Der Raum provided some seriously inventive cocktails and drinks. Check the twitter pics for smoking poison bottles and hip flasks in paper bags.
  • Prentice Wine provided a corker of a wine matched to our evening meal.
  • Red Hill Brewery slaked our thirst with some local hand crafted ales.
  • Daylesford and Hepburn Springs Mineral Springs Co kept us hydrated throughout the day with sparkling mineral water and soft drinks.

One must also not forget to thank the people that made it all happen so smoothly on the day; Ed, Reem, April, Mellie, Michael, Tammi and Jess, plus our fabulous panel members.

Lastly, I would like to thank all the bloggers who made this such a successful event. Your excitement and willingness to discuss what all this food and wine blogging business is about just made it totally rock.