Conference Venue

New Venue!

Hello from the Eat Drink Blog 2014 Committee!

A while back, we announced that we were on the unfortunate hunt for a new venue. We are happy to be hunting no more, and can announce our new Saturday conference venue is Wandering Cooks!

Wandering Cooks is located in South Brisbane, very close to Brisbane’s CBD and the South Bank area. It is easily accessible via public transport.


Wandering Cooks is a multi-purpose venue providing resources such as a commercial kitchen and storage space to local foodie entrepreneurs, and a venue for events, trade shows, and pop up restaurants.
It is also the location of our second Sunday activity – a Food Styling Workshop with Brisbane food photographer/stylist Sarah of Emotive Light Photography.

Huge thanks to Wandering Cooks for providing us with our venue. Please head to their Facebook page to give it a “Like”, and check out their website.



We hope to announce our third Sunday Activity option soon, and provide a full program shortly. Stay tuned!

Merlo Keeping Bloggers Buzzing

Merlo – Keeping Bloggers Buzzing

We are extremely pleased to announce that iconic Queensland brand, Merlo is to be Eat Drink Blog 5’s exclusive coffee sponsor.

Responsible for introducing Queensland to its first espresso machine in the 1950s, and for changing Brisbane’s sidewalk dining laws in 1993, Merlo has been at the forefront of the country’s coffee revolution and is the perfect partner to represent the dynamic Australian coffee scene. Voted Australia’s favourite coffee again in 2014 at the I Love Food Awards, this coffee brand is true to the very essence of coffee and its origins.

In February Merlo marked another major milestone in what is already a history indelibly intertwined in Queensland’s culinary coming of age – the Merlo team welcomed their newest arrivals in a brand new Brambati Roaster direct from Italy, and a custom-designed Cupping Room, dedicated to sampling single-origin beans. It’s one of the only of its types in the city and a room designed to appreciate coffee.


Coffee is in the Merlo family DNA. Grandfather Luigi Merlo operated a trattoria next to a bocce court in his home town of Tirano in Italy. His son Gino was a budding adventurer and when he migrated to Australia in the 1950s, he bought with him Queensland’s first Italian espresso machine – in doing so he started Queensland’s coffee revolution.

Today Merlo Coffee has five Torrefaziones, 10 BarMerlos and can be found in over 1000 distinguished cafes and restaurants across Australia.

For more on Merlo, check out their website.

Merlo will be keeping our delegates caffeinated all day! Thanks to Merlo for coming on board as the Eat Drink Blog 5 coffee sponsor.

Sunday Activities Option 2: Food Styling Workshop

Sunday Activities! Option 2: Food Styling & Photography Workshop

This year, we will be organising several activities for Sunday 21st September. Delegates will be split into groups, and will be provided with an opportunity to learn, be inspired and engage with a local business or experience. Delegates will be given an opportunity to provide a preference for which activity they wish to attend.


We are extremely pleased to announce our second Sunday Activity option. We will be working with Sarah Bazar from Emotive Light Photography and the Wandering Cooks venue.


Wandering Cooks Logo


Wandering Cooks is a fantastic multipurpose venue located in South Brisbane. They support local food businesses by providing resources and a venue that is a commercial kitchen, storage space, garden space and a warehouse space for events.

Our Sunday Activity at Wandering Cooks on 21st September will be a morning of fun with Brisbane based food photography student and food stylist Sarah Bazar from Emotive Light Photography. Sarah’s passion is food photography and styling.  She is self taught, but has incredible knowledge of good composition and what makes a good photo.

The workshop will cover a styling session with items you would find around the house, and then a more detailed one. There will be an interactive session with delegates styling their own image, and a discussion of camera angles and lighting that is best for shooting food images, so be sure to bring along your cameras and phones!

We are pretty excited about this workshop, and feel that it will be a particularly useful exercise for a lot of our attendees!

Check out the Wandering Cooks Website for more on this venue, and have a look at Emotive Light Photography for some examples of Sarah’s work.



Eat Drink Blog 5 Registrations are Open!

Eat Drink Blog 5 Registrations are Open! [Closed for 2014]

[applications closed on Friday 20 June]

Australian food bloggers who are keen to attend the 2014 Eat Drink Blog Conference will be extremely pleased to hear that registrations are now officially open!

This years Australian Food Blogger’s Conference is to be held in Brisbane, on the weekend of 20th -21st September at our venue Studio Thirtyfour in the suburb of Newstead.

  • Eat Drink Blog 5, as in previous years, is FREE for all delegates to attend.
  • Delegates are responsible for their own flights, accommodation, transfers and expenses.
  • There are currently 60 places available.

Food blogging has evolved in recent times and as such, we are looking for a wider variety of bloggers this year. As usual, bloggers who cover food, wine, drinks, coffee, home cooking, restaurant reviewing and food discussion may apply.

We will also be looking for a certain number of applicants who are microbloggers and use other platforms or means of blogging (such as Instagram). You must specify how and where you blog or microblog at the time of application.

  • Due to limited places, we must specify that only one person per blog may attend EDB.

Complete the Online Registration Form to apply for a place at Eat Drink Blog 5. Applications close strictly on 20th June 2014, at Midnight, AEST.

Applicants MUST agree to the Eat Drink Blog 2014 Terms and Conditions.

Merely applying to attend Eat Drink Blog 5 does not guarantee you a place. Applications will be reviewed and an email will be sent to all applicants regarding their status by 30th June 2014.

In the event of oversubscription (there are more applications than places being offered), the Eat Drink Blog 2014 Committee will use their discretion to allocate places to a selection which are representative of a variety of blogs and blogging platforms.

This means regretfully some applicants may be disappointed. The committee’s decision regarding applications will be final, and no correspondance will be entered into.

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Eat Drink Blog 4 in Perth!


The Eat Drink Blog 3 (EDB3) organising committee is delighted to announce that the fourth Australian Food Bloggers Conference — Eat Drink Blog 4 — will be held in Perth, Western Australia.

Eat Drink Blog 4 follows Eat Drink Blog conferences held in Adelaide (EDB3 in 2012), Sydney (EDB2 in 2011) and Melbourne (EDB1 in 2010).

“We are thrilled that Eat Drink Blog will be hosted by Perth this year,” said Christina from the EDB3 organising committee.

“Eat Drink Blog is the only national food blogging conference in Australia so it’s an important way for Australian food bloggers to network and improve their skills and knowledge,” she said.

“We can’t wait to see what Perth come up with.”

At this stage, Eat Drink Blog 4 will be held in November 2013

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Expressions of Interest Open for Eat Drink Blog 4

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

Each year, Eat Drink Blog is managed by a different volunteer organising committee. The Eat Drink Blog 3 organising committee is now looking for a new team to organise Eat Drink Blog 4.

Eat Drink Blog 4 follows on from the three previous conferences:

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

As this is a national food blogging conference, each state has the opportunity to host Eat Drink Blog. So we are particularly interested in hearing from bloggers from Brisbane, Canberra, Perth, Hobart and Darwin.
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Eat Drink Blog 3 Delegates

This year 80 Australian food bloggers will be attending Eat Drink Blog 3 in Adelaide on November 3-4.

We are thrilled to be hosting delegates from every state in Australia bar Tasmania and the Northern Territory.

Many of our delegates have never visited South Australia before and we can’t wait to introduce them to some of our wonderful food regions and producers.

Want to know who will be attending Eat Drink Blog 3? Check out the full list of delegates here.


Food Writing Technique Workshop

As a special add-on to the free Eat Drink Blog 3 programme, we are thrilled to present a three-hour Food Writing Technique workshop with Dianne Jacob.

The best food food writing boils down to good writing and good story telling.

Learn how to craft writing that impresses, persuades and dazzles through techniques that amp up your food writing instantly. These include metaphor, simile, contrast, and writing with the senses.

We’ll break down writing samples from top food writers to learn their secrets of effective prose, and then you’ll try your hand. Exercises focused on the senses and food memory will stretch your skills and creativity.

You’ll be delighted by how quickly your writing improves.

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