There are 320 food bloggers about to descend onto Seattle and its variety of top-notch restaurants for the International Food Bloggers Convention in September. I’m lucky enough to be one of the 320! I’m making my way to Seattle through Portland (to see family and also Kyra’s Bake Shop) in a few weeks and I couldn’t be more excited. You can find out more about it here – http://www.foodista.com/ifbc2013.
There are three themes to IFBC – food, writing and technology. Since these are all things that interest me, I figured it was a good fit for me. However, that also means that I’m having a really hard time deciding on what sessions I should go to!
Here are some awesome sessions that I’m excited about attending.
Live Food Blogging with Amazon.com Grocery
This session is all about micro-blogging – blogging in short bursts after the product is presented to you. Brands will have a few minutes to explain the product and answer any questions. It’s about learning how to be quick on our feet with reviews.
I’m excited to see brands like Yummy Earth, Suja Juice, and ZICO coconut water. If Suja juice wants to give me a million dollars worth of free product, I’ll totally sell out to them. Just sayin’
The Elements in Building Traffic
This is all about tactics to build traffic spanning from web design to SEO and social media.
A Taste of Seattle and Gourmet Fair
Oh c’mon, who doesn’t love Seattle? I’m excited to get an opportunity to check out some local cuisine – although I’m a little unsure if any of it will be safe for me to eat! Needless to say, I’m excited about the gifting suite too – can someone say swag giveaway? .
Food Photography and Cooking Demo
This session highlights New York Times food photographer Andrew Scrivani and will feature the ‘A-Z’s of Digital Food Photography.’
Wine & Writing: Live Wine Blogging with @BordeauxWines.
I’m very excited about this because I love wine. I also love writing. Mostly wine.
Story Telling: The 7-Part Structure of Stories
While I don’t really like improv, I would like to learn about the foundations of a good story – including the classic seven-part structure of stories, plot advancement vs. embellishment and how to engage the imagination and memory to find unobvious details as the session description states.
Google Plus, AuthorRank, and Where Search Is Going?
Ian Lurie is hosting this session about how to use G+. If anything needs help for CATB, it’s our Google+ page. I can’t wait to get this up and running and as popular as our other sites.
But on top of the sessions I’m also excited about seeing friends in Portland and Seattle – including stopping by Kyra’s Bake Shop in Lake Oswego and seeing Charissa from ZEST Bakery in San Fran (making the trek up to Seattle to get down on some food blogging). There are a few other gluten-free bloggers going to be there including the @GFDoctor Jean Layton, and Adina from @GFTravelette. Who knows, maybe I’ll meet more there?
Hopefully I’ll be able to visit some of my favorite Seattle restaurants while I’m there like Wild Ginger.