Coming back from London and Food Bloggers Connect, part I
I’m just excited.
With the conference, with the city, with the journey.
The 3rd European Conference Food Bloggers Connect 12-14/8 in London was very well organized, covering a wide range of subjects and giving us food for thought! The speakers were all distinguished ones and willing to share with us their experience and knowledge.
Just like Jaden Hair from Steamy Kitchen did, who was also the keynote speaker, and shared with us all through the 3 days her amazing experience and so useful tips and advices that answered to a lot of our questions. In fact, she pointed out what it takes to distinguish in food blogging: be unique and good to what you are doing and of course, practice, practice, practice! Well, exactly what anyone needs in any field to be the best. Be yourself, focus on what you are doing and work a lot.
There was also a Food Photography & Styling Workshop with Beatrice Peltre from Tartine Gourmande which unfortunately didn’t attend because there were left no vacancies. But I did attend the very interesting speech about the basic elements of food photography by Jemma Watts who really liked! Hello Jemma!
Video blogging was analysed by the brazilian, vivid and humorous Nando Cuca from Cuca Brazuca, shooting the Indian british chef Anjum Anand while cooking a delicious salad with chickpeas, zucchini, coliander, spices and feta cheese! I tried to shoot a video too and I’ll try for the first time to edit it. If it will be ok, I’ll show it to you!
Every speaker had important things to offer except for the skype speakers who unfortunately hadn’t the chance to express themselves due to technical problems –no connection at the basement!
The sponsors added their touch too with useful information.
Olives from spain offered us tasty olives all through the conference and I was lucky-unlucky with this company: lucky to be drawn and win a cooking masterclass at September and unlucky because I have to be in Greece next month and cannot attend! And just at the time I was sad and didn’t know what to do, there she was Karin from yum and more! “Why don’t you give it to someone else? Snejana let’s say!” And there was enlightment!
1st, I realized I had won
2nd, I realized I had lost and
3rd, I realized that it was finally a win-win situation because, yes, a person who would love it as much as I would, could take it!! Yeah, and there she was, Snejana from Orange Thyme that was offered the masterclass! Thank you olives from spain, thank you Karin, thank you Snejana!
And here it is another funny –and strange- thing: I was sitting next to the French Zoeh from Gourmande Abroad to one of the sessions while she was making these cute business cards of hers with these tiny bottles with peppers. I liked this image very much and I shot it. Looking the photos of the day back at my room hotel at night, I look closely to that one and see written down at her notes: “Athina from Greece, www.sugarbuzz.gr”! Well, that may say nothing to you, but to me meant that another greek food blogger had come that day to the conference and had talked to the person next to me –Athina, a blogger that I follow but never had the chance to meet her in Greece! Well, that was it! We arranged to meet in Athens in a few days!
And there it was Leila from Leila brandao! Her tiny, works of art desserts are delicious and with a great variety of the famous brazilian truffles brigadeiros. I was really glad to give her one of my props –that had brought from Greece in order to exchange them at the last day of the conference- a small white-blue cup with its plate from the huge dinnerware set of my grandmother. I’m looking forward to seeing it in one of her pictures!
I offered the second prop, a small coffee pot where the traditional greek coffee is made, to Helen from Fuss Free Flavours and in exchange I got a very nice blue-white towel and a linen with a nice embroidery! I also got from italian Emiko -great photos Emiko!- from emiko davies a very nice wooden fork and knife, a scented salt from Zoeh and some white-red napkins as they were leftovers! Yuppiii!
The goodies bag that every attendant took was also a treasure for me: electric pepper and herb mill by cusinart, scented salts, spices, pasta, olives, musli, a spatula, almonds, honey, cocoa beans, the Woman & home magazine and many informative leaflets about various products. And these were one of the main reason for reaching the limit of my luggage weight at the airport, but hopefully, didn’t exceed it!
But the most important thing to me, those three days of the conference is this: a had the chance to meet all these wonderful people from all around the world, people that love doing the same thing with me.
Bethany, from dirty kitchen secrets, the soul of the conference who managed to organize one more year such a demanding event and be successful. Congratulations to the rest of the team as well, Sarka with the great shots from cooking your dream -thanks for the group foto too!-, Sarah from Maison Cupcake and the already mentioned Nando Cuca.
Also, except from the already mentioned, I was glad to meet Kira from Kazakhstan and cook4style –she’s the only one in her country dealing with food blogging!
Zita from Hungary and zizi adventures -thanks for the nice photo of Snejana and me!,
The American, leaving in Russia for many years, Jennifer from dividing my time
The talented in pastry young Emma from poires au chocolat,
The Tuskan girl Giulia from juls kitchen, with the lovely cookbook of hers with recipes from her grandmother,
As a conclusion, the people I met, what I heard, saw and felt at these three happy days of the conference, filled my mind and my soul with emotions, pictures, smells and joy. The only thing I wish is to be healthy and able to meet all these and many more people next year too. People who share the same love for food, for the nice things in life, for the life itself.
To be continued…
P.S. There will be a part II too, but it will be mostly about my impressions for London as I’ve visited it for the first time!