Monday, October 26, 2009

Food Blogger Connect Update - Speakers & Agenda


… is up to you!

You’ve heard it being twitted about and seen it posted on Facebook. Wonder what all the buzz is about? Food Blogger Connect 2009! And you can be a part of it!

So far, the response has been electric and we’ve reached further than we ever dreamed; food bloggers are not only training in from all parts of London, not only driving in from all over Great Britain, but they will be flying in from as far away as France, Germany, India and Singapore! And you can be a part of the fun, exciting speakers and great food! Just RSVP as soon as possible and hop aboard!

Food Blogger Connect is a fabulous party/conference being held in London on Saturday, November 28 at the Lebanese restaurant Levant. This is your chance to meet your fellow food bloggers face to face over a great meal, get to know them better, share ideas, network, plan. We will have an incredible line-up of speakers – some of whom you can help choose depending on what food-blog-related topics you want to hear about – with time for questions and discussion. And as a plus, we are all meeting up on Sunday for breakfast and a morning foodie tour.

Please note: We are calling for your ideas, and we look forward to hearing from you about the topics you’d like covered and who you would love to see cover them. Food Blogger Connect is the first Food Blogging conference to take place in the U.K and we need you to take the lead. 

Here are the nominated topics and speakers. (Your vote counts and so does your opinion. If you think we've missed someone who would be a great speaker or overlooked an important topic then please be sure to let us know by emailing us

A) The Essentials Of Food Photography & Food Styling
B) Creative Marketing & Social Media
C) Writing Style & Voice
D) Did we overlook a topic- Let us know.

We are going for more of an open, discussion style and where stated will have 2 or more speakers at a time sharing the platform. There will also be an open floor for all attendees to ask questions or throw out their suggestions.

Nominated Speakers For Topics:

A) Food Photography & Styling

1) Meeta from What's For Lunch Honey

Meeta taught herself everything she knows about food styling and table-top photography for a food blog, evolving from the earliest days of her blog and progressing into one of the best. Many of us now turn to Meeta for advice and her blog has won recognition and awards for its content and food photos. She can speak from the perspective of someone who is not a professional photographer, but who is now well-known - and sought after - for her stunning pictures.

2) Kang from LondonEater will be talking about photography skills during low-lighting conditions.

Which one of us hasn't faced the ultimate brick wall of food photography - taking pictures of that perfect dish in dimly or artificially lit conditions? Kang has mastered that talent with ease - one look at the photography on his blog and you'll be aching to find out his secrets, all of which he'll be sharing with us on the night.

B) Writing Style & Voice

1) Jeanne from Cook Sister!

Wondering how in the world to distinguish your blog from the crowd and develop a style that will make others seek you out? After being featured in and writing articles for publications worldwide from Australia to South Africa to Europe, as well as garnering numerous awards as a result of blogging for over five years now, Jeanne can tell you what it takes to get there.

2) Jamie from Life's A Feast 

Jamie's writing makes us dream, makes us laugh and makes us fly. Her amazing way with words blends nostalgia with her passion for food and it reads like a culinary masterpiece. Join us to hear Jamie share her secrets to gaining confidence with your writing, finding your voice and writing success.

C) Creative Marketing & Social Media

1) Kang from LondonEater

 Kang turned LondonEater into a successful restaurant food blog in less than a year. He gained a large number of subscribers, building a popular newsletter and worked social media before being named one of London's best food blogs by  Time Out London.

D) Do you think we forgot somebody? Let us know by emailing us to We can't guarantee that they will be selected but they will be considered. 

We are also looking for people to help spread the word. So, if you are interested in posting about this event on your blog, then please email and we will be happy to send you a flyer with all the pertinent details. You can RSVP @ The event number is 2009.

WHAT: Food Blogger Connect
WHEN: November 28th, 2009, 1 PM to 5 PM
WHERE: Levant Restaurant, London, W1
WHO: Everyone who is or wants to be part of the Food Blogosphere. Food Blogger connect is open to all, and you don’t have to be a long-time blogger to attend. Are you thinking of starting a food blog? This is the perfect time to come and learn how. This event is open to Non-UK Food Bloggers as well.
HOW MUCH: £30 for food and 1 glass of wine. This is the only fee and it covers the meal.
WHERE CAN I RSVP: Go to The event code is 2009.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Jamie of Life's a Feast, Beth of Dirty Kitchen Secrets, Hilda of Saffron & Blueberry and Mowie of Mowielicious

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Eric Woods said...

Just trying to comment as much as I can :-)

Molly said...

Commenting for Haiti. I'm glad your conference went off well.

Stacy said...

Another Haiti comment! And that conference really did sound amazing!

Unknown said...

For Haiti; I think if I could attend as a taste tester, I would have greatly enjoyed it. :-)

Unknown said...

"could have attended" I need more coffee.

Katie said...

YAY for haiti. I just want to thank you for your sacrifice and loving heart. So sweet of you to use your resources to help us help haiti. Best wishes.

Leah Wentzel said...

haiti haiti haiti

poobail said...

Commenting, but wondered if you have read Shauna Ahern's blog, glutenfreegirl. She's a great writer and baker. yum

Pat said...

This event sounds like great fun! Did you go?

Meg Kat said...

If this something like this doesn't exist in my area, I should really try and put something together. It just sounds like such fun!

Dbe said...

I feel so behind in this world of blogging!

Kat said...

The Lebanese restaurant sounds yummy

Jeanne @ Cooksister said...

It was so great to meet you there!

Sari @ Cook Your Dream said...

It was a wonderful meet up. I can't wait for FBC'10! ;)

Unknown said...


Since I'm reading backwards I already know what fun was had at FBC'09 loololol.. but it's good to read the anticipation & all the comments..


Anonymous said...

comment comment. thanks for the good work.

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