A year ago, I never would have imagined that I would want to write so much about food, much less be planning to attend a food & wine conference. Let’s face it; the only conferences I’d ever been to were education based and the most riveting topics dealt with new classroom management techniques and improved student engagement/achievement. I realize that I majored in English and that I chose a career in education, but at this point in my life, spending my free time listening to “experts” preach a new method of teaching or promoting a new textbook, is not fun. In fact, I’ve often wondered if there was something wrong with me, because unlike my counterparts and colleagues, I do not eat, breath, think, and live for teaching.
No, at this point in my life, I embrace what I love, and what I love is cooking, eating, drinking, travelling, and writing about ALL of it. And to now, be able to attend my first Food Wine Conference…I CAN’T WAIT!
So…What is Food Wine Conference 2016?
The Food Wine Conference is a weekend of pure bliss bringing together bloggers, small business owners, winemakers, chefs, public relations professionals, traditional media, new media, authors and brands.
Attend the conference and tap into information and resources that can lead to growth for both you and your blog. Connections are very important in today’s ever growing blogosphere. This conference puts you and those connections in one place. It is an opportunity not to miss!
For bloggers, the conference will focus on SEO, Marketing & Promotion, Writing, Publishing, Working with PR agencies, and Food Photography.
So…What can you expect?
#FWCon 2016 kicks off with a Florida Milk Spa presented by Florida Dairy Farmers, a Welcome Reception with Florida Strawberries, and a Taste of Rosen Shingle Creek on Friday, May 13.
Then, Saturday, May 14, is filled with break out sessions, guest speakers, and activities focusing on various aspects of blogging, the hospitality industry, and even everything you need to know for interviews and TV appearances.
Finally, Sunday, May 15 isn’t just a check out and go home day. NO…Sunday is packed with a field trip to Rosen College of Hospitality (yay! I love field trips!), grilling classes, food & wine pairings, and video/photography workshops.
Oh…and did I mention? All of your meals and snacks are included!
Still Need Convincing?
Check out the contests offered by our sponsors…
#BreakTheRouxles sponsored by Roux of Datz Restaurant Group
Enter to win (1) complimentary ticket to the Food and Wine Conference hosted by Sunday Supper and (2) nights stay at the Rosen Shingle Creek hotel in Orlando, FL from May 13 to May 15, 2016. All you have to do is create and share an original recipe of your spin on a classic, Southern dish on Instagram with the hashtag #BreakTheRouxles! The contest begins on Monday, April 11 and ends on Sunday, April 24 at midnight. We can’t wait to see your tasty Southern-inspired recipes break the ROUXles. Good luck!
#makeitwithMILK sponsored by Florida Dairy Farmers
Enter to win a year supply of milk, and iPad mini, a Florida Dairy Farmers gift basket, reimbursement of your conference pass to Food Wine Conference 2016, and have your recipe featured on floridamilk.com.
Develop an original recipe which must include at least 1 cup of real milk and at least 1 cup of one other dairy product (cheese, yogurt, ice cream, etc.) Be creative! It cannot be an adapted recipe. Publish a blog post with the recipe between April 8 and April 29, 2016. Share your blog post on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram between April 8 and April 29, 2016 using the conference hashtags #makeitwithMILK and#FWCon.
Want to Join Me?
Register today and use code “GourmetEveryday” to receive $50 off the cost of registration.
I hope to see you in May!