Wow. Just wow. What a whirl wind the Eat Drink Blog has been! Earlier in the year I announced I’d be on the organising committee for this annual and national food blogging event, which finally took place this past weekend.
As a committee member, I didn’t have time to take any photos except for in my capacity as official #EDB2012 McLaren Vale Instagrammer! However, there are hundreds, if not thousands of photos from the event floating around the internet, on delegates’ blogs, facebook, twitter and instagram. Simon Leong was also gracious enough to take a video and put together a fantastic 5 minute clip, which really sums up the weekend.
Although the weekend, (and the lead up) was stressful, I personally feel it was worth every minute of lost sleep and every new grey hair ;P. To see the look of delight on so many faces and to hear so many wonderful comments and reviews of our fair city is more than enough incentive to keep my buzz going. More importantly, I got to meet so many wonderful bloggers from around the country, who I know will be more than happy to get together again should I happen to be in their neck of the woods sometime soon.
Sadly, I didn’t get much time to actually sit and listen to any of the workshop sessions and presentations, but I did pick up a few tips and I’m sure I’ll come across more through the numerous blog posts coming out about EDB3. If nothing else, this weekend has given me motivation to keep blogging, keep learning and to keep networking!
I do have some highlights I’d like to share with you.
- Getting to know and work with such a talented group of people, I’m grateful to be able to call friends. Amanda, Christina, Erin, Tash & Alex (who was sadly (for us) was jet setting overseas when the conference was on)!
- Meeting all the delegates (of course)
- Taking part in the McLaren Vale Famil. A bus load of us were taken to D’Arenberg courtesy of the South Australian Tourism Commission, whereby we learnt about wine tasting and blending, and got to blend out own signature wine. The wines were all tasted by Jack, the winemaker at Darry’s and in a crazy turn of events the bottle Erin and I blended came up the winning taste! I have to say, most of the credit for this winning blend needs to go to Erin, firstly for thinking of such an outrageous name and secondly, for having such terrible measuring abilities. Her dodgy pouring lead us to the winning, but rather random concoction of something like 50% wine A, 27% wine B and 23% wine C.
- Introducing Executive Chef of the Hilton Adelaide, Dennis Leslie, to the 120 or so guests at the formal EDB dinner on Saturday night. I was a little nervous to be introducing such an amazing chef, especially knowing how fantastic the menu was. But Dennis was an absolutely down to earth and awesome guy to chat to about all things food (and blogging).
- Eating the most amazing (vegan) South American menu – A Seriously South Australian Fiesta! Which included chili con carne, quesadillas, bean and corn salad, guacamole, arroz cubano (cuban rice), and my favourite: the KIS ginger snow cones! All thought up by Dennis Leslie. Check out his blog for details!
- Listening to Tammy Jonas and Simon Bryant talk local, seasonal and most importantly, ethical consumption of food. And then having a pretty cool chat with Simon Bryant about his vegetarian Vs cultural philosophies afterwards. I’m looking forward to reading more and following his career more closely now.
All in all, the weekend was a blast. I am so proud to have been part of such a stellar organising committee and to have been able to show off just a small portion of what makes SA great, not forgetting the amazing sponsors who really came to the party for this event. It’s so good to see that the SA food & wine industry ‘get it’.