Food and Wine Conference Recap, Orlando

Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending the Food and Wine Conference in Orlando hosted by Isabel from Sunday Supper. The event was housed at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort on Universal Boulevard.

Food and Wine Conference

As a sponsor, I headed up to Orlando with a car full of strawberry cookies for the afternoon snack break.

strawberry cookies

I must tell you, the strawberry cookies were a hit, but you already knew that.  I’m not going to lie, It was so fun to see everyone oohing and aahing over our Parkesdale strawberry cookies!


It was also nice running into other Plant City people!  I ran into Sue Harrell from Strawberry Sue.  If you don’t know Sue, she’s the director of marketing for the Florida Strawberry Association as well as a seasoned strawberry grower.  Also in town, to give the Keynote Opening Speech, was future Plant City resident Ms. Whitney Miller! If you missed her on Master Chef, she was the winner of the show’s first season.

food and wine conference keynote speech

The other keynote speaker was Emily Ellen from Food Network Star.  She was a finalist from season 8.  With her Retro Rad look and her witty comebacks, these two were the perfect introduction to a great learning experience.

parkesdale strawberry cookies and emily ellyn

 Alas, it was a great weekend of fun, food and camaraderie among bloggers and brands alike.  I’ll leave you with some of the fun tweets about our strawberry cookies:


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Kicking Off Summer in Plant City

This past Friday, Plant City celebrated the first Summer Kick Off party in the new Midtown area.  Have you driven by that area lately?  It’s just pass downtown, across from the old Sweetbay store.  I was very impressed with the “new look” of that area.  The road has been widen, there are those cute street lamps and I’m definitively looking forward to the Midtown construction.

But, back to the summer kick off event, the girls were super excited about it because in addition to face painting, they were going to be showing the movie Frozen on the lawn! Can’t say I wasn’t excited too. :)

Plant City

The Lions Club clowns were there making ballon animals.  I lost count as to how many balloons the girls got.  They thought it was funny that one of the clowns was the sad one.

Summer kickoff

No outside party would be complete without bouncy houses!

plant city summer kick off party

Arts and crafts tables were set around the lawn.

Plant city summer kick off party

Plant City summer kickoff party

We grabbed some hot dogs from First Choice BBQ.  Best $3 hot dog I’ve had in a while.

plant city summer kick off party

As the sun started to come down, we made our way to the “lawn”.  As you can see, it wasn’t completely ready, but we didn’t mind.  It was a great night to be outside enjoying a movie with family and friends.  Thank you to the City of Plant City for putting together such a great event.  Aside from the activities provided for the kids, I felt very safe.  The whole area was blocked off so the kids could run around safely.  There were people riding their bikes too.

I hope to see more of these type of events in Plant City.  The City has started a Food Truck Round up event on Facebook for June 20th.  Keeping my fingers crossed that we can make it there!  Keep up the good work Plant City!


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#Fuelyourbetter with Vega Sport

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I first learned of Vega Sport products through an amazing lady named RunEmz.  She is a great inspiration with a heart of gold.  I may not know her personally, but I follow her on social media and she’s “good people”.  If you ever need any encouragement to work on your fitness, go check her out.  Anyway, I had the opportunity to try the Vega Sport pre-workout energizer dietary supplement through my partnership with FitApproach.  I received a box of Acai berry flavor to try in return for this blog post review.

I’ve always been skeptical of pre-workout energizers because I can sometimes get too “wind up” after having real strong coffee.  I’ve used this Vega Sport pre-workout energizer for a week now and while I do feel some extra energy to get through my Nike Training Club routine and Dance with Jessica videos, I haven’t felt jittery.  Vega Sport pre-workout energizer is a plant based drink mix with 13 unique ingredients: sprouted whole grain brown rice syrup, organic palm nectar, natural blackberry, strawberry :), raspberry, acai and pomegranate flavors, citric acid, malic acid, and red beet powder.  The sprouted whole grain brown rice syrup has a high glycemic index while the organic palm nectar has a low glycemic index for a combination of steady energy that will not spike or crash.  The pre-workout energizer comes in two flavors: lemon lime and acai.  They also have a sugar-free version of the pre-workout energizer here.


Vega Sport’s new campaign #fuelyourbetter  is full of great links to help you train harder and recover faster.  What’s holding you back?  Are you too tired?  Is it stamina? Muscle burn?  Refueling? Overtraining? Whatever it is, that’s holding you back, Vega Sport can help you create your own personal fueling plan.  Sounds easy, right?  Give them a try!  Vega Sport products are part of the Informed Choice program.  All Vega Sport products have been tested for banned substances.

While supplies last, I will mail you a sample to the first 5 people to contact me with continental USA addresses.  Either leave me a comment here or send me a DM on twitter to @xiomeeks.


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