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  • 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.

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    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!

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    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:

     

  • Food and Wine Conference, Orlando FL

    This past weekend I had the pleasure to join #SundaySupper host Isabel Laesing at the first ever Food and Wine Conference in Orlando Florida.  I first met Isabel at a Tampa Bay bloggers event at our market.  When she mentioned she was planning a conference, I was intrigued.  We kept in touch and decided to be an event sponsor.  After many requests for our strawberry cookies on Twitter, how could I not share the strawberry goodness? ;)  Loaded with our strawberry cookies, I headed to Orlando on Saturday.

    Parkesdale strawberry cookies

    Not sure what to expect, I arrived at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort Hotel.  The grounds surrounding the hotel were gorgeous.  I can only imagine what the rooms must have looked like.  I must say, I was surprised by the swag bag.  So many nationally recognized brands such as Idaho Potatoes, Dixie Crystals, Duda Farm Fresh Foods and Stonyfield Yogurt.  But my heart was happy when I saw so many local brands: Datz, Wish Farms and Mario Foods!  

     

    Food and Wine conference sponsors

     

    Some of the topics discussed at the Food and Wine Conference included SEO Best practices by Dan Cristo creator of Triberr and Nicole Cook from the Daily Dish Recipes.  I had heard of Triberr, but did not realize how powerful it can be for any blogger.  By joining, you can find other bloggers like yourself and share each other's content.  Another great panel was Writing that Gets Noticed by "The Media" with Janet Keeler (Tampa Bay Times), Jeff Houck (Tampa Tribune), Pam Settle (Good Living Magazine) and Gayle Guyardo (News Channel 8).

    Sara Moulton Food and Wine Conference

    I was lucky enough to meet Sara Moulton from Good Morning America.  She previously hosted "Sara's Secrets" on the Food Network.  She was part of the panel on The Process of Writing a Cookbook.  Unfortunately, I was unable to return on Sunday for her cooking demonstration.  :(  I sure look forward to next year's Food and Wine conference.  Isabel did an amazing job at selecting the location and the panelist topics.  As a brand blogger, this is one conference to come back to!

    Main take aways from the Food and Wine Conference for bloggers:

    1.  Find your passion and be authentic.  
    2.  Quality content trumps quantity content.  Be consistant, offer fresh content.
    3.  Join Triberr!

    Have you heard of Triberr? Are you on it?

    What other blogger conferences are you planning on attending this year?

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