I had the pleasure of being able to attend the Food and Wine Conference this month in Orlando, FL. Not only was this the first time I attended FWCon, but it was my first time at any food conference. I know, it sounds crazy that I’ve been writing about food for this long and haven’t made it to a conference before. I chose to attend FWCon as my first food conference to meet many amazing people I’ve interacted with online through Sunday Supper, to get that convention experience, and to learn some really amazing skills to better my writing and myself. I was both excited and nervous, but this wonderfully organized convention provided such an amazing experience, I have no idea why I was ever nervous!
After landing in Orlando and making my way to the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel, I made my way down to the welcome reception with Idaho Potatoes (see picture of me next to the huge potato). Once I got over my nerves and shyness in the first couple minutes, I got to meet many people I’ve talked with on the internet in person. Let me tell you, if there’s one thing I have to say about the Food and Wine Conference, it’s that it brings together some of the brightest, kindest bloggers together for a weekend of food, wine, fun, and learning. Later that night we were able to try some Gallo wines, and had the chance to talk and relax prior to a really busy and event filled Saturday & Sunday.
After breakfast on Saturday, we all gathered in a large convention room, and listened to food stars Emily Ellyn and Whitney Miller. They had such amazing energy, and it was great to hear some of their stories and inspiration. This kicked off some talks and seminars ranging from social media to how you present yourself and your brand, with many more in between. We all got together for a great family style dinner, and I was able to get a big picture with the Sunday Supper family, pictured at the top of this post.
Some Lessons Learned
There were a ton of lessons that I learned at the sessions held at the Food and Wine Conference. I want to share some of my favorite quotes and tips with you, and hope that they bring you some inspiration as well!
“There is something spiritual about coming together around the table and breaking (gluten free) bread together.” –Emily Ellyn
Think of Pinterest as your storefront.
Don’t use your logo for your Twitter icon image, we want to see your face! -Lora, Cake Duchess
“Quality of your Twitter posts over the quantity of your Twitter posts.” –Amy Kim
“You are your POV. You are your brand.” –Emily Ellyn
“What is the experience that you want people to have of you?” –Jackie Gordon
“Tenacity trumps triumph” – Monica Bhide
Food and Wine Conference Ambassador
I also had the awesome experience of being a Food and Wine Conference Brand Ambassador this conference. I had a ton of fun sharing my experience on social media, and I was excited to share the news about The Hundred Foot Journey. The movie will be coming out August 8th, and looks to be a fantastic movie centered around food and relationships.
I’d like to say thank you again to Isabel for organizing the conference, and for bringing many of us together through Sunday Supper!