I am having so much fun at Foodbuzz Blogger Fest. I was quite nervous before I left about going to a food blogging conference by myself, not knowing anyone in real life, having a roommate of someone I’ve never met before, and meeting bloggers with far more experience and greater readership than me. But it has been so fun to meet some of my favorite bloggers and blog friends in real life. Here is a review of Friday’s Street Food Fare Welcome Reception, the Saturday morning walk and breakout sessions, and the Tasting Pavillion. Gosh we’ve done so much! So many pictures!
Friday before the madness started:
When I left you before on the last post, I had an early morning run with my dad. After that, I hauled it back to the hotel to meet a group of bloggers for breakfast. I didn’t get a picture with them (gosh!), but we went to Bread and Cocoa, a little coffee shop/breakfast place. I ate with Kath, Mama Pea, and Emily and we all got oatmeal. Do you know how surreal it is to have oatmeal with Kath? She is the queen of making oatmeal.
Mine had coconut, gold raisins, granola, and brown sugar from the toppings bar. It was so thick and delicious for a cool morning after a long run. Yum.
There is a great picture on Kath’s blog of the breakfast group. This post.
Then I went to a camera lesson with another group of bloggers led by Ashley from The Edible Perspective. She takes gorgeous pictures and is an expert at the dSLR camera and taught us tips for cameras. I use a Canon Point and Shoot, but the session was still useful information for when I one day get a fancy camera.
We started in the Borders Book store Children’s section and then were asked to move to a conference area.
Friday Night: Street Food Fare
After some more sightseeing (another post will be about the scenes of town), it was time for the welcome reception/Friday night activity. Foodbuzz really knows how to throw a food blogger friendly party with over the top foods and vendors. The event was at the Herbst Pavillion in Fort Mason along the water. The theme was street food, so there were 8-10 stations of food fare from vegan paella to beef tacos, farm fresh fruits and vegetables, and 1200 cupcakes. Yes–twelve hundred.
The cupcakes that spelled out Foodbuzz. They were made by a San Francisco mini-cupcake company called Mission Minis and the company was also being filmed during all of Foodbuzz for an upcoming special on The Food Network.
I will tell you that I am quite the sweets connoisseur. Remember when I wrote about local Crave Cupcakes vs. Sprinkles? I am also skeptical of mass produced cakes like this because I think sometimes ingredients are sacrificed to produce so many. However, they made three flavors for the night and I tried them all. One was Pumpkin Spice with Orange Dulce de Leche frosting. One was Classic Vanilla with Vanilla Bean buttercream, and one was Cinnamon Horchota (??) with light green cream cheese frosting.
They were seriously all delicious, and I liked the Pumpkin Spice the best. Look for them around San Francisco or on TV soon!
It’s Tina from Carrots n’ Cake!
Ashley on film eating a cupcake.
This was the grid of how the cupcakes were baked and laid out.
It’s Meghann from Meals and Miles.
That’s it for this long post. The next one is about Saturday’s Breakout Sessions and the Food Pavillion. It is late Saturday afternoon here and we have the final dinner tonight and a citywide scavenger hunt. See you later!