If you’re in downtown Seattle this weekend in the vicinity of the W hotel, you may stumble across a person suffering from a food coma. Seattle is hosting the International Food Blogger Conference. I hate acronyms but I’m caving. It’s IFBC for the next few days. This whole healthy eating thing is on hiatus until the conference ends at noon Sunday.
Calorie-counting is NOT on the agenda.
I can happily report that IFBC got off to a grand start Thursday afternoon with a tour of Chateau Ste Michelle and a wine/food talk with resident chef John Sarich. A sponsor of IFBC, the winery gifted us with John’s book. Very nice, especially if it includes some of the recipes I just spotted on their website.
This will be the second mega-clustering of foodies I’ve experienced. It was last year’s Blogher Food, hosted at the Seattle Fairmont, that convinced me IFBC was not to be missed. (These photos from a fellow attendee capture that blitz quite nicely.) Visualize hundreds of people snapping close-ups of their plates all day long. While that was a bit odd, the stuff on the plates was the ultimate draw. Really, do you think they would serve mediocre food to a bunch of food bloggers? Oh, and the instructional sessions were excellent. I listened, I learned, I acted (as in adding rice bran oil to my pantry after a passionate pitch from Jadyn Hair of Steamy Kitchen).
At least I can go into this weekend with open eyes. While calorie counting is futile, a blogger conference is a fantastic place to observe trends, chat with chefs and gain a different perspective on how we eat. This weekend, for instance, I’ll explore on a few foodie goals of my own: whole grains; plant-based proteins; faster ways to get my blog updated and anything to do with sheep and goat milk. Plus the best dark chocolate I can find. A random list, I know, but grazing works for a food conference, eh?