Food bloggers descend on Seattle

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.


Wine tasting at Chateau Ste Michelle

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?




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