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An Adelaide Food Adventure

Eat Drink Blog Conference 2012
For me, the Eat Drink Blog 2012 Conference was all about the excitement that food generates – from those who create and offer it, and those who receive and eat it. A celebration, and exploration of all things food (blogging) related. An opportunity for food lovers to share their mutual fascination and appreciation for good food, meet each other face to face and take the time to learn from industry experts. There was much to learn from each of them. Much more than the short sessions allowed.
Over the last year I have been scrambling to learn as much as possible about blogging, and all related aspects and mediums. 

This has led to a number of blogging events and conferences. I do not usually write about them here as I don’t think they hold any interest for you. This one I think will be of interest. 
The most exciting part of this conference was the meal breaks, and the exceptional dinner. The air of excitement that came over the room when it was time to eat was evident by 78 bloggers clambering to get the perfect photograph of what was on offer. No one reached for an item of food until everyone had taken their pictures. The increase in volume in the room, the sound of cameras clicking, the shuffling for positions was a sight to see. 
Food Bloggers at meal breaks
We have visited South Australia many times, with McLaren Vale being our region of choice. I did not require convincing that Adelaide has some outstanding producers of food and wine on offer. It was lovely to discover some new ones over the weekend. 
Fresh Bread
 Bread from Laucke
Gnocchi and Pizza
Pizza and amazing gnocchi from Lucia’s Pizza and Spaghetti Bar
Award winning meats
Award winning meats from San Jose Smallgoods 
Fresh Market Produce
Fresh Market Produce – 80 stalls, 142 years of history – Adelaide Central Market
A large number of South Australian producers, SA Tourism, Adelaide Central Market and The Adelaide Hilton all participated in the event. Their generosity in sharing the things that make Adelaide special was tremendous.
On a visit to McLaren Vale’s d’Arenberg Winery I learned that there are 19 soil regions in the area that contribute to the attributes of each wine. We learned this during a wine blending session provided by d’Arenberg wine maker Matt.
Wine blending looks relatively easy –  it is not! Cooking could be considered an art that requires a very specific set of skills, this is the same. Matt told us that at least 50 attempts at a specific combination are tested to reach an acceptable blend .  We had three attempts at making the perfect blend, I hope that the beautiful d’Arenberg wine is not wasted on my creation!
Wine Blending
d'Arenburg Winery wine maker
My aim is that these types of events and activities will continue to lead to improvements here, to create a worthwhile and engaging space for readers.
Thank you to all involved in organising the conference and wonderful weekend. I am looking forward to planning my next trip to Adelaide.

*Tickets to this event and all activities and food were generously provided by the sponsors.  I apologise for not mentioning you all individually. I paid for my own travel and accommodation expenses.




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  • Miss Piggy November 14, 2012, 9:13 am

    It was such a fun weekend with like-minded souls that I’m SO bummed that it’s over. I love your blog just the way it is (for the record). I like your gardening tips…very useful to me.

    • Kyrstie November 15, 2012, 8:01 pm

      That is such lovely feedback Miss Piggy, thank you so much. It means alot. K

  • Seana Smith November 14, 2012, 12:40 pm

    Delighted to read about it, Christia’es post also really useful.

    • Kyrstie November 15, 2012, 8:00 pm

      Thanks Seana, Christina’s posts are always fabulous aren’t they?

  • Jane @ Shady Baker November 14, 2012, 5:01 pm

    A great summary Kyrstie!

  • Nic November 14, 2012, 5:35 pm

    So how did your wine taste?! I would have loved to have a go at blending!!!

    • Kyrstie November 15, 2012, 7:59 pm

      I tried it on the day and it was pretty good, I am not sure if that was influenced by my taste testing prior though! I will let you know..

  • Nic@diningwithastud November 14, 2012, 8:00 pm

    So great to meet you 😀 Had such a blast over the weekend. SO much food ugh haha. Constant state of fullness 😉

    • Kyrstie November 15, 2012, 7:59 pm

      Great to meet you too Nic. Constant state of fullness was wonderful! It was a big crash to get home and to not have all my food beautifully laid out for me 🙂

  • Christina @ The Hungry Australian November 16, 2012, 12:40 am

    Really glad to have met you at problogger and to been able to have a good chat with you then. Sadly, EDB3 was just too hectic for me but very much looking forward to our next catch up… somewhere! 🙂

  • Lizzy (Good Things) November 17, 2012, 8:15 pm

    A lovely wrap up and so good to meet you ; D

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