An Adelaide Food Adventure
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.
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.
Pizza and amazing gnocchi from Lucia’s Pizza and Spaghetti Bar
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!
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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