|The Winning Tweet!|
|FBC '11 Venue: The Hempel Hotel|
A special extended thanks to Bethany Kehdy from Dirty Kitchen Secrets and the team behind organising FBC 2011. Their dedication and attention to detail throughout the weekend shone through and it was a very polished and professional conference.
|Beth delivers opening speech at Food Blogger Connect 2011|
One of my highlights of the weekend was the Food Writing Style Workshop run by Fiona Beckett, a contributor to The Guardian's Word Of Mouth Blog and a blogger of no fewer than 5 food and wine oriented blogs. She was able to distill the differences between the journalist and the blogger and has summarised the presentation on her blog post here.
Richard Harden of Harden's Restaurant Guides also captured my attention. In 1991, he founded the publishing firm, Harden's Guides with his brother, Peter. Harden's produce restaurant guides from opinions expressed from what is now the largest annual survey of restaurant-goers in the UK. Richard gave an illuminating presentation on existing restaurant critics and what he looks for in a restaurant review.
- Forty percent of Top UK Restaurant Critics are in such a privileged position by virtue of being the son of a prominent journalist. Examples cited were AA Gill and Giles Coren.
- The top critics devote a small amount of their column to the description of the actual food itself; restaurants are social phenomena, of which food plays an important part.
- It is difficult to evoke images of food without coming across as pompus!
- Richard is not a reader of other restaurant reviews, nor does he read food blogs
- Harden's have 50,000 applicants a year to conduct restaurant reviews.
- Richard's practical and useful approach would include :
- A description of the place
- An opinion as to whether the restaurant is any good
- An answer to the simple question: As a diner, would you go back?
- What set of people would you advise to go to this particular restaurant?
- Always give the reader something to take away from your review. This should make the review stand out from the others.
|Caroline prepares for Tapenade Demo|
I was continuously blown away by the gifted photographers we had at FBC 2011. A quick glance at some of the blogs made me want to hang my head in shame! The nice thing about it is that they are all so modest with it, "Oh its just a Nikon this" or " a Canon that" but the way they unleash and manipulate "the beast" is quite something else! I am full of admiration! I have a lot to learn and after attending the conference, I will be investing in a good camera so that my photographs can be a bit more appealing!
|Happy Days: Foodie Obsessed Girls and Boys at FBC'2011|
Photo Credit: Sarka Babika
It was a marvellous event. It is fantastic to be part of such a fabulous food community. You know you are in good company when your love of food is mirrored by others and is not met with a vacant or bored expression!
A date in the diary has been set for next year's Food Blogger Connect; the weekend of June 22-24, 2012.
My thanks again to Olives from Spain for making my foodie dreams come true! I plan to post some olive inspired recipes in the weeks to come.