IFBC 2017 | Day 1

Blogging remotely in our comfort zone is always great. At the same time, meeting peers and other fellow bloggers become quite tricky. It becomes “it’s just you” forever. Conferences are a great way to meet other bloggers and to build the network. Today I am going to share about my first-day experience in the International food blogging conference that I attended recently in Sacramento.

Sacramento is not a new place for me, and I was looking forward to being in Sacramento and walking in the downtown streets. I was bit nervous when I entered the convention center but the moment I found my name tag I was bit relaxed, and back to normal. I introduced myself and started conversing with other bloggers. And the SanFrancisco Bay Coffee surely did help me. :-) I enjoyed all their flavors (yes I was drinking coffee all day long) 

Morning Sessions:

Every session was informative and thought-provoking. I was taking notes as though I was in college. I did click pictures but enjoyed writing too.  The keynote speech by Nick “Nicky Bobby” Papadopoulos from Crop Mobster was a great start and inspirational. He talked about the food waste and the problems of the local farmers. Be it in India or US; farmers always suffer huh?

The next session was all about how to make money from your blog. As I never explored that area, it was an informative session. Abeer and Mellissa were terrific, and they shared their approach and other possible opportunities as well.

Lunch:

The lunch was in the State Capitol Park in a picnic style. Nugget Market sponsored it. I met quite a few bloggers and had a great time chitchatting with them. Some of the bloggers I met were Ramya, Ayesha,Tim, and great 8 friends.

Food Discovery Session – The Original Balsamic Vinegar of Modena.

One of the vendors who came all way from Italy was the Balsamic Vinegar of Modena. I never knew how to prepare balsamic vinegar and was ignorant about aged balsamic vinegar. I learned about the balsamic vinegar preparation. We got a chance to taste the fresh one and the aged one and how to differentiate them with their aroma. I gulped down the raw balsamic vinegar, and I liked it. ;-) We also received Aged balsamic vinegar as a compliment. I can’t wait to use it.

Afternoon Sessions:

The next session was with Stefani Pollack, and it was all about Instagram. I know it’s a big beast and it needs constant taming with love and care.  What I liked about these speakers was, they were kind enough to share all their tactics, and I can’t thank them enough.

Food Tasting

As part of the conference, I did receive a gift suite with all the products, and I am eagerly looking forward to using them one by one. Stay tuned for the updates on Instagram. I cannot skip the local food tasting on day 1. I was genuinely amazed by the vegan and vegetarian options, and I enjoyed every bite. Be it the avocado toast or the quinoa orange salad or the Idaho potato chips or the Vegan Thai soup or the caramel brittles. I was stuffed with all the food I ate. I should agree Sacramento is the farm to fork capital.

Food Tasting

Stay tuned for my Day 2 experience. :-)

3 thoughts on “IFBC 2017 | Day 1

  1. Sounds amazing Sri! It takes a lot of courage to step out of our cocoon and get that networking going right? I am a big introvert when it comes to networking with strangers – I dont know how or if I will ever change.

    • The first day especially for the first couple of hours I had that jittery but after that it was ok. Everything about food and it was fun. :-) You will automatically change when you attend these meetups.

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