IFBC: The First and Best Food Blogger Conference!
We are thrilled to announce that IFBC is coming back to Seattle in 2014!
Organized by Foodista.com and Zephyr Adventures, IFBC was the first-ever conference for food bloggers, first held in May of 2009. The series focuses on three themes: Food, Writing, and Technology. This event will feature high-quality educational sessions, personal networking opportunities, and what 95% of attendees say is the best food and wine of any blogging conference! Join us for our SIXTH annual conference again in beautiful Seattle, Washington!
Dates: September 19 - 21, 2014
Location: The Westin Seattle
Registration Fee: $395 / $95
2013 SOLD OUT fast, so be sure to register early for 2014!!
*The cost of registration for all participants is $395. However, new in 2013, for food bloggers with an active blog who agree to write at least three posts about the conference, the cost is only $95. You can choose to write about anything you want - the conference itself, the venue, the sponsors, or the food - and can do so before, during, or immediately after the conference. This is our way of supporting food bloggers as you attempt to make a living (or cut costs from) your food blogging.
Above photo by Seattle Municipal Archives
Submitted by Guest Contributor on September 3, 2013
Only eat vegan? Gone gluten-free? Pit barbecue aficionado? Connoisseur of cake? Are you the friend who plans trips according to what there is to eat at your destination, or just looking for a new idea to work into the dinner rotation? Food blogs are a great way to find tested, much-loved recipes from every corner of the world — and there’s no shortage of them on WordPress.com, where quick publishing, easy photo handling, and powerful blog customization tools make it easy to build a blog where the food is the star. (We’ll also be unveiling a new recipe widget for perfectly formatted, printable recipes, just in time for IFBC!).
WordPress.com's own Michael Cain (who’s not-so-gradually eating his way across Portland, Maine) will be on hand at the conference sharing his experience as a WordPress.com designer and developer to helping you blog better.
His session will make sure your site’s layout is as engaging as the story about your Aunt Mary’s lasagna recipe: “Establishing a readership for a blog can be as much about the visual appeal and functional performance of your site as it is about the content of your posts — especially for food blogs, which are often photo-driven and have to communicate textures, colors, and flavors. Together, we’ll cover tools that can help you create an engaging experience for your readers. We’ll talk about specific tips, with an overall focus on basic design sense, functional feel, and attention to feedback from readers. I’m looking forward to sharing the best practices I’ve discovered through my own blogging experience, and hopefully learning a new trick or two!”
WordPress is the platform of choice for bloggers from seasonal produce-lover The Plum Palate to travel and restaurant lover Going for Seconds to incorrigible sweet tooth Gotta Get Baked to urban homesteader Soil and Cellar. Different bloggers, different audiences, different looks — but one powerful platform that lets their food shine and takes the technical worries out of blogging.
WordPress is thrilled to be sponsors of IFBC 2013 — stop by and visit our booth, where we’re equally happy to talk widgets or wontons. And if blogging with WordPress.com seems up your alley, it’s simple to start up a new site or import your content. We’ll save you a seat at the table!
Submitted by Guest Contributor on August 26, 2013
The International Food Bloggers Conference is one short month away. At Chipotle Mexican Grill, we’re excited to serve our newest, first-of-its-kind vegan menu item to the conference attendees: “Sofritas.”
Sofritas are shredded tofu braised with chipotle chilies, roasted poblanos, and a blend of aromatic spices, made with organic, non-GMO tofu from Oakland, California artisan producer, Hodo Soy.
An industry leader for organic, non-GMO tofu, Hodo Soy develops its tofu using artisanal methods of production. Right in line with our “Food With Integrity” mission, Hodo Soy’s mission is to craft the best-tasting whole bean tofu and has become one of the most reputable tofu producers in the country, making the partnership a natural fit. Looking to try a few of their products? Find a grocery store location near you here.
It’s been a steady journey for Sofritas, which first launched in the San Francisco Bay Area and shortly after extended to all of California because they were just so darn delicious. As of July 29th, we’re very excited to now offer Sofritas to our customers throughout the entire Pacific Northwest region!
Available at all California, Oregon, Washington and Vancouver, Canada restaurant locations, we’re eager to share the newest tofu item with the IFBC attendees and look forward to hearing your comments.
Join us for lunch at the IFBC on Friday, September 20 at noon for some spicy Sofritas burrito bowls and our gluten-free carnitas burrito bowls. You can also learn more about Chipotle’s Sofritas here.
We’re looking forward to seeing you there!
Submitted by Sheri Wetherell on August 23, 2013
Short of flying to Alaska, there’s no better place than Seattle to explore an array of wild, delicious, healthy and sustainable Alaska Seafood!
At the Saturday, September 21st, Taste of Alaska Seafood Reception, the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute will share some creative and delicious tastes of the best seafood Alaska has to offer. On the menu: Alaska Halibut Corn Dogs, Buffalo Alaska Cod Quesadillas, Grilled Alaska King Crab Pizzettas, and Bacon Wrapped Scallop Sliders (shown above).
While you’re there, Alaska Seafood invites you to pick up some of our recipe leaflets and nutritional information, and learn more about Alaska’s commitment to sustainable seafood.
Whether sustainable sourcing, healthy eating, or just plain gourmet taste is your focus, you’re certain to find something you’ll love. If you’re ready to dive in to Alaska seafood right now, visit us at www.wildalaskaflavor.com, and follow us on Facebook or Twitter too!
Submitted by Sheri Wetherell on August 20, 2013
If you love oysters as much as we do you're going to jump for joy at their oyster bar during this year's IFBC!
Five generations of the Taylor family have been farming shellfish in the Puget Sound since the 1890s, plucking their high quality clams, geoduck (pronounced "gooey-duck”), mussels and oysters from 11,000 acres of tidelands across Western Washington and British Columbia. In fact, Taylor Shellfish is the largest producer of farmed shellfish in the United States.
We're proud of our pristine waters here in the Puget Sound, and Taylor Shellfish is committed to being active stewards of our marine environment and have maintained their tradition of sustainable farming through innovative techniques and growing methods.
Watch this video about Taylor Shellfish, and get ready to slurp down some of the finest oysters you'll ever taste!
Submitted by Guest Contributor on August 16, 2013
Amazon Grocery is excited to sponsor Live Blogging at IFBC 2013 and showcase our large selection of niche brands. As a blogger, did you know that you can link to Amazon Grocery from your site and earn money when your readers click through?
Amazon offers bloggers simple advertising tools to help you monetize your blog and at the same time offer your visitors a trusted brand experience and a wide product selection from the world’s largest online retailer. Through our Associates Program, you can earn advertising fees of up to 10% when your readers click through and make a qualifying purchase.
How it works:
1. Add Amazon text links, banners and widgets to your website
2. Refer your readers to Amazon
3. Earn advertising fees on qualified purchases
Get Started Today
For additional details and to join the Associates program and start linking, visit https://affiliate-program.amazon.com/.
Once you’re a registered associate, feature the graphic below to link through to Grocery by visiting the Associates Promo Hub, navigate to the Home/Kitchen/Tools tab, and select the Grocery graphic to get your unique link.
$395 for non-blogger participants (industry, media relations professionals, etc.)
Who Should Attend
Bloggers, Food Writers & Cookbook Authors
Publishers, Agents & Editors
Food Brand / Restaurant Marketers
Public Relations Professionals