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We're excited to announce FOUR amazing pre-conference excursions: two on Thursday and three on Friday, and each one is only $25! From farm tours and wine tastings to cooking demos and farm-fresh lunches, these fun field trips are sure to sell out fast! Read below for details and register here.

THURSDAY EXCURSIONS
You will depart the hotel at either 11am or noon (depending on excursion) and return by 5pm. Transportation is provided.
NOTE: If you are already registered for the conference, you can register here. Otherwise, you can register for excursions when you sign up for the conference.

Excursion #1: Capay Valley Ranches Farm Tour
Departing the hotel at 11 AM

One of California’s best kept secrets is the picturesque Capay Valley, a tranquil agricultural region nestled between the Napa and Sacramento Valleys.  We invite you to join us on a scenic tour through the olive groves, almonds and walnut trees that encompass our beautiful 400 planted-acre ranch.  Upon arrival, you will be greeted by the grower and ranch foreman and treated to an exclusive farm-fresh lunch, prepared using locally grown ingredients, including our very own Arbequina olive oil.  Next, you will be taken on a guided tour of the farm to learn about sustainable farming practices, innovative technology, and water conservation efforts.  There will be many opportunities for questions and photographs throughout the tour.  The tour will end back in Sacramento with each participant receiving a special gift bag containing a bottle of our certified extra virgin olive oil, as well as other items produced from the ranch.

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Excursion #2: Curriculamb Tour and Seminar with American Lamb

Join the American Lamb Board in a day of all things lamb from our pastures to your plate. Tour a local ranch and meet with local shepherds as they teach you the history and heritage and sustainability of the sheep industry.  Discover and taste new cuts of lamb that you may have never tried before through hands on butchery and cooking demonstrations with a local butcher and chef. Learn how to pair local beers and wines with a variety of lamb dishes.  Go home with a whole new confidence and interest in cooking more lamb.

12:00 PM  Depart Hotel – lamb lunch provided on bus

12:45 PM  Tour and Photos at Emigh Ranch - Martin Emigh is a fourth generation lamb producer in Solano County.  He raises and markets his lambs with his wife and two daughters.  All of their lambs are 100% grassfed and raised  naturally without hormones or antibiotics.

2:30 PM  Arrive Yolo Brewery – Craft beer tasting and sheep’s milk cheese and lamb salami - Like great food, craft beer tastes better when you know how it is prepared.  At Yolo Brewing Company, every beer is handcrafted.  Learn from their brew master how they create local, fresh flavorful craft beers in a new way. 

3:15 PM  Lamb Butchery Demonstration - Learn from a local butcher the variety and versatility of lamb cuts and how to cook them

3:45 PM  Lamb and beer pairings – enjoy two different lamb dishes from King Kabob masterfully paired with a different craft beer
5:00 PM  Return to Hyatt Regency

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FRIDAY EXCURSIONS
You will depart the hotel at 8am and return by 1:30pm. Transportation is provided.

Excursion #1: Farm-to-Fork Adventure through Historic Sacramento Delta

Experience America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital with an up-close look at one of California’s richest farming regions -- the Sacramento Delta. Our first stop will provide a unique look at America’s one-and-only commercial-scale producer of Belgian Endive (“on-deev”) at California Endive Farms in Rio Vista, California.  Company founder Rich Collins will provide some background and interesting facts about this intriguing crop while enroute to our first destination.  Once on-location, we will tour the unique indoor growing facility where the second stage of a two-step process renders endives from chicory roots. Next, we will travel back up Highway 160 through small communities situated along the historic Sacramento River levees to “pear country.”  Here the California Pear Advisory Board will show us hand-harvest and packing of fresh pears and introduce us to farming families who have been growing pears for generations in orchards planted as far back as California’s Gold Rush.

Last but certainly not least, guests will share a true Farm-to-Fork experience with farmers of locally-grown crops and wines in a picture-perfect setting at the heart of Sacramento’s Farm-to-Fork movement. The light lunch will include endive, pears, Delta-produced wines and other delicious locally-grown ingredients before we head back to the Capital City.

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Excursion #2: Discover the “Gem of the Delta”, Clarksburg Wine Country

Join John Beckman, vintner and president, Clarksburg Wine Company and General Manager of the Old Sugar Mill in an exclusive food blogger experience that celebrates the farm to table experience while exploring ‘vineyard to bottle’.  Only 20 minutes from downtown Sacramento, Clarksburg is uncrowded and unspoiled with an authentic, laid back charm and hospitality. Your journey starts at 8am with an insider’s tour of Chenin Blanc and Petite Sirah vineyards that have staked their claim alongside the great wine growing regions of the world. With the Sacramento River to the east and beautiful vineyards to the west, your destination is the Old Sugar Mill, the Delta region's most distinct location. Four wineries are your hosts for the day and include Clarksburg Wine Company, Elevation Ten, Three Wine Company and Due Vigne De Famiglia.

After a vineyard and winery tour, enjoy a farm to table meal expertly prepared by a renown local chef in the Barrel room and learn directly from winemakers on the secrets of making great food friendly wines and pairing tips. Over the past decade, Clarksburg has quietly become the most reputable new world source of Chenin Blanc.  Gerald Asher, noted wine writer of Gourmet magazine wrote a riveting essay about Clarksburg CB: “The Right Grape in the Right Place.” You will return to your hotel deeply relaxed, senses sated by 1:30pm and ready for the afternoon program.

REGISTER FOR THE EXCURSIONS HERE!

We’re super excited for our first Farm-to-Table-themed International Food Blogger Conference later this year, and you must be too as we’ve already sold 50% of our capacity! Check out who’s already signed up this year. If you haven’t signed up yet, don’t miss this exciting event (you can register here). We've sold out the last four years, so don't wait to register. We’re still hard at work creating what is sure to be a spectacular line-up of speakers, excursions, tastings and more, so be sure to check back here for updates or tune in to our IFBC Facebook Group (Not a member yet? You can join here).

Get $50 OFF your International Food Blogger Conference registration until December 31! That’s just $145 (blogger rate) to attend the best food blogger conference! Don’t miss out of this amazing event. This year we’ll be hosting the first Farm-to-Table IFBC in Sacramento, California - considered the Farm-to-Fork Capital of America. Register here and enter EARLY as your discount code.

Eat great food, drink amazing wine, learn from industry leaders, and network, network, network! Here are just a few more things you can expect from the 2016 IFBC:

—Three to five optional excursions on Friday morning to area farms, food businesses, markets, or cooking schools that exemplify Sacramento’s commitment to farm-to-fork

--Content covering not just food, technology, and writing but the key issues facing the world’s food community, including drought, food-insecurity, urban farming, sustainability and agricultural innovations


--A grand Saturday dinner featuring local food products from Sacramento, tentatively scheduled to be outdoors on the street outside the host hotel

--A Friday Taste of Sacramento event featuring food from local restaurants - Sacramento has more restaurants highly rated by Zagat than anywhere else in Northern California – including  San Francisco

--One or two wine receptions featuring excellent wines from the heart of the country's wine region

--Excellent rate of $149 at the host Hyatt Regency Sacramento, an AAA Four Diamond luxury hotel considered one of the best in the city

--Outstanding air connections from Sacramento International Airport, only 12 miles away

Register here and enter EARLY as your discount code!

We hope to see you there!

Agenda coming soon!

Speaker and session idea applications are now open for the 2016 International Food Blogger Conference and will remain open until November 10, 2015 at midnight PT. If you’re an expert, have a compelling story that needs to be told, or have a great idea for a captivating session, we want to hear from you!

Themes this year include:
    •    Farm-to-Table
    •    Food
    •    Writing
    •    Technology

Please choose the appropriate application:

I want to speak or nominate a speaker!

I want to suggest a topic/session idea!

SCHEDULE

    •    Open call for speakers: 10/6/15 – 11/10/15. We will accept your proposals and suggestions until October 30, 2015 at midnight pst.
    •    Session review: November. We will open this up for voting to the IFBC alumni and 2016 registered attendees.
    •    Speaker Announcements: Early December.

Unfortunately, due to the number of applications we will receive, we will not be able to reply to everyone.

The 2016 International Food Blogger Conference will be July 29 - 31 in Sacramento, California, considered the Farm-to-Fork Capital of America. Registration is open now and we're offering TWO fantastic early-bird specials!

--Get $100 off now through September 30
--Get $50 off from October 1 through December 31

REGISTER HERE!
(Use EARLY as your discount code)

We are extremely excited about bringing the conference back to California and to Sacramento for the first time. All previous editions of the International Food Blogger Conference have been held in great food cities known for their restaurants and local culinary scenes: Seattle, Portland, New Orleans, and Santa Monica. However, every foodie in America and worldwide knows a great culinary scene is dependent on outstanding farms. We selected Sacramento in large part because of its location at the heart of California's farming and agricultural industry.

Here are just a few of the things you can expect from the 2016 IFBC:

--Three to five optional excursions on Friday morning to area farms, food businesses, markets, or cooking schools that exemplify Sacramento’s commitment to farm-to-fork

--Content covering not just food, technology, and writing but the key issues facing the world’s food community, including drought, food-insecurity, urban farming, sustainability and    agricultural innovations
--A grand Saturday dinner featuring local food products from Sacramento, tentatively scheduled to be outdoors on the street outside the host hotel
--A Friday Taste of Sacramento event featuring food from local restaurants - Sacramento has more restaurants highly rated by Zagat than anywhere else in Northern California – including  San Francisco
--One or two wine receptions featuring excellent wines from the heart of the country's wine region
--Excellent rate of $149 at the host Hyatt Regency Sacramento, an AAA Four Diamond luxury hotel considered one of the best in the city
--Outstanding air connections from Sacramento International Airport, only 12 miles away

This is a fantastic opportunity to try great food and wine, learn about American's agricultural issues in addition to our traditional content, and - as always - enjoy a fantastic weekend in the company of your fellow food bloggers. Registration remains only $195 for "citizen" food bloggers who agree to write at least three blog posts about the conference (of whatever subject you choose) and $495 for everyone else.

 See you in Sacramento!

REGISTER HERE!
(Use EARLY as your discount code)

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