The weekend was packed full of motivating talks given by seasoned foodie bloggers and industry experts, excellent food (of course) and networking with some of the loveliest bloggers I've ever met. I won't cover it all here (or you'll be reading for hours), but these were a few of the memorable highlights for me.
The weekend kicked off with a street market meet, greet & mingle. Being vegetarian my options were a little limited here - but I did try some of the most amazing asparagus and pearl barley sushi and mushroom dumpling by Dorsi Sushi - a company specialising in the re-imagining of East Asian cuisine. It was a real Asia-meets-West-Dorset blend, with the rich flavours of traditional British cooking exotically packaged.
The afternoon's talks opened with the captivating David Lebovitz, the pastry chef and recipe book author heralded by many as the original foodie blogger (he started blogging way back in 1999). David's talk focussed on the changing nature of blogging; witty and insightful he stressed the importance of imperfection, including the personal when you blog (within reason, of course) and the significance of the audience's understanding of the person and process behind the words they're reading.
When he came to the subject of personal development (whether you should edit old blog posts to improve them) and un-constructive negative comments being left on a blog, David's advice was simple - "delete things you don't like!". Interestingly, he also described blogs as a 'dictatorship' - claiming that freedom of speech just doesn't apply when it comes to negative commenters a personal blog. Luckily I've never received any negative comments here, but it was refreshing to see someone taking such a no-nonsense approach to moderation.
|Afternoon tea, courtesy of Petit Gateau|
As someone who's always been quite shy about my blog, that it exists at all, this was really inspiring - there's something reassuring about hearing your own blogging insecurities echoed by writers you aspire to (and I'm sure I'm not the only one listening who felt that way).
|One of my favourite new things discovered at FBC - Chobani yoghurt|
|One of the best inventions of all time - butter infused with maple syrup |
from Moose Maple Butter
|Roasting aubergines - destined to become baba ganoush for the |
evening's street party
|Bethany Kehdy's middle eastern feast|
|Sponsor Chobani served us an incredible Sunday brunch - with some |
of the best scrambled eggs I've ever had
|Attendees left with the heaviest and most exciting goodie bag of all |
time - filled with gourmet ingredients and foodie treats