I decided to write two separate posts, one in english and another one in polish. I thought it will be a better idea since I took so many pictures that i can share in both posts and at least they will look clear?
So, as many of you know from my fanpage on facebook, a couple of weeks ago I attended a leading International Food Blogger Conference (#FBC5) in London, organised by lovely Bethany Kehdy with support of her siblings and volunteers in Battersea Art Centre.
I don’t have that much of experience when it comes to blogger conferences or workshops, the only workshop I was part of, was a “Weekend with taste” in Wroclaw, so I didn’t really know what to expect to be honest. The night before the event I was stressed, I even tried to tell myself that – that wasn’t a good idea to go there, as there will be probably hundreds of more professional bloggers with bigger blogs than mine. I was so overwhelmed by the whole thing that on my way to London I got naouseus! This is what stress can do with people :)
Glad that I decided to go though.
From 12 pm. we had a time to schmooze, eat and celebrate with fellow foodies. For a while I was standing in the corner, thinking: “Omg! They all know each othere! I’m alone here!”. But thanks to lovely Nayna from Simply Food my worries went away :) It was a day of joy, full of passionate bloggers sharing their thoughts and ideas, the likes of David Lebovitz, Niamh Shields and Emma Gardner.
And what I’ve learnt from it?
- “Don’t be like everyone else, do what ever you like on your blog!”
- “Be uniqe and do it all for yourself!”
- “Blog is not a magazine it’s a personal adventure so blog whenever you like”
- “Your a dictator on your blog”
- “No one knows what you’re doing better than you so don’t judge yourself by criteria”
- ” Be proud of what you’re writing and don’t be afraid to show your personality”
Big thank you to Luchito, Dorshi sushi and Bake with Maria for all the great food I was lucky to try! Mind blowing mayo with chilli from Luchito, it still sits in my mind, and I hope I will enjoy it soon again! I even made my first ever bread stick with spelt flour with the assistance of “Bake with Maria” team :) Ahh….such an amazing time!
I also enjoyed Karen Burns-Booths of “Lavender and Lovage” and Renatka Behan of “Fabulicious Food” speech about “How to get noticed?”.
What I’ve learnt?
- “Submit your recipes in magazine, but try to create a recipe that fit in the theme of magazine”
- “Have the original content, so if you want to publish your own recipe don’t put it straight away on your blog”
- Very important thing is also having a bussines card and good quality pictures!
On #FBC5 afternoon tea I couldn’t resist having some Bev’s cookies, my favourite is banoffe pie and tiramisu! Now I’m planning to recreate them in my kitchen :)
Chobani was another brand I’ve never came across! They make strained yoghurt in so many flavours that I found hard to choose from. Every day we had a fridge full of Chobani yoghurts, unfortunately I couldn’t find them in Tesco’s (someone said they’ve been spotted there) so I have to live with my chobani cravings for the rest of my life (kidding! only until I find where to buy it).
I was happy to see there a polish presence. Ren Behan prepared on her “Polish Pop Up” a variety of delicious polish dishes with a hint of “Wiśniówka” liquer.
It was a busy day for everyone, I went home tired but happy after meeting so many like minded people.
Second day started with a “Capturing culture via cuisine” by Penny de los Santos. She’s an inspiring person! Her mission is to tell a story through the food. “Photograping people is always a privilage and responsibility” – worth to remember!
Next was Emily Jonzen of Leiths School Food and Wine and a food styling subject. I’ve learnt top tips on how to get the most out of your food visually and how to keep food looking fresh even if it has been out for a while. One of these secret tips is ” to pour the dressing over the salad right before shooting”. What was a bit extreme for me is if you put a tampon in a hot boiling water for a 2 minutes and then stuffed it in a chicken you will have a nice steamy chicken ready to take a good picture :)
On a community break I was amazed by Moose Maple Butter! Something I will definetely buy soon :) I still have that memory of an awesome taste of melting butter on toast, simply delicious! I ate enormous amout of food during those three days, diet is definetely required :) On the afternoon tea time Bethany and the team of FBC surprised us with another delicious stall – Petit Gateau and Peppermongers. I love the macarons from Petit Gateau and a surprisingly tasty ice creams with PEPPER from Peppermongers :)
It was also a day of “building a culinary social network” with Greg and Kasia of Cooklet, Richard Fattal of Grokker explained to us the future of online cooking and Strahil Anguelov of Blurb showed us how to self publish a book and monetise your blog through affiliate marketing. I was very interested when Alison Bolus told us how to write a memorable recipe that work I almost felt like back at school :)
Shortly after 6 pm we all gathered outside for a #FBC StrEAT party feauturing The Jewelled Kitchen Souk by Bethany Kehdy who also published her book so it was also a launch party. It was a real middle eastern feast. Delicious food, beautiful decorations I felt like in Morocco. Special thanks to Terra Rossa and Eddie’s Chillie Jams for giving us an opportunity to try their delicious products. Behind Eddie’s Chillie Jams there is a touching story! A girl who created that brand named it after her father, what a beautiful gesture!
After two busy days I got up absolutely exhausted at 5 am to catch the train to London. It was all worth the suffering :) Another great day full of good food, amazing people and inspiring talks. Dana Elemara of My Arganic talked us through the subject of launching your product line and on what to focus on if you decide to give it a go. Kate Bradshaw and Sanjana Modha from Food Network UK showed us a great presentation “What the food network looks for”. Food writing seasoned with a pinch of Wit by Aoife Cox of Daily Spud make me laugh. Great presentation with a good point: “You wanna write funny? Then read funny!”
Some other subject were: “A taste of branding – Brand bites” by Regine Wilber of Essence Design, “Breathing life into your brand identity by Regula Ysewjin of Miss Foodwise and “The importance of social media” with Emily Schildt during #CHObrunch hosted by Chobani. I had the most amazing bagel with salmon and scrambled eggs :) Eva Keogan of Home of Social told us how to maximise your social presence in just one hour a day, and it was where I actually started to think about creating my Twitter account for the first time :D It’s still a bit of rocket science for me!
Busy day ended with a giveaways, goodbyes and the final hurrah :) It was also a time where we got a heavy goodie bag loaded with great stuff! BIG THANK YOU for that.
After three days I couldn’t walk (I was travelling back and forth from Luton everyday) but I’m so happy that I had a chance to be there and meet all those people truly passionate about their blogs and food. I was surprise that some of them even when they have BIG famous blogs will make you feel so welcome in the english bloggers community – it’s something I never experienced before and I would never changed it for anything else now. Special thanks to you, fabulous ladies because I finally feel like home ;)
Check out the blogs of awesome ladies I’ve met there. I also choose few recipes you may want to have a look at:
- Bangers&Mash - Maple syrup and banana cupcakes
- The Diary of a Cake Maker – Goat cheese truffles
- Simply Food – Romesco sauce
- Tinned Tomatoes – Moroccan style potato bake
- Slice off me – Prawn and samphire in butter chives
- Eat your veg – Roasted tomato and feta risotto
- Recipes From A Pantry – Courgette, yoghurt and mint dip
- Lavender and Lovage – Strawberry curd
- The Hedge Combers – Elderflower cordial
- London Unattached – Bread and Tomato soup
- The Spicy Pear – Chicken Tikka Caesar salad