2012 Food Blogger Conferences

If you’re one of the fabulous foodies out there and you’re curious about the exciting 2012 Food Blogger Conferences this is your place for one-stop shopping. Want to know more about food styling or food photography? Or maybe you’d like to boost your food blog writing skills? Or simply network with some fabulous food bloggers! This post provides an expansive list of food blogger conferences occurring across the country in 2012.

Helene Dujardin provides instruction at a food photography workshop
Helene Dujardin provides instruction at a food photography workshop

Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and diligence. — Abigail Adams

Last year I had a goal of attending one or more Food Blogger workshops or conferences. I hoped to network with other food bloggers, attend some sessions on photography, and to score a few goodie bags in the process. Oh, how we love those goodie bags!

I was lucky enough to actually attend three! I went to BlogHer Food in Atlanta, the Food Blog Forum conference in Nashville, and a small food photography workshop by Helene Dujardin right here in Kansas City!

I’m hoping 2012 will bring even more. Of course, we can’t go to all of them so it’s important to weigh the options and see which one will offer the courses you need at a price you can afford.

So, if you’re thinking about a food blogging conference in 2012, review this list with your goals in mind to find the best one for you!

Food Blog SouthFood Blog South conference is featured on the Namely Marly site.

Dates: Saturday, January 28, 2012 the agenda includes a pre-conference Session on Media & Branding followed by a Pre-Party on Friday evening)

Location: Birmingham, AL

Theme:  The conference will include hot foods trends, marketing and social media tips, and even a live presentation of a blog redesign with specific tips for food bloggers.

Speakers: Food Blog South features many talented and expert speakers including: Eatocracy’s Kat Kinsman, fabulous food photographer and blogger Hélène Dujardin, and others.

Registration: Standard one-day registration is $150, but time is limited so secure your spot quickly!

Website: Learn more about Food Blog South by going to their their website, following them Twitter or you can like them on Facebook for regular updates.

Food Blog Forum

Dates: To be determined

Location: We know the next conference will be in Orlando, but not much else at this point

Theme: This will be the fourth Food Blog Forum conference. Attendees can expect relevant topics for food bloggers, including food styling and photography; best practices of blog design and usability; SEO; branding, marketing and monetization. There will also be several opportunities for networking, including an opening night reception.

Speakers: Food Blog Forum conferences continue to attract top-notch speakers. Past conferences have included: Jaden and Scott Hair, Lindsay Landis of Purr Design, Jeff Houck, Heather McPherson, and Dawn Viola.

Registration: The registration fee includes the Friday evening reception and all-day Saturday workshop and networking opportunities.

Website: You can catch the latest details about the 2012 Orlando FBF conference at FoodBlogForum. On Twitter you can follow FoodBlogForum or follow the hashtag #FBF.

Camp BlogawayCamp Blogaway is one of the awesome 2012 Food bloging conferences highlighted on the Namely Marly site

Dates: May 4 – 6, 2012

Location: Angelus Oaks (near Big Bear) in the beautiful San Bernardino Mountains of sunny Southern California

Theme: This is the fourth annual Camp Blogaway and the doors are open to passionate food and recipe bloggers from across the country — novices to well-seasoned. Set in a rustic location, Camp Blogaway takes a playful twist on the Bootcamp theme. Don’t worry, there won’t be any pushups involved just lots of great presentations on relevant topics.

Speakers: Camp Blogaway features speakers who are not just experts in their field, they’re real-world food bloggers who know the work involved in cultivating and growing high quality food blogs. The 2012 speakers include: Amy Sherman, Kalyn Denny, Denise Vivaldo, and more.

Registration: The $325 registration fee includes 2 nights’ lodging, all meals, workshops, materials, goodies as well as valuable face-time with awesome sponsors. Transportation not included. Space is limited so be prepared to secure your spot quickly!

Website: Learn more about this conference at Camp Blogaway. Join the email list or follow on Twitter for updates and reminders.

Eat, Write, Retreat

Dates: May 4 – 6, 2012

Location: Washington, DC

Theme: All-inclusive, value-packed food blogger weekend. This intensive learning weekend will focus on all the topics you love: food, photography, writing, and connecting with others!

Speakers: This conference packs a powerhouse of expert speakers each year. Check back soon to see who will be speaking at the 2012 conference!

Registration: Please check out registration pricing on their website.

Website: Learn more about this conference at Eat Write Retreat!

BlogHer FoodNamely Marly's Annual Food Blog Conference Compendium.

Dates: June 8 – 9, 2012

Location: Seattle, WA

Theme: This is the fourth annual BlogHer Food Conference that brings together food bloggers from every walk of life. BlogHer Food provides plenty of opportunities to meet other bloggers, eat great food, learn from expert speakers, and to share best practices.

Registration: This conference usually sells out quickly so head over to their site to learn more and register.

Speakers: Past conferences have included an amazing line-up of speakers such as: Jaden Hair, David Lebovitz, Michael Ruhlman and Molly Wizenberg of Orangette in sessions covering everything from food photography to blog branding. The list of speakers for the 2012 conference has not yet been published.

Website: More details about the conference will be published soon on BlogHer Food 12.

A sign that reads Welcome Bloggers at the Atlanta Garden Market tour at BlogHer Food.
The 2011 BlogHer Food Conference included a tour of the Sweet Auburn Curb Market

Big Summer Potluck

Dates: July 27 – 29, 2012

Location: Bucks County, Pennsylvania

Theme: The Big Summer Potluck started in 2010 as the brainchild of the ladies from Three Many Cooks and the Ivory Hut who decided that East Coast food bloggers needed to connect. The 2011 event brought together around 60 food bloggers from as close by as next door and from far away too. The setting and small group size leads to a very intimate gathering which is perfect to get to know other committed food bloggers and to learn from nationally-recognized speakers.

Speakers: The 2012 Big Summer Potluck will showcase food blogger Joy Wilson of Joy the Baker and Brooke Burton-Lüttmann of Food Woolf.

Registration: This conference registration will open up in February and is expected to fill quickly (spots are limited to 75) and last year filled within 3 hours. You’re encouraged to check the site and Twitter regularly for updated registration details

Website: The Big Summer Potluck site or follow the discussion on Twitter at: @TheBigPotluck or the #BSP2 hashtag list.

International Food Blogger Conference

International Food Blogging Conference Logo

Dates: August 24-26, 2012

Location: Portland, OR

Theme: IFBC in conjunction with Foodista offers this conference to help you develop your skills as a professional blogger. Hands-on sessions will allow you to work side-by-side with industry leaders in Food, Writing, and Technology. Capacity will be 250-300.

Speakers: One noted 2012 will be renowned NY Times Food photographer Andrew Scrivani. Other speakers to be announced.

Website: IFBC 2012

Plate to Page

Dates: May 18 – 20, 2012

Location: Somerset, England

Theme: This is the third Plate to Page conference that combines food writing, photography sessions with a small group size and multiple presenters to give a truly hands-on experience.

Website: Check the Plate to Page website for more registration details.

NourishedNourished, a food blogger conference logo

Nourished is a food blogging conference that’s tailored to the needs of those on special diets, writing about special diets, and niche bloggers. Sounds like my kind of place!

Dates:  April 13, 2012

Location: Chicago

Theme: The Nourished Food Blogging conference aims to provide the necessary tools and information food bloggers need to help make their dreams a reality. Each session is designed to give practical, usable tips.

Website: You can buy tickets for $135 for the one-day conference on the Nourished site.

Other Food Blogging Conferences

FoodBuzz Second Annual Blogger FestivalFood Buzz Annual Conference offers an Annual Blogger Festival for its preferred foodie publishers. More information can be found on the FoodBuzz Annual Festival page.

Food Blogger Connect offers an annual food conference with a lot of exciting trends and speakers for food bloggers. Last year’s event was in London so we’ll wait with baited breath to hear the location of this year’s conference! Learn more about Food Blogger Connect by visiting their website.
TechMunch offers ongoing conferences across the US to help food bloggers gain the specific digital media, marketing and business skills they need to make their blogs more personally and financially rewarding. Learn more about these conferences at the TechMunch site or you can also “like” the BakeSpace FaceBook page to learn more about these events.

Food Blogger Camp is an annual gathering that offers food blogging tips and networking in a vacation-like setting. Food Blogger Camp will not be held in 2012, but stay tuned for information for future events. You can read about past events and stay in the know about news as it becomes available at Food Blogger Camp. On Twitter you can follow the hashtag for foodblogcamp. For a recap on the 2011 event, check out these reviews: Steamy Kitchen and Family Fresh Cooking.

Vida Vegan Conference was a first-time all vegan conference in 2011 that packed a venerable Who’s Who of the vegan blog world including: Isa Chandra Moskowitz of Post Punk Kitchen, Gena Hamshaw of Choosing Raw, Mo of Mo Betta Vegan, and more! The website doesn’t include any details about 2012 yet, but we’re hoping the  Vida Vegan Conference site, their VVC Facebook page or their Twitter feed will tell more soon.

The Roger Smith Cookbook Conference will be held February 9 – 12, 2012, at the Roger Smith hotel in Manhattan. This conference is for anyone who publishes, writes or even uses a cookbook. Does that cover about everyone? Follow the link to learn more about the Roger Smith Cookbook Conference or follow the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #cookbookconf


And stay tuned for my Part II post on Attending 2012 Food Blogger Conferences: How To Get the Most From Attending a Food Blogger Conference. Coming to the Namely Marly blog soon!

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