If you’re thinking about a food blogging conference in 2014, this list is an overview of your choices. As you can see there are a lot! As much as I’d like this list to be the end all and be all of all Food Blogging Conferences, there are so many that show up in local areas, there’s no way to be all inclusive. What I can guarantee is that this is a comprehensive list of the most popular and well-known Food Blogging Conferences in the United States (and a few international ones as well). My goal is to help you find the best conference to fit your needs!
I’ve published Food Blog Conference Guides in the past, and now it’s back by popular demand for 2014. You’ll notice a few new conferences have been added in addition to some new features. For example, this year I’ve included conference testimonials for some of the confereces.
I’m also offering something else new and unique this year, my eBook: Food Blog Traveler: Getting the Most From a Food Blogging Conference.
Ever wonder why you would you want to attend a food blogging conference? It’s more than just a good excuse for updating your wardrobe, a food blog conference can help you improve your food photography skills. Or maybe you’d like to learn a little more about food styling. Thinking about ways to improve your writing and/or story telling techniques? Maybe you’d like to learn what trends are showing about the use of videos and social media techniques to get the word out about your blog. Or maybe you’re interested in the cutting edge nutritional advice. The one thing I know for sure is that all of these topics (and more) will be covered at one or more of the 2014 Food Blogging Conferences.
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So now, without further ado…
2014 Food Blogging Conferences – The List
(Note: This list is published with as much information as is currently available. It will be updated as soon as I learn more about the rest of these conferences).
Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it — Julia Child
Food Blog South
Dates: Saturday, January 24-25, 2014 the agenda includes two pre-conference Intensive Seminars on Food Writing and Food Photography. The conference boasts a Pre-Party on Friday evening.
Location: Aloft Birmingham Soho Square hotel offers free parking and free wi-fi in lovely Birmingham, AL. Head south for the winter!
Theme: This conference will feature 3 tracks, Creativity, Technology & Business, and Food so each participant can mix and match to create a highly personalized and beneficial conference
Registration: Standard one-day registration is $175 (with additional fees applying to the pre-conference intensive sessions), but time is limited so secure your spot quickly!
Website: Learn more about Food Blog South on their website where you can see the full list of speakers and register for the conference online.
Food Blog Forum
Location: At the Biltmore Estates in Asheville, North Carolina
Theme: This will be the eighth 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.
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 2014 FBF conference at FoodBlogForum.
Dates: May 16 – 18, 2014
Location: Angelus Oaks (near Big Bear) in the beautiful San Bernardino Mountains of sunny Southern California
Theme: This is the sixth 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.
Registration: The $325 registration fee includes 2 nights’ lodging, all meals, workshops, materials, goodie bags 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
Eat, Write, Retreat
Dates: June 6 – 8, 2014
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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!
Registration: There are different options for registration with this conference. Please check out registration pricing on their website.
Website: Learn more about this conference at Eat Write Retreat!
Dates: May 16 – 17, 2014
Location: Miami, FL
Theme: This is the sixth 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 has sold out each year sells out quickly so don’t spend too much time thinking this one over. Early bird registrants pay $306.44 which includes the Expo hall, conference programming, meals, and access to BlogHer Food parties.
Website: Early bird pricing ends on January 31. Register for BlogHer Food 2014.
The Big Potluck
You may recognize the Big Potluck as the Big Summer Potluck. This food blogging conference was originally organized around that very theme – food bloggers gathered together to share lessons learned in a potluck, big circle type discussion. It was so successful that now it’s grown! Now you can attend either the Big Summer Potluck or the Big Traveling Potluck. Either way, expect something special. You can learn more about both conferences at The Big Potluck site where you can also sign up to receive notices when the conference goes live. Be prepared to click fast because this conference always sells out quickly!
Big Summer Potluck
Theme: The Big Summer Potluck started in 2010 as the brainchild of the ladies from Three Many Cooks and the Ivory Hut. Although it started as a way to help East Coast food bloggers connect, it quickly expanded to a national draw of attendees. The Big Summer Potluck is about food, inspiration, and big-time community. The remote setting and small group size leads to an intimate gathering, a a perfect way to get to know other committed food bloggers and to learn up-close from nationally-recognized speakers.
Registration: This conference registration usually opens up in February and is expected to fill quickly (spots are usually limited to 75) and previous years have filled within 3 hours. You’re encouraged to check the site and Twitter feed regularly for updated registration details
International Food Blogger Conference
Dates: September 19 – 21, 2014
Location: Seattle, WA
Theme: IFBC in conjunction with Foodista and Zephyr Adventures offers high-quality educational sessions and networking opportunitiesto 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.
Registration: This conference registration is $395, but active food bloggers pay only $95.
Food Bloggers of Canada Conference
Back by popular demand, Canada’s first (and only) national food blogging conference is happening again! The good news is the conference is open to Canada food bloggers and food bloggers from around the world. You can head to Canada each year and celebrate the tasty food scenes across the diverse country, because they’re picking a different city each year and this year happens to be one of my all-time favorite cities in the world, Vancouver!
Dates: October 17 – 19, 2014
This conference began as a gathering of enthusiastic foodies and has grown into a blog conference where bloggers learns constructive ways to grow their blog. Anyone that blogs will find something new to learn at this exciting one-day event in the desert!
Dates: October 3-5, 2014
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Theme: A blogging conference in the desert. Need we say more?
MixedCon is a food blogging conference that’s offered in a mountain resort each November. It’s the ultimate “nonconference”, offered in a private, mountain resort setting, and keeping registration purposefully small, around 100 participants. It’s a real mountain-top experience!
Location: Roanoke, VA
Theme: The MixedCon conference is a unique destination conference that also provides the necessary tools and information food bloggers need to help make their dreams a reality. Each session is designed to give practical, usable tips in a rustic, mountain resort setting.
TECHmunch is a food blogger/media and marketing conference created to help food bloggers in cities across the U.S. learn the skills they need to succeed and take their blogs to the next level. TechMunch conferences are offered in a variety of cities across the United States. For details on registration go to TechMunch. In 2014 they will be offering eight events across the US.
Website: You pay only $199 for the conference pass, including a “Taste of Disneyland lunch.” Or you can combine the event with a little fun and pay $599 for a 2-night stay in the Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and receive a 3-day Park Hopper Pass (this package usually retails for $1,700).
Food Blogger Connect
Food Blogger Connect is an international food blogging conference. Founded in 2009, FBC’s mission is to help to create a community that inspires and nurtures creativity, innovation and professionalism.
Dates: June 6-8, 2014
Location: London, UK
Theme: Meet with other food bloggers from around the world and industry representatives to take your food blogging skills to the next level.
Chopped Conference is a Food Blogging Conference the heart of the midwest, Kansas City. Chopped Conference is a one-day, power-packed conference that food bloggers won’t want to miss. Participants will experience great food, conversation, and, of course, lots of spot-on learning in a beautiful chic, urban location! Chopped Conference will feature an impressive lineup of local and national speakers talking about: blogging, food photography/styling, food writing, incorporating nutrition into your blog, how to work with a virtual assistant, making the most of social media…and more. The speaker line-up for 2014 includes: Bjork & Lindsay Ostrom from Pinch of Yum, Milisa Armstrong from Miss in the Kitchen, Carolyn O’Neil, an award winning food and travel writer/nutritionist, and more.
Date: October 24, 2014
Location: Kansas City, MO
Theme: Good food, good friends, good fun with a lot of learning thrown in the mix as well!
Other Food Blogging Conferences/Workshops
Some Food Blogging Conferences are not offered annually or I wasn’t able to find as much information about them to include in the list above.
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 2014 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 is usually held each February at the Roger Smith hotel in Manhattan. Look for the #cookbookconf to learn more. 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.
The Tuscan Muse is a Food Writing and Food Photography workshop in Tuscany (that’s right, as in Italy!!) in May, 2014. Our workshop, Plated Stories, is being instructed by Jame and Ilva (of the previous conference Plate to Page). Looking for a little inspiration? Learn how you can attend Tuscan Muse in 2014!
A Nod to Those Food Blogging Conferences that Are No More
For whatever reason, not all food blogging conferences are meant to be forever. In case you’re wondering where your once-favorite food blogging conference has gone, here’s a list of them that have decided to close shop either temporarily or forever. Thanks for the memories!
- Plate to Page – This was a series of seminars in Europe that has sadly placed itself on an indefinite hiatus.
- Foodbuzz Festival – This conference used to offer networking and learning opportunities for its preferred foodie publishers.
- Food Blogger Camp was an annual gathering that offered food blogging tips and networking in a vacation-like setting. Food Blogger Camp hasn’t been held recently so we can only assume that it is on a break, 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.
A Final Thought
That was a lot of information…and a lot of links! But I wanted to make sure I provided as much information to make your decision a little easier regarding your 2014 plans for attending a food blogging conference. Do you have one in mind already? What are your favorite travel tips? Which ones have you attended in the past? If you’ve attending one in the past, what was one of your favorite take-home experiences? Attending a food blogging conference is a great opportunity to share and learn from each other!