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Market Feast – Eat Drink Blog 3 Part 3

This is the final part of my Eat Drink Blog 3 posts :) I’m feeling a little sad…reminiscing all the good times I’ve had with my fellow food bloggers, it’s just a shame that we wont get the chance to meet up as often as we would like to. But at least we are able to look back on these photos and look forward to the next time we meet!

The first day (Part 1 and 2) of our conference was just full of eating, drinking and talking :P but the next day was when the real conference began. It was going to be a pretty full on day because most bloggers had to rush off and catch the 7pm flight back home.

Red Door Bakery pastries and bread

EDB was very kind and had organised breakfast for delegates as it was a pretty early 8:30am start, we were provided with an array of pastries and breads from Red Door Bakery. I was super excited about trying the pastries as I had put Red Door Bakery on my ‘to-go’ list but knew I wouldn’t have the time to go, so it was a win win situation YAY! I had the orange marmalade danish and it was everything a good Danish should be, the pastry was puffy and flakey and with the orange marmalade it was just NOMMY!

dianne

Dianne Jacob acclaimed writer

Source: Diannej.com

It was then followed by Dianne’s workshop, where she went through her thoughts and opinions about food bloggers. I was very excited about meeting Dianne, as I have been meaning to purchase her book ‘Will Write For Food’. Now I’m definitely going to buy it ~ she gave us an overview of her experience with food bloggers, and she said she has seen a massive influx in the number of food bloggers in the past 5 years. A couple of years ago there were probably 40,000 food blogs, but this figure is no longer accurate. Dianne also mentioned that competition amongst food bloggers have also increased, therefore, its important to have good quality content on your blog~ I’m worried…I talk too much randomness to my blog posts hahaha

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Jules Clancy from The Stone Soup

Source: The Stone Soup 

I then chose to attend the Blog Design workshop by Jules Clancy (The Stone Soup), it was a wonderful workshop as I have been interested in redoing my blog design, but haven’t had the time or expertise. These are the key points I got from Jules’ talk :)

Key Points
– Need to decide on an objective for the blog, what do you want people to focus on when they visit your blog
– Make it easy for Readers to find recipes and reviews
– Must easier to read posts with a white background and black writing
– Use narrower columns to help Readers quickly skim through the post
– Research has shown that the first time we look at a website is the top left corner

After attending this workshop… I really think I need a new blog designnnnnnnnnn can anyone please help me? :P Pretty please! It’s so complicated hahaha

Chef Nick preparing the seafood paella~

Time seriously just flew by and it was then time for lunch ~ no one knew what we were going to have for lunch, so we were all surprised when we walked downstairs back into the Central Market. The market is closed on Sundays but a number of stalls had opened up just for us to create a Market Feast!

Seafood Paella

Everything smelt and looked fantastic but the ginormous seafood paella was the show stopper :) I’ve never seen such a large paella pan in my life! I got a small serve and it was so delicious! The seafood gave it a sweet kind of flavour, while the chorizo was smokey and full of flavour.

San Jose products

More San Jose ham, chorizo and salami! You might remember San Jose from part 1, where we got to met San Jose and his partner turing the Central Market tour.

San Jose Ham

We also got to sample Vegas poultries pandan chicken :) I love the subtle pandan flavour the chicken pieces had and would really like to take some home with me if I could, because it’ll be the best after work dinner dish ~

Vegas Pandan Chicken

We also got to sample some of O’Connells Meats, I don’t think we got to meet them during our Central Market tour, but they were offering the most exquisite ham I have had :) It was warm, smokey and seriously AMAZING flavours! This is seriously the best ham to serve at any Christmas party.

Never ending chocolate fountain ~

Dessert was covered by Providore, another chocolate fountain? YES PLEASE! I can seriously contemplating getting one of those plastic mini chocolate fountains and put one at home so I’ll also have a never ending supply of chocolate :P

My lunch :P

I practically just sampled, the savoury dishes, instead this was my lunch lol pancake with strawberries drenched in chocolate sauce and topped with chocolate gelato :) Life couldn’t get any better!

I really wished we had more time to eat even more food, but we were only a very tight schedule. So we were rushed back into the Central Market Kitchen for the next lot presentations~ Next up was Geoff Kwito, the web entrepreneur and SEO guru. I really wished I had the chance to talk to him more, to pick his brain about SEO. He explained SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) very well and also gave us many hints and tips on how to optimise it to increase our hits.

Key Points
- SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) is important and inevitable
– Keywords are important, include them in the title and in the post
– Google will not rank your blog very high if it does not have good content
– Share the love, link back to each other :) The more links you have, Google will believe you are a quality blog
– Google does not recognise images, therefore, it is important to name them something relevant

These are a only a few things I learnt from Geoff’s presentation, for more Julie from I Dream In Chocolate recently did a post about SEO check it out ~

Afternoon tea – from The Cupcake Table

As we were all paying attention to the presentation, I saw on the corner of my eye, Natasha (The Playing House) who is also part of the EDB committee set up a table in the corner with our afternoon tea. It was like a little girls birthday party and definitely made me grin from ear to ear ~

So much to choose from!

I had a lot of trouble deciding what I wanted! I simply wanted to try everything there ~ I did manage to try the cakepops are they were so delicious! Fudgey and soft cake centres covered in chocolate then the crunch from the 100s and 1000s hehe yum yum yum!

Caramel Popcorn Cupcake

I couldn’t go past the caramel popcorn cupcake and then were AWESOME! Let me repeat that AWESOME! It was this soft, sticky and sweet caramel cupcake with a caramel filling, topped with caramel popcorn that was so crunchy and YUM! The cupcake was SOOOOOOO good, I couldn’t help but ask Natasha for the recipe, and she has been so kind to share with me :) I’m going to try making them ASAP and once I succeed, I will post about it :D

Christie from Fig and Cherry

Source: Fig and Cherry

The last presentation I wanted to share with you would be Q&A about Ethics and Working with PRs, with George Ujvary (The Foodologist)Ed Charles (Tomato) and Christie Connolly (Fig and Cherry). I was most excited about meeting Christie in person as I follow her blog and love the simple yet tasty recipes she shares, I also like stalking her blog because Poppy her daughter is SUPER adorable :)  I thought this topic was very interesting and important topic for food bloggers, especially since more and more food companies and restaurants are now using food bloggers to help promote and sell their products.

Key Points:
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Always be honest with your Readers and also be transparent and disclose when products/meals are paid for
– Decide what products you will accept and review that fits with your blog
– Decide whether you will charge and how much
– Public Relation companies do not usually have a budget, marketing firms usually have a budget and are able to sponsor bloggers

I think these tips were great and very useful, as I think it’s very important as a food blogger to be honest and disclose when products or meals have been paid for. I think Readers have the right to know and shouldn’t be misled to think that the meals were paid for individually when it wasn’t ~

Now that concludes my EDB 3 food bloggers conference :) I am going to cherish this experience for the rest of my life ~ I had the chance to meet all these fantastic bloggers and people in the food and beverage industry, be able to taste all the fresh produce and delicious dishes and most importantly learn how to be a better food blogger :D And that is to be honest with Readers and write good quality and intersting content!

Would also like to say a HUGE thank you to Christina (The Hungry Australia) and Amanda (Lamb, Ears and Honey) co-chairs of the EDB event and everyone else on the committee Natasha (The Playing House), Celeste (Travelling in Mary Jane), Erin (She Cooks She Gardens), Alex (Eating Adelaide) and Kristy (The Natural Foodie).

I’m really hoping to go to EDB again next year with all my fellow Melbourne bloggers and also catch up with all the wonderful and talented bloggers I met this year :)

For a recap of EDB 3, Simon (Simon Food Favourites) has done a brilliant video ~ I love re-watching it hehe :)

Adelaide Hilton – Eat Drink Blog 3 Part 2

Wow :) I didn’t know everyone would be so interested in the Eat Drink Blog 3 conference YAY! ~ I sure had heaps of fun hehe!  As promised this is part 2. After the amazing Central Market tour, the food bloggers were split for the winery tours, one group was to go to Barossa Valley and the other was to go to Mclaren Vale the two popular winery areas in South Australia.

Hanhdorf, Adelaide

Because partners weren’t invited and I felt bad leaving Mr Bao all by himself for two days lol I decided to forgo the winery tour and instead we made our own little trip to Hanhdorf. Which is also known as the German town of Adelaide ~ and is about 25km from the CBD ~ We had already visited last time, so we knew what we wanted to do and EAT :P

German Feast at Hahndorf

We settled for a German pub and ordered a whole platter with pork hock, pork chop and lots of sausages! I’m going to do a post just dedicated to Hanhdorf ~ Please give me sometime as I write these posts :)

Mr Bao and I had so much fun in Hahndorf that we lost track of time! We had to rush back to the hotel, as I needed to get change for the Eat Drink Blog dinner at the Adelaide Hilton. When I arrived I was overtaken by the beautiful tables set up and the amount and variety of food available to us!

Food bloggers mingling

We started off by mingling with each other and had a few drinks and snacks before the real feast began! I’m SO glad I brought a dress with me hahaha I was gonna rock up in jeans and a T-shirt, while everyone else was so pretty in a dress :)

Roast Lamb on Spit

I don’t think I’ve seen a whole lamb being roasted in front of me before :) and even though I don’t eat lamb, I couldn’t help but inhale the lovely smell it ~ the roast lamb was then made into little sliders, which I didn’t have but looks awfully succulent!

Lamb Sliders

Thanks Ashely and Simon for being fantastic hand models :P

Dinner Menu

Dennis Leslie the Executive Chef of The Brasserie at Adelaide, was the creator of this truly magnificent menu! It had a strong Mexican influence which is definitely very popular now, turns out that Dennis was inspired by his recent trips to New York and these were some of the dishes he had over there. I immediately felt so so so lucky to have been accepted as one of the food bloggers to attend EDB.

Empanadas and Juka with lime and Garlic mayonnaise

We were soon ushered to take a seat and let the feast begin! Starting with the empanadas and juka with lime and garlic mayonnaise, I didn’t try the empanadas but the juka with that addictive lime and garlic mayannoise was just so delicious! I’ve actually never heard of juka though…and still not sure if that was the potato but doesn’t matter it was YUM!

Grilled corn with roasted garlic aioli and Parmesan cheese

There were so many dishes, I wasn’t able to take a photo or try all of them but I did manage to try most dishes I took photos of ~ and one of them was this grilled corn with lime and roasted garlic aoili.

The grilled corn was sweet and juicy then paired with the roasted garlic aoili, topped with Parmesan cheese! I haven’t had the famous grilled corn from Mamasita in Melbourne, but I think it’s safe to say this is DEFINITELY comparable :P Dennis is so generous and kind that he even posted up the recipe for the grilled corn on his website, now I can’t wait to try making this at home :)

Grilled Piri Piri Chicken

Next up was the Piri Piri chicken, it was well marinated with strong piri piri flavours and I had the breast part which was so tender! Definitely not the average Nando’s grilled chicken ~

Smokey Beef Ribs with Chipotle Sauce

This was the WINNING dish for me :) Yes it even trumps the desserts (well okay not really) but it was so close! LOL it was the softest, most delicate piece of meat I have had! It was the definition of ‘fall of the bone’ texture! It was so delicious I couldn’t help but eat one, two maybe three pieces :P Would LOVE to get the recipe…but I know that lol I’d never have the skill or patience to make it hehe ~

Quesadillas with bean filling

I was so full from all the food, that I couldn’t consume any of these Quesadillas, I would have loved to as Ash said that it was fresh and crispy ~ Really wished I had a larger stomach so I could try even more of these dishes!

Dessert trolley

There was a quick break between the main dishes and dessert :) Which was the part that I was most excited about and boy was I excited ! It turned out to be a HUGE chocolate fountain with nothing less than the famous Haigh’s chocolate with churros, Beerenberg strawberries, Tres Leche Cake and Alfajores with dulce de leche.

Plate of Happiness

I couldn’t think of a better way to describe it lol ‘Plate of Happiness’ the chocolate was divine! It’s actually Win Win’s favourite Haighs chocolate, with the churros that was already covered in cinnamon chocolate YUM YUM YUM! I didn’t take a photo of the alfajores with dulce de leche but it was SO GOOD! I only had one but really wanted another one if I could!

Tres Leche Cake

This is probably the first time I have had Trees Leche Cake which is a 3 milk cake :) And surprisingly I wasn’t really fond of it, I’m not really sure why… it tasted like a cross between condensed milk and milk powder? Bryan on the other hand really liked it and even had another piece after the first one!

Now that concludes Part 2 of EDB ~ all the food was so fantastic I didn’t want to leave…I just wanted to eat and eat and eat! Would like to say a huge Thank You to the EDB committee and Adelaide Hilton for organising such an unforgettable dinner!

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