Friday, September 19, 2014

Pre-Game Show for #10DaysofTailgate

Welcome to #10DaysofTailgate! Nearly two dozen bloggers with over one hundred recipes are ready to inspire you through an entire tailgating season. Think chicken wings, skewers, sweet nibbles, cocktails and more. The event runs September 20th through September 30th. Are you in? Get ready...get set...

Go! Let's start with a huge - HUGE! - thank you to our event sponsors who have contributed great prizes for a gigantic giveaway. The fourteen - yes, fourteen - different prize packages are detailed in the rafflecopter. The rafflecopter is below and will go live on September 20th. Please check back, if you're reading this before our kick-off.

Our #10DaysofTailgate Sponsors
in alphabetical order with links to their homepages

Our #10DaysofTailgate Bloggers
And...THE giveaway!
Terms & Conditions
Mandatory Entry: Leave a comment with What's your favorite tailgate dish? Many more ways to enter in the Rafflecopter widget [below].

This giveaway is open to residents of the United States only, age 18 and older. The #10DaysofTailgate 2014 giveaway runs from Saturday, September 20, 2014 12:00am PT through Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 6:00pm PT. Winners will be randomly chosen and announced on October 1, 2014. Winners will also be contacted by email and will have 48 hours to respond to the email. If a winner does not respond in that time a new winner will be chosen. For more information, see the full terms and conditions in the Rafflecopter widget.

Disclaimer: Our generous sponsors are providing the prizes free of charge.  Participating bloggers may have received product related to these brands to use for #10DaysofTailgate. All opinions stated are their own.

Scroll through our fourteen prize packages!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

IFBC Seattle 2014 - Anticipation

The International Food Bloggers Conference (IFBC) opens this week in Seattle, an opportunity to spend 2 1/2 days with over 400 food bloggers. The agenda boasts a multi-strand focus on Food, Writing, and Technology... plus some food and wine tasting and a ton of personal networking opportunities. I can't wait to connect in person with some of the bloggers I only know online.

The Facebook page for IFBC Attendees & Alumni has been incredibly active; alternately entertaining, occasionally cheeky, full of useful "how to make the most of IFBC" tips, and well... interesting. My favorite FB tips so far include: 
     wear stretchy pants so you can sample everything, 
     spit don't swallow when wine tasting,
     bring extra batteries or a charging cord for electronic devices,
     go old school and carry a notebook and pen,
     carry an ample supply of business cards to swap,
     prepare a brief "elevator pitch" to describe your blog
     and be uber sociable, but plan ahead for contacts you care about.

Many attendees are organizing all sorts of pre-conference excursions and tours, runs, food crawls, pub crawls, breakfast meet-ups and casual networking occasions. The warm weather and sunshine this week should encourage our out-of-town visitors to get out and about, enjoying the best of Seattle. Fortunately the slate of featured conference speakers and array of educational sessions sound terrific; interesting enough to keep me focused on happenings inside the Westin. 

Between today and Saturday I need to identify my goals for attending this event. Why am I participating?  Should I focus on food and recipe development, writing topics, or blogging and technology issues? What do I hope to take away from the experience? It's a challenge to be specific.
Here's a peek at my tentative agenda for Day 1, a very relaxed start to what is sure to be a terrific, active weekend.    

Friday, September 19
Arrive late-morning and spend some time exploring Seattle's downtown. First stop, visit Penzey's Spices retail store (new to me since I usually order their product online) and then head off to Market Spice, a long-established local favorite. It's a comfortable downhill stroll to Pike Place Market to tour the food stalls, snack and nibble my way through some of the dining spots and shoot a lot of place and people photos.

4:30 - 6:30 PM A Taste of Washington Cookbook Launch and reception. I might need a restorative glass of wine or two after the hike back uphill from the Market to the Westin.

6:30 - 9:00 PM Grand Opening Reception Hosted by Raincoast Crisps, Bristol Bay Sustainable Salmon and Accolade Wines
Register for the conference, visit the Gift Suite, enjoy light bites, wine and meet more bloggers. 

Return home, solidify my game plan for Day 2 and get some rest 'cuz it's going to be a busy day. See for yourself; check out the entire agenda here.

Disclaimer: I am attending the conference on a reduced blogger rate that requires three posts about the conference. Post image provided by IFBC.
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