Foodbuzz Festival Redux

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A week later, I’m still not sure if I’ve recovered from Foodbuzz Festival.

OK, I’ve recovered from the food coma and copious drinking, but I still feel really behind in life. And I’m fine with that. The past weekend was spent relaxing, laughing, eating, snarking, drinking, riding in crazy cars, walking more than I should have in heels, and overall having a remarkable time.

Because I attended Foodbuzz Festival last year, I knew what to expect – and I didn’t. Last year I went into it blindly, having only been writing about food for a few months and not knowing anyone. I stumbled across some cool people and we had fun the whole weekend together. This year I know a lot more people, thanks to the benefits of time and Twitter. But beforehand I was still unsure. Some of my Twitter friends and I made plans to have coffee before the official start of the weekend, the Street Food Fare. For some reason I thought we would have coffee and then go our separate ways for the rest of the weekend.

I hung out with these people all weekend and I can’t even tell you how much fun I had. Partly because this is a family blog. Ahem.

The Internet is a strange and wonderful thing. You never know what you’ll get when you meet people offline for the first time. For me (and I hope I don’t wax too poetic here and freak them out) my weekend buddies were like friends I’ve had my entire life. Special shout-out to The Cilantropist Amanda, who was my roommate and put up with our crazy next-door neighbors and the thumping dance club below us.

Strangely enough I don’t have tons of photos, but I thought I would share a few that I liked. If I didn’t meet you at Foodbuzz Festival, oops! And if you weren’t there, I hope to see you next year!

Hey, did you make it this far? Yay for you, because I’m giving away some of my Foodbuzz Festival swag!

All you have to do is leave a comment on this post to be entered. I’ll choose a winner on Wednesday, so you best get your comments in before that. Extra love for people who tell me something funny in the comments, but it won’t help your chances of winning.


  1. I love the photo that has both people in the background taking photos of the food on the table. Someone should get a panoramic shot of the whole room where everyone around the table is doing this.

    I wonder what waiters think now that the number of food bloggers is growing. Do they still think it’s weird that people are taking photos of their food before eating, or is it now old hat?

    Glad you had a great time!

  2. Wow. The food looks way better than where we met. ;o) From where I sat, reading along on twitter, the FBfest seemed geared more for the sociability of it all rather than the classes and speakers. I’m glad you went. Don’t know if I’d go ever, but hey you never know.

  3. (I don’t wish to be entered in the swag drawing, I’m just commenting on the fact that giving away festival swag is a really good idea. I felt very embarrassed by all of the swag at BlogHer Food!)

  4. I don’t have anything funny to say, but I think your photos are really spectacular 🙂 Thanks for sharing a bit of your experience…I hope to be able to get to the festival next year!

  5. This looks so wonderful. Sounds like you had the greatest time and hey, if that isnt worth being “a little behind in life” I dont know what is. By the way: I made your Chocolate Chai Cheesecake yesterday and took it to a party, now everyone thinks I am a genius. Thank you for that. 🙂

  6. I wish I’d been able to go to the Foodbuzz Festival this year…I’ll try for next year, though. Looks like everyone had a really good time, and all the food looks wonderful!

  7. Based on your post – and the tweets – it sounds like it was a fabulous trip. Your photos are great! The best thing about these conferences is meeting people in real life. Glad you got to do it!

  8. It all looks so fabulous! Your photos make me SO hungry, and they inspire me to be more daring in my own kitchen! I definitely need more practice tho…
    I get weird looks here in Lincoln, NE taking photos anywhere it seems. “Why are you taking a photo of the sculpture in the park?” Taking photos of food is even stranger! My phone takes pretty decent photos, so easier to get them and not get strange looks for pulling a camera out of my purse!

  9. This is not going to be funny at all. Sorry. I am soooo sad I didn’t get to go this year! I have been checking out everyone’s pics and it reminds me of last year. I didn’t think it would bother me as much as it does. Hopefully my life will get back to normal by next year so I can go back. 🙂
    On a better note, I’m glad you were able to go and have so much fun again. (w/o me. Rose and Leah!!)

  10. It’s likely too late, but I’ll throw my name in the hat anyway. Since I had to miss FB Fest (it was my baby’s first birthday weekend, and I might have been crowned the worst mother ever if I’d missed it), I might as well try for some swag as a consolation prize.

    Hope to see you there next year!

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