According to a statistic I read in some random place, Austin’s food blogger population is second only to New York City. It still boggles my mind a bit, but if you live here it’s not that much of a surprise. After all, we have tech companies Dell, Samsung, Apple, IBM, 3M, and more. Whole Foods began here, we have multiple farmers’ markets year-round, more than 200 food trucks opened in the last 3 months alone, and we spend more money on food per capita than any other city in the United States.
In short, Austin is the perfect place for food bloggers, and now we’re the perfect place for a food blogging conference. TECHmunch is returning to Austin in March, taking advantage of the SXSW traffic to bring some really killer panelists to our community.
Addie Broyles, Anna Gonzalez, and Erik Deutsch at last year’s event
Last year TECHmunch, created by Bakespace founder Babette Pepaj, was a single jam-packed day of panels, networking, and delicious food. This year it has expanded to two full days of panels, a pre-party mixer, and a cupcake social.
I’m a sponsor for this year’s event, but even if I wasn’t I’d be pimping out this conference. You can read my coverage of last year’s conference here, here, and here, but even those posts fail to fully explain all that I was able to absorb during the day. Suffice it to say, if you’re looking to learn a LOT about improving your blog, SEO, photography, and more, TECHmunch is a must.
Here’s just a tiny taste of the fantastic panelists who will be presenting this year:
Ben Huh of icanhazcheezburger.com
Jeff Houck, food editor for the Tampa Tribune, and hilarious livetweeter of TopChef @jeffhouck
Penny De Los Santos, photographer extraordinaire
Nadia G of Bitchin’ Kitchen
Amy Cao of Foodspotting
Marc Matsumoto of the beautiful blog No Recipes