I’m back to finally (yes a bit late sorry for the delay…😟 ) share with you guys my experience with this year 2018 Food Bloggers of Canada conference. It’s been a busy Fall season already and it’s already November! I can’t believe it is almost the end of the year meaning Holiday Season is coming right up!! Things are happening so fast that I been trying to enjoy this warm to now chilly and cold Fall season with going apple picking at the farm with my family and eating the warm delicious apple desserts and apple ciders while I still can. As I love Fall especially the beautiful colourful leaves. What do you enjoy about Fall the most??
About Food Bloggers of Canada Road Trip Edition 2018
During the Fall season is when usually the Food Bloggers of Canada conference take place and this is my 4th time attending this amazing and inspiring conference. This year Food Bloggers of Canada decided to change things up for their conference this year and did a Road Trip edition called: The FBC2018 Great Canadian Road Trip where they travelled across 10 cities in Canada to share the FBC experience with many bloggers in Canada through a mixture of one day mini conferences, half-day workshops events and long table dinners and one intimate overnight retreat in Alberta.
FBC co-founders – Melissa Hartfiel and Ethan Adeland will be travelling across Canada with the amazing and talented – Dennis Prescott who is a successful photographer and Instagram account where he showcases the bright, bold food photography that has earned him a global following. “A former musician, he still travels the world to cook with others and to find the stories of how food brings us all together.“
They started in the West Coast in Vancouver and traveling East of Canada to these following cities stops:
- September 5, 2018 – Vancouver, B.C.
- September 8-9, 2018 – Canmore, AB
- September 12, 2018 – Saskatoon, SK
- September 15, 2018 – Winnipeg, MB
- September 20, 2018 – Trent Hills, ON
- September 21, 2018 – Montreal, QC
- September 22, 2018 – Quebec City, QC
- September 23, 2018 – Moncton, NB
- September 25, 2018 – Halifax, NS
- September 28, 2018 – Toronto, ON
My Experience at the FBC Toronto Conference 2018
I attended the Toronto stop for the Food Bloggers of Canada mini conference on Friday, September 28, 2018 at the Penguin Random House Canada Headquarters. It was an amazing and inspiring mini conference as a food blogger. I loved the venue for the conference as the Penguin Random House Canada Headquarters as it was a modern and cozy office space and I really enjoyed being able to check out lots of cookbooks and a great space for the conference as they had a great meeting space. They also had a small bookshop downstairs, which I went to check out during the lunch break and it was a cozy shop to explore cookbooks & more. Thou this year since it was just one day that I felt it was a packed day with lots of information to take in and lots to absorb for sure that I wish it was spread out a bit more. I left still feeling inspired but wanting more out of the conference than previous conference years. It was good to see old and new people and friends so it was great to network again. Thou it was missing a few elements that previous conference years had.
Speakers For FBC Toronto Conference 2018
For the Toronto mini conference, the list of speakers for that day included Joy McCarthy, Suresh Doss, Charlene Theodore, Afrim Pristine and of course Dennis Prescott who has been travelling with them across Canada. For more information on each speaker, check out Food Bloggers of Canada Speaker page, click here.
I enjoyed all the speakers that day, but there were 3 speakers that peaked my interest the most and really enjoyed listening to them are: Joy McCarthy, Suresh Doss and Dennis Prescott. If you don’t know who Joy McCarthy is she is Holistic Nutritionist and founder of JoyousHealth.com, an award-winning blog focused on healthy living. I been following Joy on her social media and I also bought her cookbook – Joyous Detox, I love her recipes ideas for dairy free foods and her positive energy with her passion for food. I was excited to see Joy speak live for the first time and she discussed about social media and blogging. With social media as a popular trend these days especially for blogging, it was great to see a more in depth prospect on social media and strategies for a food blogger like me. Social media changes quite often now so it is great to learn and gain new knowledge for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pintrest for bloggers. I love Joy’s energy and positive vibes when she was speaking!!
Another speaker I found engaging was Suresh Doss, who is a food, drink and travel writer from Toronto and is the editor for FoodismTO and Food Guide for CBC Toronto. I enjoyed listening to Suresh food stories as a food writer and traveler and how he connects food with people, which I found very interesting through his prospect.
Lastly, the funny and incredibly talented, Dennis Prescott who I already mentioned previously who he is. I love his food photos on his Instagram account, he is an incredible food photographer and was thrilled to have Dennis speak in Toronto too. I was only disappointed that Toronto didn’t have a mini photography workshop with Dennis as I missed last year workshop in Ottawa. I enjoyed listening to Dennis food stories including his travel to foreign countries to cook for others and great tips for photography as well, which is great as a food blogger I always love to hear different prospective and use the new information or tips to improve as a food blogger.
“The Food” at the FBC Toronto Conference 2018
One of my fave parts of the conference is of course the delicious foods to eat and enjoy!! One of FBC sponsors this year was Ontario Apple Growers. They provided us with delicious and fresh apples for us to enjoy at the conference. I love apples as some of you already know!! I definitely took some apples home to enjoy…😊
Lunch was provided by “Mary Be Kitchen” who I was excited to finally try her food as she is known for “whole food for the soul” and love that she makes her food with vegan, dairy free and gluten free options. If you haven’t heard of Mary Be Kitchen, she provides fresh and scratch-made recipes and all chicken, beef and bacon is hormone and antibiotic-free from Beretta farms to make delicious and healthy foods. Mary Be Kitchen is located at Yonge & St.Clair right at the intersection making it a great convenient location providing lunches, brunches and dinners to people with combo options along with vegan desserts and coffee, tea and more!! I’m looking forward to stopping by her actual restaurant soon!
Mary Be Kitchen provided us a spread like a buffet of delicious and healthy lunch where we got to fill our takeout boxes. She had so many choices and loved that!! It is hard to choose what I enjoyed the most from Mary Be Kitchen lunch, but I ended up getting rice, grilled organic tofu, grilled chicken breast and I absolutely loved the cold noodles salad that consisted of rice noodles, thinly noodles of zucchini and red cabbage with ginger-sesame dressing. I also loved how flavourful her food is esp. the grilled organic tofu I loved that!!! It was a delightful, fresh and healthy lunch!!
FBC 2018 Goodie Bag
Lastly, every FBC conference we always get a goodie bag and was excited to get mines this year. This year goodie bag was a lot smaller than previous years as we usually get a huge goodie bag to bring home, but I believe due to the Road Trip conference type that they were doing this year is probably the change of size for the goodie bag. But I’m always happy to enjoy complimentary items like a goodie bag to enjoy despite the size, it is what items and quality of the items that really counts. This year the goodie bag consisted of: a cute travel tag and a bag of Apple chips from Ontario Apple Growers, Recipe book from Afrim Pristine of “For the Love Of Cheese”, a French recipe booklet and I love the tote bag itself by Penguin Random House Canada.
When Is the Next FBC Conference in 2019?
This year FBC didn’t announce their plans for next year – FBC2019 conference because they been on the road for a few weeks that they wanted to enjoy the Road Trip experience. I’m excited to wait and see what next year’s plan is for FBC2019!! I hope I can attend next year as well depending on my travel plans as 2019 more travelling than normal. If you want to be informed for the next FBC conference, go check out their website and stay connected with them of course through social media (please check information below). Of course, if you’re following me on Twitter, I will let you guys know about it through there as well.
What’s Next and Update…
As 2018 is quickly approaching to an end, I can’t believe how fast this year has gone by!! There have been a lot going with my transition to back to working as a Part Time Admin in the Real Estate industry again this Fall. I been trying to find the right balance with working as an Admin and my blog work along with maintaining my health. I appreciate everyone being patient with me as I am still passionate about my blog and my love for dairy free desserts & food!! I am looking forward to sharing more simple recipes and new dairy free bakeries, cafes & travel experiences with you all in 2019!! I’m hoping I can bring new ideas to my blog next year for 2019!!
My last post for 2018 is my Holiday Blog Post and I love the Holidays of course esp. baked yummy warmed goods to share with my family and friends!!! I been a bit busy though doing travel planning for 2019 as next year 2 big trips as I will be attending my cousin wedding in Vancouver so that trip was not planned. For more details check it out on my Instagram and Twitter account. Due to the travel planning, I’m a bit behind schedule on my Holiday Blog Post but don’t worry look out for it mid-December.
Stay Connected With Me!
Is it too early to be in the festive mood already?? ‘Cause lately, I’m already in the Holiday spirit with buying early Christmas gifts and I’m so ready for delicious gingerbread cookies and many more Christmas desserts. So if you’re in the early Christmas spirit, be prepared for my Holiday Post next month in December so come back to check it out!! Until then, stay warm with Fall apple desserts to warm you up from this cold & snowy (soon) weather already in T.O!!
For more information on Food Bloggers of Canada, please see below:
Website – Food Bloggers of Canada – click here
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For information on Mary Be Kitchen, please see below:
Website – Mary Be Kitchen – click here
Social Media Networks