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Yummy food at IFBC

Now that I’ve shared “International Food Blogger Conference (IFBC) Tips” and “The Three P’s of IFBC: People, Place, Program” – all that’s left to talk about is the food. And really, if you’re going to a food blogger conference, you know you’re going to be talking about food! The food we enjoyed alone was well worth the $95 ticket price for the 3-day conference.

And, did I mention the wine that we drank with the food?

The Seattle food scene is happening and Friday night, we had “A Taste of Seattle and Gourmet Fair” and got to sample “a variety of gourmet goods from producers, nibble on cuisine prepared by some of Seattle’s best chefs and restaurants.” Oh, thank you, Foodista! It was tasty and I slurped it all right up! Yep, that’s me taking care of a few oysters.

Slurping oysters at IFBC

Image credit: Kate McDermott for Taylor Shellfish Farms

Here a few of the sponsors who were at the event and who brought their tasty food along…

Alaskan Seafood – It’s hard for me not to eat just one of anything when it comes to seafood and especially smoked salmon. It’s wholesome goodness and the taste is always amazing. I wanted to snatch the entire platter and whip it into my second-hand bag. I had visions of it going into my smoked salmon spread recipe and wanted to quietly bring it all home.

Alaskan smoked salmon

Attune Foods – This is who makes the cereal I eat daily – “Uncle Sam” and I mix it with my homemade granola. Even when I travel, I pack it and bring it along. Their social media manager, Annelies, is lovely and passionate about her work. She and I have been lucky to have attended 3 conferences together this year!

Bob’s Red Mill – This company is local for me and I’m a regular purchaser of their 25-pound bag of whole wheat flour and use it for all of my baking! I feel fortunate to have the store close enough that it’s in my range of errands. The BRM folks were there with lots of samples of their ancient grains and it’s always fun to see local Portland people in Seattle.

California Strawberries – What can I say about strawberries? Delicious and I won the cutest ever tea kettle from them. It’s in the shape of a strawberry, of course!

Cupcake Royale – OK, these cupcakes were incredible! I ate more than my share at a party that my fabulous friend, Coryanne Ettiene, hosted the night before the conference began. The little mini-cupcakes were so good that you could eat several – which I did. The next day, when I ran into the crew from Cupcake Royale again, they remembered me and did me right with their ice cream. No little tastes for this blogger!

Ice Cream samples

Thankfully, I had gone for a long run in the morning and felt pretty good about downing that entire bowl of ice cream.

Nature’s Path – Makers of good for you cereals that are organic and non-gmo. My kids love their hemp and pumpkin granola cereal and if you find it at Costco, it’s a real bargain.

Ruby Jewel – Frozen fruit and veggie pops – how can these be so good? The folks from Ruby Jewel were excited about their new product and we should see it in more stores soon. I wish them all the luck!

Simple and Crisp – If there’s one thing I love, it’s dehydrated fruit that’s not covered in sweeteners and preservatives. Because I found a dehydrator at an estate sale, I’m making my own dried fruit but if you’re in the market for some, check out their products. Their packaging is really simple and clean, too.

Simple and Crisp samples at IFBC

Thank you to my sponsors…

A big thank you to Earthbound Farm Organic and Copper River Salmon for sponsoring me to attend IFBC. These companies are treating the earth well and making available healthy, real food for us to cook, feed ourselves, and feed our families.

What’s the best conference food you’ve ever enjoyed?

Go Gingham related links:

BlogHer in my backyard – a fun blogger event I hosted
BlogHer food and too much fun – recap from 2012
BlogHer food in Austin, TX recap from 2013
Free tools for your blog or website – really, free!
WordPress resource books – you can find these at your library

Other related links:

Foodista, who runs IFBC, can be found here. Check it out – lots of great recipes!