It is time for me to write about FBC#5 and my splendid weekend in London.
Weeks have gone by, pictures have been uploaded, reviews written and opinions shared. But I preferred to reflect with more distance this year. To go over in my mind and in my thoughts what FBC#5 meant to me and the blogging community expanding throughout Europe.
And I believe for the first time that a European blogging community is budding and blossoming.
Some write about food, some travel, some fashion or culture, each blogger trying to bring in aspects of his or her world as he or she is thinking and experiencing it, eating and seeing it, with feelings, suffering and joy.
Yes my friends it is all there for everyone to read and in theses difficult times in Europe and in the World at large it is for me, a sign of hope and inspiration that we can make a difference and that we want to.
I strongly believe that sharing our perspective is the ultimate and vital step to examining the World in which we live and reflecting on what we want our role in it to be. Not about taking but about giving, not about one’s self, but about others, listening and trying to understand, seeing the other’s point of view.
All this is what I feel I have brought back from Food Blogger Connect along with an enrichment of my life by sharing these 4 days with all the awesome and passionate people I met while I was there. Including my incredible AirnB hosts Karen and Des.
There was laughter and there was nostalgia.
I saw previous FBC friends who I have continued to get to know and with whom I have inspiring virtual friendships as many other attendees did.
The excitement of meeting the people who you have conserved with for such long periods of time, felt that you knew but had never met is hard to describe. It is enthralling and makes your heart beat faster.
This is a unique benefit that this type of, yes let’s say intimate, conference makes possible.
A conference of 120 people over 4 days is quite a feat and many have tried and given up or are so overly commercialized that they don’t give a toot and basically they only offer the venue.
I am sad to say that I have attended one of these large so-called blogger conferences and if it wasn’t for the sympathico bloggers I met there I would regret the money spent. Although I will admit that Girona was more than worth the visit.
But let us return to FBC#5 and nostalgia.
Meeting and listening to Kerstin Rodgers was a trip! And an amazing one at that! Traipsing with her down punk memory lane with boozy raunchy evenings in between the well-related tips and suggestions of book writing and supper clubs was fantastic.
I have now read her childhood stories in her spectacular book “Supper Club” and they have been a revelation making me lookback at the roots of my seasoned life and smile as wide as a Cheshire cat.
Truly if we can laugh at ourselves and have a wee cry and move on to bigger projects than I say: we got the power and we rock!
I greatly enjoyed the podium discussions and sessions at the conference this year because they allowed us to see so many different approaches to a subject in such a short time period.
The sessions are not just there to tell us how to do things but mostly to teach us what we need to consider when doing them.
Trial and error and suggestions from others really are the smart way to approach blogging.
The Battersea Arts Centre is the perfect venue, stunning, exactly the right size and flexible to the needs of this event.
The FBC conference organization by all involved deserves much, much more than a mere thank you!
I was impressed with how you all have grown and ripened with the challenges leading up to this 5th FBC event and you have listened and adjusted without losing your personal touch and signature! Bravissimo!
Take a bow Joslin you more than deserve it and your team too!!
And for once let us not discuss if there was more of less food than last year in the StrEAT Market – that is just being picky. Because nothing could ever steal the show from the unbelievably delicious mountains of food prepared over weeks and weeks and weeks by hand and served with the utmost devotion by the Kehdy siblings assisted by the wonderful Mr. Bourne , his extended family and the ever helpful Pavel!
Bethany it was divine and beautiful and a more than worthy example of what your book can inspire people to cook and create. “The Jewelled Kitchen” is a very special book and its launch was an day to remember. Sarka’s pictures, Emily’s styling and Alison’s editing match perfectly with Bethany’s creative recipes.
At FBC#5 I met people from so many countries, hugged so many friends, learned so many new things, took so many pictures and had a great time. I missed nothing!
I didn’t win any prizes except the amazing goodie bag but the biggest prize was being there with you all.
Thank everyone of you from the bottom of my foodie heart!
P.S. A warm and hearty shout-out to my new found Lido South London Swimming Club friends for such an enchanting friday evening in Tooting amongst them. You know who you are!