The IFBC18 in New Orleans was filled with lots of food, of course, and valuable information on running a food blog. Coming back home with fresh information and new blogger friends made this trip invaluable for me. Learning from fellow food bloggers on how to make Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest grow my blog gave me a roadmap to work with.
Sitting through the five-minute lightning rounds, tasting the regional food, and finding new contacts were both fun and helpful.
With so much excitement on Bourbon Street, small excursions took us off the beaten path to see other parts of the city. The Napolean House and my first taste of a muffuletta offered a glimpse into Nola history. Seeing the dining rooms of Antoine’s and all the secrets it held made me want to see more of the French Quarter.
Four days in Nola, what an experience
Of course, you can’t be in the French Quarter without tasting a sweet Praline and the glorious powdered sugar covered beignets. Here I learned the difference between Cajun and Creole food. Gumbo, jambalaya and Po’Boy sandwiches were new to me and I loved trying this new food.
I found some gems like French Truck Coffee, that offered a great coffee and my beloved Oolong tea, the Flamingo A-Go-Go for dinner with my new friends and Sucre for macaroons and delicious pastries.
Making friends at this conference is one of the best takeaways and connecting with them later through social media is exciting. Thank you to everyone who answered my questions and gave me inspiration.
You can’t be in New Orleans without seeing some sites of this incredible city. My last excursion was one I will remember forever for the utter beauty I saw. This has nothing to do with food but if I didn’t go to this food conference I would have never seen the beautiful green swamps and hear about the history of the Cajuns and the backcountry.
Thank you IFBC for putting on such an informative food conference. Can’t wait for Juneau!
One Hot Oven ~ Bevyn Cassidy