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I had the pleasure of attending the International Food Bloggers’ Conference in Seattle recently. Lucky for me, Seattle is one of my favorite places to visit and once again, I had a blast. The town is filled with old architecture, incredible food, great shopping, and cool people. There’s so much food and drink within walking distance of the hotels downtown it is ridiculous. I highly recommend you visit if you can. For more on Seattle, take a look at my previous posts HERE and HERE.
I’m sharing a few of the many photos I posted to Instagram from the conference and then it’s time for a giveaway!
One of the wonderful benefits of attending this conference is the unbelievably generous swag provided by the many fine brands that sponsor the conference. I think for most of us, stepping into the gift suite felt like Christmas morning after Santa had done his thing. You’re handed a bag and motioned towards tables filled with all kinds of goodies that you are encouraged to take home with you and try out. So, that we did, and most of us ended up with a bag that looks something like mine above.
One of the other highlights of the conference was the Gourmet Fair. We had the opportunity to sample a variety of gourmet goods from tons of different brands and nibble on cuisine prepared by some of Seattle’s best chefs and restaurants. The folks from Lindsay Olives were shaking up some very tasty dirty martinis featuring their pimento stuffed olives. They must have known I was coming.
There all kinds of little bites to try from local Seattle restaurants like this Beet Rice Sushi from Blue C Sushi. Sorry for the blurry photo – it’s hard to get a clear shot with a martini in one hand and Beet Rice Sushi in the other. This is what my very wise mother used to refer to as a “high class problem”.
Thai Style Chicken and Waffles with 5 Spice Maple Syrup from Kaisho Capital Hill. The only way to describe these little luscious bites of deliciousness is O M G…incredible.
Delicious Bordeaux wines were poured by a super sweet lady named Clara who also helped to educate us about this classification of wine. Here in Northern California we are literally surrounded by wine country, so it was really interesting to try something completely different from our Napa, Sonoma, and Central Coast varietals.
There were far too many offerings for me to cover in this post but in the coming weeks, I’ll be putting a spotlight on a few of the brands with some fun giveaways so stay tuned for that!
In addition to the generous swag, food, and drink, our days were filled with educational sessions and opportunities to connect with representatives from the brand sponsors. It was a jam-packed weekend with a full schedule. I was thrilled to meet many bloggers that I’ve known for years, face-to-face, for the first time. I also had the opportunity to connect with some brand new blogging friends.
Since I got so much cool swag – and since you guys are THE best – I thought it was only fair to share some of it with you!
Today I’m giving you the opportunity to win this Krusteaz gift pack, including a box of the new Garlic & Onion Flatbread Mix, Southern Cornbread & Muffin Mix, and this roomy and pretty darn cute burlap tote bag.
I’ve heard rave reviews on the new flatbread mixes, available in three varieties including the one I snagged – Garlic & Onion.
I also brought home a box of the Southern Cornbread & Muffin Mix. I’m very familiar with the sweeter Honey Cornbread from Krusteaz but had not seen this variety. It’s a slightly denser, less sweet, more traditional Southern style cornbread.
Enter below for your chance to win this Krusteaz gift pack so you can try these mixes out in your own kitchen. Good luck to you all!