If you follow even a few Indian foodbloggers on any of the social media platforms, or even know any personally, you would have heard of our event- IFBM2014 that happened on 1st and 2nd August, 2014. The first of it's kind in India, bringing together passionate Indian foodbloggers from around the country (and even outside of it), was something my fellow foodbloggers dreamt about and I was honoured to be a part of the team that executed this event, taking it from a dream to a reality.
|The organising team - Photo credit: Jayashree Mudaliar / cookingepisodes.com|
Check all the photos from the event on our Facebook Page
Some bytes from the media -
Pre-event coverage by Mint Lounge
Event coverage by New Indian Express
Event coverage by The Hindu - Metro Plus - Hyderabad
Your's truly gave a talk on Social Media for Foodbloggers, which I will be sharing as a document for anyone who cares to know more about this. Despite the hustle-bustle of being one of the organisers, I managed to gather a lot of inspirations from the sessions and speakers. Being a foodblogger for 8+ years can really get you in a jaded spot for lack of ideas, inspirations and more. Here, I got the push to style food better, shoot outside of your comfort zone in food photography, be more inspired in food writing and of course, the all important SEO tips and tricks.
The panel discussion on Beyond Blogging was really enlightening in terms of the the opportunities for foodbloggers wherein we can actually turn into paid professionals in a field of our calling such as writing / photography / styling / recipe development and so on. This was especially useful for the relatively newer bloggers, getting inspiration from the others who have been there-done that.
It felt wonderful to put a face to the names of so many bloggers we've been interacting with over the years, but never got a chance to meet face to face. And our venue partner, Aloft Bengaluru, Cessna Business Park pulled out all the stops to keep foodbloggers happy with each meal laid out around a beautiful theme and a hospitality like we've never experienced before. Our 24 odd brand partners totally showered the participants with goodies and prizes for contests, which they had a tough time packing and lugging back to their houses. All in all, a superb time full of warm bonding and many learnings was what IFBM2014 was all about and much more.
You can expect to see some better photography and better writing from me thanks to IFBM2014, that's for sure :) Please hold me to that promise!!