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Friday, June 14, 2013

Food Blog Forum Orlando

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Every year, we keep out-doing ourselves when creating Food Blog Forum events. It’s a great thing (I’m not complaining), but one of these days, there will be no way to “wow” food bloggers unless we host the event on a cruise ship to the Caribbean. Hmmm…..maybe…one day.

What Todd, Diane, Scott and I love most about FBF is that the entire family is always invited. We try to make our events at fun locations and affordable enough so that you could bring your entire clan. Which is why we were thrilled that our gracious host for 2nd year in a row was Walt Disney World.


Family is so important to us that our portion of the day included my entire family up on stage. We talked about how we restructured our business to fit our lives, and how important it was to align our blog+business strategy to our family motto of “Magical Moments.”

Andrew was up on stage, fearless. He wrote and read his speech “What Steamy Kitchen means to me”


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He’s amazing.


Oh, and my baby, Nathan, discovered that girls like wheelchairs! He was in the hospital just days before the event so we had a wheelchair for him. Who knew? Wheelchair! Chick Magnet!


Nathan tried so hard to keep up with everything – listening to every speaker, drawing giveaway names, giving hugs to people – finally succumbing to a little nap in front of the room.


I’m grateful for the awesome sponsors of Food Blog Forum:

KitchenAidOXOFlorida Dairy FarmersGIR and Whole Foods Market Orlando along with our host, Walt Disney World. These generous sponsors helped keep the event costs to a bare minimum for food bloggers and provided great prizes for everyone.

Most of all, thank you to everyone who attended – we loved meeting your families and hanging out with you!

A note from Andrew & Nathan

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“Next time, I want to lead everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance. I was a little too shy and wasn’t feeling that great in the morning” – Nathan

“Hi everyone! Thank you for letting us be with you at Food Blog Forum. We had a very fun time at Disney World. Meeting new people was fun.” – Andrew

“We loved this trip to Disney World because we got to start our pin collection. We just love collecting pins! 

Here is a picture of someone’s collection at Epcot. They have an area where pin traders can show off their collection and you can trade with them. 

Do you have pins that you would like to trade with us? ” – Andrew & Nathan



More Food Blog Forum

Check out everyone else’s posts from our event!

12 Responses to “Food Blog Forum Orlando”

  1. Thanks for organizing such an amazing conference! I learned so much, and it was wonderful to meet so many awesome bloggers (yourself included). :-)

  2. Winter Redd — 6/14/13 @ 3:34 pm

    I am so sad that I didn’t get to go this year–it was too popular and sold out so fast! I’m determined to go next year.

    By the way, thanks for saying hi to me and taking a pic with me at the BlogHer Food closing social.

  3. Jaden you are so sweet. I just love your whole family! Seriously spending time with you in Chicago for the Verizon event just showed me what a fun happy person you are. And FBF showed me that your family spreads happiness wherever you go. xoxo- K

  4. Katie — 6/15/13 @ 9:06 am

    Thank you again for an amazing conference! I always love all the sessions. They are always so inspiring!

    I’m loving the idea of the cruise! I’m a cruise queen and would happily help organize! I have a recap, too: http://www.katiescucina.com/2013/06/food-blog-forum-2013/

  5. Aw looks like so much fun! I hope that soon enough I’m 1. relevant enough to go to one of these things, and 2. able to afford to go! I love all the posts people are doing on it, and it’s so sweet your family was involved :)

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  7. Alicia — 6/21/13 @ 9:27 am

    Thank you so much for organizing the conference. It was great meeting you and your family!

  8. Chris — 6/22/13 @ 8:43 pm

    What a fantastic event! I hope to catch another FBF the next time y’all are in the Atlanta, Nashville area again.

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  10. Christini's — 7/15/13 @ 12:55 pm

    Looks like a great event! Thanks for the photos – it feels like we were there!

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  12. Pamela Fowler — 10/20/13 @ 9:13 pm

    It is great conference / event. Another time I really wanted to come to events like this. Thank you for providing the update, hopefully more success for you.