One of the quirks about going to a festival with a bunch of food bloggers is of course, the food. This past weekend all of us were overstuffed, over-stimulated with activities, and best of all, over-loved through all the new found relationships.
While I was at this 3-day long festival, I had the opportunity to connect with some awesome individuals--some whom I had never met before even through the blogosphere, and some whom I had been quite excited to meet. :)
It is truly ironic how different we all look in camera and in person! For example, when I first met Krista from Budget Gourmet Mom, I didn't have the slightest idea of who she was, and neither did she know who I was. However, we just clicked so well and kind of fell in love with each other. Right, Krista?! Okay...maybe I fell in love with her more than she did with me.
Do you spot some people you know in the pictures above?!
While a group of us were walking around trying to strike up a conversation with strangers, we spotted Kath and her sister Laura! Needless to say, all of us were a wee bit too excited because we are faithful readers of Kath's blog.
I also mentioned in my previous post that I would be sharing a room with Mimi. Well, ironically that was my first experience having a roommate! Yes, it was a short-lived moment, but I really enjoyed the companionship of having a new friend "living" with me. Although I have to admit, I don't know if I would want to do that for a long time like college students do, except with Greg once we're married. Nothing personal with you Mimi! I love you girl! :P
In my opinion, almost everything that was offered to us day in and day out, was so delicious and gourmet!
Even the simplest dishes like pork belly hors d'oeuvres made my five senses jolt with a zing. Oh yeah, and I asked a lot of the people working at the tasting pavilion to "pose" for my ginormous Canon. To my surprise, they happily agreed to! I think they kind of liked the attention. :D
On Saturday morning, we gathered up for a panel discussion featuring some of the top bloggers like Mama Pea, Jessica, and Joy, along with a few other key-note speakers. These are individuals who have come a long way in their experience with blogging. They gave us tidbits of advice and shared their unique experiences. For example, they shared about how to take it to the next level when it comes to getting our blogs out to the public. There was also a session that taught about the basics of DSLR, which was led by the super sweet Ashley!
Then came the tasting pavilion...!
I really liked TCHO dark chocolate because of its velvety flavor and texture.
Sabra Hummus offered so many samples, and boy am I glad they did! I have tried most of their flavors already, but my favorites are the Classic and Pine Nut. I think I was a hummus glutton throughout the entire event, and I kind of feel guilty about it. And then when I came back home, I went ahead and bought some more hummus. Somebody help me!
Why can't I make my cupcakes look this gorgeous?
Folks, that is Tyler Florence that you're spotting. :D *Rubs eyes, squeak squeak*
He cooked for us on the evening of the Gala Dinner.
He showed us how to brine pork chops and caramelize them to perfection. Too bad we didn't get to eat his food! We were all anticipating that moment that never happened, hah!
The first course at the Gala Dinner was a simple, but delicious salad with candied walnuts, a really good Gorgonzola cheese, and pear slices.
For the entree, I opted for the filet mignon on top of a celery root puree, shrimp, and veggies. I have to say that I my favorite thing here was the puree! I have never tried celery root puree before, but I loved the silky texture and earthy flavor so much!
On the very last day, we were invited to eat brunch at Perry's .
Going to the Foodbuzz Fest was truly a fun experience, and an opportunity that I'm so grateful for! Sure, the crazy variety of food that we ate was sinfully delicious, but the best part for me was meeting so many wonderful people from all around the world. Being able to connect with one another through food is one thing, but the opportunity to connect with people through deep matters and conversations was the highlight of my weekend.
Lastly, I want to thank you all who shared about your personal life stories!!! Thank you for making me laugh, and thank you for entrusting me with a little bit of yourself. :D
If you went to FB, what was the highlight for you?
What stands out to you when you meet new people?
-I am always taken aback (in a good way) by how genuine some people can be!! I was definitely blessed by seeing that this past weekend.
Have a blessed day,