Last year, I had the incredible opportunity to attend Eat Write Retreat in Washington DC for free as a volunteer. Unfortunately, I had to back out a few months before because of pregnancy complications.
So instead, I watched the hashtag (#EWR12 this year) and read all the amazing post-conference blogs and really wished I had been there.
Well, not this year. Nope.
This year, I will be there, thanks to Robyn and Casey asking me to volunteer again. And I’d like you to join me. Here’s why:
Networking Networking Networking
The number one benefit I read over and over again last year was about the connections made at the conference. Blogger after blogger wrote about making great friends and really connecting with the other attendees. This is a small, intimate conference that is conducive to building lasting relationships. And there are opportunities throughout the weekend to connect with “the pros” – they’ll be dining beside you, not just talking at you.
Food Styling & Photography
I’m really excited about the Food Styling & Photography workshop because, well, let’s just say I have A LOT of room for improvement in this category. But, I’m more excited that I’ll learn how to use the equipment I already have – an iPhone and a point-and-shoot – and won’t feel woefully inadequate being a foodie without an SLR (although, I’ll probably want one after this workshop).
Ok, I wouldn’t attend just for the swag but its certainly a plus. And, from what I’m hearing, you’ll want to bring an extra suitcase.
This is a food writers conference, after all. Expect to eat a lot and eat well. Bring Your Appetite. The food allergy mom in me is looking forward to lunch on Saturday at Elizabeth’s Gone Raw, a vegan restaurant. And the coffee addict can’t wait to try Qualia Coffee.
OXO Kitchen Challenge
Have you ever dreamed of being on the Food Network show Iron Chef? Thanks to OXO, you’ll get your chance at an Iron Chef style competition. OXO is providing equipment customized to each team’s planned dish. Teams were assigned earlier this month but you won’t miss out if you haven’t registered yet.
Sounds amazing, right? Right! So go register right now. And hurry! Registration closes April 1 (not joking!).
But, the price tag? Don’t let your sticker shock keep you from attending. Compared to other food blogging conferences, this one is a steal. Check out this chart and see how Eat Write Retreat stacks up.
P.S. Did I mention that this is an all-inclusive conference? You get everything – the food, the hotel, the swag, the networking, and ALL the workshops for one price.
Will I see you in DC May 4-6, 2012? Let me know in the comments below.