I am extremely excited for this event for several reasons! First, one thing that I love about blogging is all the amazing people I have gotten to know along the way. I love getting together with fellow food lovers, bloggers and friends; and I am thoroughly grateful that I am a part of the Austin Food Bloggers Alliance. The Austin Food Blogger Alliance (AFBA), is a food blogging organization based in Austin, Texas. AFBA was founded in 2011 and today has a membership of well over 150 active bloggers (wowzers!).Through this group we have regular social, philanthropic, and educational activities. While AFBA has presented and hosted educational events in the past, including a Photography Camp last year, the Byte of Texas is the AFBA’s first full length conference!
If you are a fellow blogger, you can look forward to to a variety of classes taught by not only local, but national, industry leaders and professionals! Speakers including, cookbook author and award-winning food blogger, Lisa Fain of The Homesick Texan, professional photographer, Melissa Skorpil, social media expert and bestselling author Andy Sernovitz, local award winning food blogger Jeanine Donofrio of Love and Lemons, and many more!
Blogging conferences are always a wealth of knowledge and inspiration. A few of the classes I am looking forward to are, Writing for Other Publications, SEO, Syndication and You, and Publishing Your Book.
Even if you are not a fellow blogger, just a passionate foodie or proud Texas, this conference is for you! In addition to delicious meals provided by the Salty Sow, Whole Foods Market and The Texas Beef Council; there will be a book fair with author signings (including Lisa Fain of The Homesick Texan and Monica Holland of Lick the Bowl Good), and fantastic (non-blogging specific) classes and events including, Beyond Manuel Mode (for anyone wanting to learn some photography skills), Writing Texas Food Culture and Mousetrap: Pairing Texas Beers with Cheese and Preserves.
Are you excited to attend?
Here are some additional details:
Bullock Texas State History Museum
1800 N. Congress Ave.
Austin, Texas 78701
Saturday, September 27, 2014 8:30 am to 4:00 pm (Dinner at Salty Sow at 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm)
Sunday, September 28, 2014 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Starting at $20 (for the Conversation with Lisa Fain) to $199 for a full conference pass.
Wait there’s more! Thanks to the generosity of The Harvard Common Press and Bob’s Red Mill, some of the conference partners, you can apply for a full conference sponsorship. Not only that, the sponsorship includes the opportunity to meet one-on-one with a few Byte of Texas experts. For more information about the conference scholarships, visit the Austin Food Blogger Alliance website. But hurry, you only have until August 31 (that’s tomorrow!) to enter!
I am looking forward to seeing you all there!