Food Blog Forum at Disney World – Orlando, Florida

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I know it’s been quiet in this space again.  Between travel and book edits, we have been very busy, just not busy writing and sharing here.  We’re on our last few rounds of book edits for Southern Heat and after that we will see the book in manuscript form with one last pass to be made before it goes off to printing.  Southern Heat will be available in stores November 5, 2015, but stay tuned for updates in the coming months. It’s been quite the process, but it’s going to be a gorgeous book with lots of stories, photographs,  and incredible recipes that we will be proud of.

In the meantime, one of the trips I recently took was to “The Most Magical Place on Earth,” Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida for Food Blog Forum. You will find a fun and beautiful video of my day in Disney half way through this article.

Getting ready for Food Blog Forum

Getting ready for Food Blog Forum

A breakfast treat - a tasting of 4 types of Florida strawberries

Breakfast treats – a tasting of 4 types of Florida strawberries

One of the sessions with Jaden & Scott and founders Lindsay & Bjork of A Pinch of Yum

One of the sessions with Jaden & Scott and Lindsay & Bjork of A Pinch of Yum

You might remember that almost five years ago, September 2010 in fact, I planned and hosted Food Blog Forum in Atlanta.  Jaden and Scott Hair of Steamy Kitchen and Diane Cu and Todd Porter of White on Rice Couple (the creators of Food Blog Forum) came to Atlanta to share their knowledge and expertise on blogging and food photography with about 100 attendees that traveled from all over the country.  We had several panels and sessions with other guest speakers and one of my favorite chefs in Atlanta, Kevin Rathbun, did a cooking demo at the Viking kitchens at our opening party.  We’re all still trying to figure out how to make his amazing pork belly tacos ever since then. 😉

Lobby of The Grand Floridian

Lobby at The Grand Floridian

Checking in to Mickey towels is more fun than hanging out in Atlanta

Mickey shaped towels greet you upon arrival at your room

A food based Disney scavenger hunt complete with a rain poncho

A food based Disney scavenger hunt complete with a rain poncho

It was such a success that my friend Julie Deily (The Little Kitchen) wanted to host an event in Orlando.  Since then, she and Lindsay Landis (Love & Olive Oil) have planned the FBF events at Disney and one in Asheville, North Carolina.  There was also an FBF event in Nashville, Tennessee several years ago.  I was so excited to travel to Orlando the last weekend in February for the most recent FBF.  How cool is it to be hangin’ at Disney with Mickey and Minnie while attending a conference?!

Tomorrowland at Epcot - More fun than Atlanta

Mission Space at Epcot

Mickey and Minnie are everywhere

Mickey and Minnie are everywhere

Spaceship Earth - My ride ride of the day

Spaceship Earth – My first ride on Sunday

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