Ayr Food Bloggers Conference – I’m going!

Ayr Food Bloggers Conference – I’m Going!

Thanks to Sainsburys Family Blogger network I’ve been given a ticket to attend the Ayr Food Bloggers conference!  Can’t wait!  This weekend I’ll be staying with Elaine from the Fun-As-A-Gran  blog and meeting a load of other food bloggers too.  Soooo excited!  I’m now off to find some clean jeans, a nice shirt, charge the camera and my phone, starve myself in preparation for sampling some beautiful food and quadruple check the train times.  Wish me luck!  I’ll post about it all afterwards!

By the way, WordPress has decided to omit any spacing in the post below, can’t get it to stop it. Sorry. Professional as always! (blushes)

The select event is being held at Ayr Racecourse in one of their function suites on Saturday 1st September. Please feel free to take a look at their website for more information on the venue. http://www.ayr-racecourse.co.uk/conferences-and-events

The full day event will feature a spectacular local food tasting lunch with lots of opportunity to network with fellow food bloggers. We are on schedule to attract 25 participants, including food bloggers, restaurateurs and hotels reps all interested in food blogging. This is Scotland’s first Food Bloggers conference and we are capping the number of people attending to 25 to try and keep the conference as small, informative and intimate as possible. Attracting Food Bloggers from across the UK, the inaugural Taste Ayrshire’s Food Bloggers Conference will herald the beginning of the Taste Ayrshire week long Food Festival.

The agenda for the day is as follows:
9:30am:                              Arrival and registration
10.00am-11.00am:           Finding the best Produce and Showcasing Food for your Blog with Justin Galea.
11.00am-11.15am:           Tea/Coffee Break
11.15am-1pm:                   Using Social Media to Promote Your Blog with Colin Kelly.
1pm-2.30pm:                     Tour of the facilities followed by a cookery demonstration from Ayr Racecourse’s talented and entertaining Executive Chef, Donald McInnes.                                             Followed by a delicious plated lunch using the freshest and finest Ayrshire                                      local produce.
2:30pm-3.30pm:               Fine tune your Food Writing with John Cooke.
3.30pm-4.30pm:               Food Photography Masterclass with Darren McKean.
4.30pm – 5.30pm              Food Promotion with Christopher Trotter.
5.30pm-6pm                      Networking and Close
Some more information on the speakers:
A native Australian, Justin Galea was raised by his food-loving family who originate from Malta. He trained at Melbourne’s leading school for food, tourism and hospitality training gaining experience in the large range of restaurants in the sprawling city. In his early twenties, Justin gained his first Michelin experience at the Lynch’s Winter Garden Restaurant in Melbourne where he was one of the youngest sous-chefs. This is where Justin learned the Escoffier classics that continue to inspire him today. At the age of 23, Justin left Australia to travel and whilst in Scotland was recruited to join the world’s first golf resort, Turnberry. Starting as Chef de Partie but quickly promoted to saucier and later the fish station in the bustling Turnberry kitchens, he was then promoted to Sous Chef. After four years, he returned to Australia to rejoin his family, but he soon missed the creative buzz of Turnberry. He returned in 2008 as Chef de Cuisine and oversaw the hotel’s re-launch of its kitchens, recreated the food offering and preparing for the return of The Open Championship in July 2009. Now Turnberry’s Executive Chef, Justin oversees the full food and drink offering at the resort.
Colin Kelly is a broadcaster and journalist regularly seen and heard discussing gadgets and technology on television and radio. He’s best known for his time as resident gadget expert on STV’s ‘The Hour’ and has previously presented programmes on BBC Radio Scotland, Real Radio and Clyde 1. He’s been a newspaper columnist and is a regular blogger through his websitewww.colinkelly.net. Much of Colin’s work these days is with Hillington based digital consultancy NSDesign where Colin travels the country delivering social media training to a wide range of businesses and public sector organisations.
Hailing from Cape Town, but now resident in Edinburgh, John Cooke is a professional writer. John is one of the lead reviewers and section editors for The List Magazine’s Eating and Drinking Guide. John also writes regularly for The Larder magazine and its regional offshoots, covering a variety of Scottish foods and specialist producers, farmers and fishermen. John has been a judge at the Great Taste Awards and the One World Chutney competition and is part of Slow Food Edinburgh, promoting food that is ‘good, clean and fair’.
Darren McKean is a professional food photographer based in South West Scotland. A lifelong foodie, he is now on the final countdown to his 40th birthday. Together with his wife Fiona he runs Fiona McKean Photography. Darren’s interest in food photography was sparked whilst photographing weddings with Fiona. Says Darren, ‘some of the food was so impressive and I found myself drawn to photographing it’. He took the decision to concentrate solely on food early in 2011, with his first commercially styled shoot for an artisan bakery and he has never looked back.Darren has now worked with a range of food producers, suppliers and restaurants along with supplying a leading food imagery agency with his mouthwatering delights!
Christopher Trotter is a well known Food Writer and Consultant, with 5 books on cooking and food under his belt including ‘The Scottish Cookery Book’ and ‘The Whole Hog’. An acknowledged expert on cooking and Scottish produce Chris is currently working on his Food Tours, Cooking Classes and team building programmes using food and cooking in workshops. Chris has researched for major Food Guides and written for a variety of media including the List’s Fife Larder and the Fife Diet and is a regular on the BBC Kitchen cafe on radio.

2 responses to “Ayr Food Bloggers Conference – I’m going!

  1. Oooh exciting, have fun!! x

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