The past 5 months have been taken up with organizing the South African Food and Wine Bloggers Indaba (or FBI2011 as it has fondly become known). This is something that I am driven by passion for…..but man!! I need an event planner, a cash sponsor and an IT guru…. or someone! This grandmother from the backwaters is getting too old for all this stress and techie stuff. I co-ordinated this event alone, excepting for the help of some awesome behind the scene folk like Nicola at Wots For Lunch (my html headache reliever), Tandy at Lavender and Lime and Tara at C’est la Vie (who both kept me going in many ways when I was flagging) and then of course my late night chat partner and confidante, Jeanne from Cooksister ,whom I am convinced sleeps even less than I do and that is saying something!! Thank you ladies for all your help, for keeping me going, for the encouragement that I needed when I felt I just couldn’t do it anymore.
The days leading up to the Indaba were quite tense…on the Thursday brownieboy and I raced to the airport (late he was from work and the traffic was hectic, it was boiling hot and the wind was blowing gales) to meet fellow blogger and co presenter with Jeanne of the one writers workshop, Jamie from Lifesafeast Blog who flew in from Nantes, France – I think I should just direct you over to Jamie’s first FBI2011 post where you can get some idea of what it was like here in the brownie home those last days…
Sunday 20th February dawned bright and clear. I started with 10 drops of Rescue Remedy the minute I opened my eyes at 5am. By 6am, after the call from my MC Jenny M to tell me she was really ill and couldn’t make it, I was sucking on that Rescue bottle like a baby sucks on its first milky bottle of the morning…… and imagining dear Jeanne’s face when I had to tell her that she was the newly elected MC for the day (It was a picture I tell you that cannot be printed….EVER!!!) I had panicky moments about the weather as the photography workshop was going to be happening on the terrace under the trees but my fears were unfounded. February really is a beautiful summer month here in the Western Cape – well the wind was pretty bad some days and then there was the all encompassing fog that happened most days – but on THAT day it was just perfect! The views from Monkey Valley Beach Nature Resort were spectacular to say the least and 100 bloggers spent lots of time photographing that…including me
After a flurry of virgin cocktails and registration and last minute setting up we were ready to get started!
These photos borrowed from the lovely Sam Linsell at Drizzle and Dip
Jeanne made an excellent MC and her talk about blogging was so interesting and enlightening. Read Tandys note about it here
Matt Allison - aka Im No Jamie Oliver who just happens to be a singer as well as an awesome food blogger, tweeter of note, stay at home daddy and gardener, was my right hand man on the day. How can I every thank you enough Matt, for the use of your PA sound equipment and for all the help that you were to me. I think you ROCK!!
And to those who left early……you missed out on some awesome entertainment. This guy can SING!! We will just have to do this again…..
Photo borrowed from Ishay
I leave you with a few links where you can read all about FBI2011 from a delegates perspective……its always good to read what others think:
Yuppiechef’s Spatula Magazine
There are more, I will add them, as I find them, onto the FBI2011 blog and if YOU find any, please let me know where they are.
This is one time that I really don’t mind finding links to other blogs in my comments section
Below, a photo of what was inside the fabulous goodie bags that everyone took home with them. My sponsors were beyond generous!!
Photo borrowed from Cindy’s blog
Until next time (which should be soon) happy reading!