About the IFBC
The International Food Blogger Conference was the first food blogging conference in the world and is still considered by many to be the best. The 2018 conference takes place August 24 – 26 in New Orleans, Louisiana and will draw approximately 200 food bloggers, writers, social media gurus, food industry members, and others for three days of content, excursions, fun, and food. 2018 marks our 10th year in operation and we are eager to celebrate!
You have choices in considering which food blogger conference to attend. The IFBC specializes in a number of things:
- Outstanding Locations: We purposefully pick locations that are of interest to food lovers and not merely good conference venues. We also move our conference most years, which is more work on our part but more fun for you. Our most recent venues have been Seattle (hotbed of restaurants) and Sacramento (farm to fork capital of the country). This year we are in New Orleans, known for its cajun-style cooking and outstanding seafood. You are going to love our 2019 location, to be announced live at the 2018 conference!
- Delicious Food: By moving the conference each year, we are able to provide delicious local food with which we would not be able to tantalize you if we kept one fixed location. This food is highlighted by the annual “Taste Of” reception in which we invite 10 – 15 local restaurants to come to our conference venue and serve small bites for all attendees.
- Variety of Content and Speakers: We understand that, in the end, if the content is not interesting you will not come. We make a big effort to provide you with relevant, interesting content that changes each year. We do this in part by seeking your input with an annual Call for Content and then giving you some control by allowing our alumni to vote on suggested sessions.
- Small and Intimate: There are some blogger conferences with thousands of attendees, making it difficult for you to meet your peers. We recognize moving the conference each year does make it more difficult to attend but we feel our smaller conference, with 200 – 250 attendees, is more relaxed, fun, and effective.
About New Orleans
We held the IFBC in New Orleans back in 2011. It was the highest-rated event ever (based on attendee post-conference surveys) and 95% of attendees said the food was better than at other food blogger conferences they have attended. Be prepared for amazing seafood, cajun, and creole, from swanky restaurants to casual food trucks, supplemented with creative cocktails and live music on every corner.
Our hotel is in the heart of New Orleans and so we have made an effort to provide a mix of experiences, including the traditional Taste of New Orleans with 10 – 15 local restaurants coming to us, a number of optional pre-conference food tours to visit local businesses, and free time for you to get out and enjoy the city.
The conference takes place at the Royal Sonesta New Orleans, located on Bourbon Street in the heart of the French Quarter. The Royal Sonesta is a Four-Diamond Hotel with fantastic architecture, newly renovated guest rooms, an outdoor pool with Oasis Bar, complimentary WiFi, and a jazz club on site. Best of all, they are eager to welcome food influencers to New Orleans; the hotel has a Food is Art philosophy. They are offering us an excellent $169 rate.
Attendees can book within the group block at the Royal Sonesta through July 26, 2018 by calling the hotel’s reservations line at 1-855-463-3092, using Group Code 0824ZEPHYR or the Group Name International Food Bloggers Conference Room Block. You can also book online directly by using our IFBC Room Block Royal Sonesta Hotel link.
The Louis Armstrong International Airport boasts flights from all over North America, with American, Delta, United, and Southwest all serving the city. To get from the airport to the hotel, we recommend Airport Shuttle and have partnered with them to get attendees a special IFBC discounted rate – $44 RT! Click here to book at least 24 hours before your arrival. If you need to make changes to your reservation you can do so online.
The IFBC started in 2009 in Seattle. Click on the links below for archives of previous years.
- IFBC 2017 Sacramento: Agenda
- IFBC 2016 Sacramento: Agenda
- IFBC 2015 Seattle: Agenda
- IFBC 2014 Seattle: Agenda
- IFBC 2013 Seattle: Agenda
- IFBC 2012 Portland: Agenda
- IFBC 2011 Santa Monica
- IFBC 2011 New Orleans
- IFBC 2010 Seattle
- IFBC 2009 Seattle
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