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 2019 conference takes place June 20 – 23 in Juneau, Alaska and will draw approximately 200 food bloggers, writers, social media gurus, food industry members, and others for four days of content, excursions, fun, and food. 2019 marks our 11th year in operation.
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), Sacramento (farm to fork capital of the country), and New Orleans (one of the top food destinations in the world). You are going to love Juneau’s food scene, including its restaurants, its top chefs, and its amazing seafood.
- 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 15-20 local restaurants to come to our conference venue and serve small plates for all attendees. When do you ever get that opportunity?
- Targeted 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. We also specialize on content that provides actionable information you can take home to improve your blogging, writing, social media, or business pursuits.
- 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. If you have never attended a food blogger conference, be assured you will fit in at the IFBC just fine.
Juneau, the capital city of Alaska, is a fantastic small town of 32,000 people. It is located on the Gastineau Channel and thus surrounded by water. It is situated at the base of Mount Roberts, which is accessible either by trail or tramway from the city and you will have views of the Chilkat Mountains, Douglas Island, and Silver Bow Basin from the top. Near Juneau is the huge Mendenhall Glacier where you can actually walk on the glacier as well as viewing icebergs on the nearby lake. Juneau is the only capital city in the United States not connected by road to any other cities, so you will not be driving to IFBC19!
Juneau’s food scene is booming, including outstanding restaurants, award-winning chefs, and our own alumna Midgi Moore’s Juneau Food Tours, recently named one of America’s must-try food tours by USA Today. While Juneau boasts all types of food from fine dining to BBQ, Alaska is appropriately well known for its amazing seafood and we will have plenty of that at the conference.
We understand for some of you the trip to Juneau will be longer and possibly more expensive than to other conference destinations. Please keep in mind Juneau is a short two-hour flight from Seattle, that we are offering both pre-conference and post-conference excursions, and that Alaska is really the trip of a lifetime. So make IFBC19 part of your summer plans!
Conference Venue & Host Hotel
The conference takes place at the Centennial Hall Convention Center (101 Egan Dr., Juneau, AK 99801), which is the main conference facility in the city. Our Host Hotel is the Westmark Baranof (127 N Franklin St., Juneau, AK 99801) hotel, which is offering a rate of $179, which is excellent for high season in Juneau. The historic hotel was built in 1939 and is just steps from Juneau’s waterfront, cruise ship docks, boutique shopping, the State Capitol building, and many restaurants. All of downtown Juneau is extremely walkable and our hotel is only a seven-minute walk from the meeting venue. You can book your IFBC room online now using Group Code (not Promo Code) IFBC2019 by April 19, 2019.
Almost all attendees to IFBC19 will be flying to the Juneau International Airport (airport code JNU) on Alaska Airlines or Delta Airlines via Seattle. Seattle is the only city outside Alaska that connects to Juneau. So start your planning there.
The good news is that Alaska Airlines is offering a 5% discount to all IFBC attendees, with the discount effective from January 1 through June 26, 2019. We are very appreciative of the airline’s generosity. You will receive a code when you register for the conference.
From the airport, you can take the Juneau municipal bus for $2 or a taxi to the hotel.
The IFBC started in 2009 in Seattle. Click on the links below for archives of previous years.
- IFBC 2018 New Orleans: Agenda
- 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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