Below is the skeleton agenda for IFBC19 in Juneau, Alaska. All events will take place at the Centennial Hall Convention Center unless otherwise indicated. We will be filling in the content in the coming months, including an open Call for Content. Please add your email address to the Get IFBC News box to the right to stay informed. Previous years’ agendas and speakers can be found in our Archives.
Thursday, June 20
Pre-Conference Excursions: See the Excursions page for details.
- 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM Juneau Food Tours “Tour With Taste”
- 2:30 – 5:30 PM Alaskan Brewing Company Tasting & Tour
- 2:30 – 5:30 PM Juneau Food Tours “Bites and Booze”
6:30 – 8:30 PM Opening Reception: Sponsored by Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute featuring premium Alaskan seafood small bites with a wine and beer open bar. With special appearances by Chef Beau Schooler and Chef Lionel Udippa, winners of the 2015 and 2017 Great American Seafood Cook-off competitions. The reception will take place at the Glass Atrium in the Alaska State Museum, which is a nice 1/2 mile walk along the waterfront from the host hotel.
Friday, June 21
Breakfast On Your Own
8:00 AM – 6:30 PM Registration & Sponsor Expo: Check in to the conference and meet with our sponsors.
8:15 – 9:15 AM Intro to the IFBC: Never been to the IFBC before? Or has it been a long time? Come join us for an hour introduction to the IFBC including an overview of the conference, tips on how to maximize your takeaway, and the chance to meet other attendees.
8:15 – 9:15 AM Kitchen Bloggers Meetup: Join the Kitchen Bloggers group and host Trish Lindemood to learn about this group, network, and have a little fun. This informal get together is designed both for those already in the Kitchen Bloggers group and those interested to learn more.
9:30 – 9:45 AM Conference Opening and Welcome
9:45 – 11:45 AM Advice From the Experts: We will have three well-known food writers on stage who will expound on their areas of expertise, including writing, social media, technology, working with brands, etc.
11:45 AM – 1:15 PM Lunch On Your Own
1:15 – 2:15 PM Food Blogging Around the World: Hear from five different bloggers from five different countries around the world about their experiences with food blogging, social media, working with brands, and more.
2:15 – 3:00 PM Keynote Speaker: To be announced in the coming months
3:00 – 3:30 PM Break
3:30 – 4:30 PM Discovery Sessions: Hear from two of our sponsors who will entertain and educate you with their food products.
4:30 – 6:00 PM Gift Suite and Taste of Juneau: Two great events in one! At the Gift Suite, you can pick and choose which from dozens of local Juneau and Alaska products you would like to take home and try. The Taste of Juneau is an unparalleled opportunity to taste food from 15 – 20 Juneau restaurants.
6:00 – 7:00 PM Lightning Talks: Following on the success of the 2018 event, we will have 10 of your fellow attendees get up on stage to deliver five-minute, Ignite-style “Lightning Talks”. With 20 slides each advancing automatically on 15-second intervals, speakers have to be on the top of their game to deliver fun, informative, often hilarious talks. We will put out a Call for Speaker to registered conference attendees about 45 days before the event.
Saturday, June 22
Breakfast On Your Own
8:30 AM – 5:45 PM Registration & Expo: Meet our Sponsors, register, or let us know if you have any questions.
9:00 – 10:00 AM Breakout Sessions: Choose one of two.
10:00 – 10:15 AM Break
10:15 AM – 11:15 AM Breakout Sessions: Choose one of two
11:15 – 11:30 AM Break
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Breakout Sessions: Choose one of two
12:30 – 2:00 PM Lunch on Your Own
2:00 – 4:00 PM Unconference: An Unconference is where the attendees drive the discussion and all ideas are good ideas, so leave your expectations at the door and come in with your ears open and be ready to participate. This is a way to reverse the typical one-directional flow of communication at a conference and puts our attendees in charge. We will have four different Unconference sessions and you are free to wander in and out or stay in the one that motivates you the most. Each session will have a leader/moderator who is an expert in the subject matter. Sessions include:
- Technology: This include include the mechanics of blogging, WordPress plugins, SEO, Google Analytics, and much more.
- Food Writing: Follow up on the morning’s conversation or decide to head off on other food writing subjects.
- Social Media: We can discuss everything from Instagram to YouTube and gaining followers to scheduling your posts.
- Making Money: We might discuss pitching to brands, joining affiliate programs or influencer networks, and anything else the group decides to discuss.
- Getting Started: This is the only Unconference session that will be oriented towards those of you just starting out. Led by an expert, this provides you two hours to get the answers to your questions!
4:00 – 4:15 PM Break
4:15 – 5:15 PM Live Food & Drink Social: Live Food & Drink Social (previously called Live Food & Drink Blogging) is becoming the signature event of the International Food Blogger Conference. We will invite 15 food producers to come in and present to our group. The format is sort of like speed dating, with each producer having five minutes to present their product to a table of attendees, all while the food influencers taste, evaluate, and write about, photograph, and video their thoughts, posting to blogs and social media as they go. After five minutes, producers rotate to a new table and we do it all again for 10 rounds in total. Live Food & Drink Social is fast, fun, and sometimes crazy!
5:15 – 6:00 PM Announcement of 2020 Location and Conference Close
Sunday, June 23
Post-Conference Excursion: See the Excursions page for details.
- 9:00 – 11:00 AM Whale Watching Tour With Juneau Tours