The 2019 International Food Blogger Conference in Juneau, Alaska wrapped up today and by all accounts was a big success.
Content for the 2019 version was specifically designed to be at an advanced level and covered all aspects of food blogging and social media including monetization paths, book publishing, creating a business from your blog, mastering social media, writing pitches to brands, and much, much more.
Our unique keynote speaker, Dr. Julia Nordgren, delivered a compelling argument that food bloggers have a role in helping their readers achieve healthy lives. Food blogger Heather Johnson delivered a 20-minute monologue on the Life of a Food Blogger.
The food was fabulous and included an opening reception by the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, a Taste of Juneau event attended by 18 local restaurants and food producers, a hummus toast buffet by Sabra, and a closing reception by our 2020 host Visit El Paso. Attendees enjoyed pre-conference excursions and tomorrow will be participating in post-conference excursions.
There was a lot to take in and a lot to like.
But in our opinion, perhaps the single biggest takeaway from the 2019 conference is that those brave souls who traveled north to Juneau, Alaska reveled in their decision. The town of Juneau, with only 33,000 inhabitants, pulled out all stops for IFBC attendees and attendees were smitten with the city. Over and over we heard great comments about the food, the chefs, the friendly inhabitants, and the scenery. Any traveler to Juneau would have a great time but coming as part of the IFBC was simply amazing.
Moving a conference such as the IFBC each year is not easy. But it pays dividends in spades to attendees. Thank you, Juneau, for showing us your best.