May 17, 2012
SA Food & Wine Blogger Indaba comes to Cape Town
With natural beauty, fine restaurants, and services to rival many other cities in the world, Cape Town has also added food blogging to its list of world-class services.
Two years ago, this was not the case. Food blogging had only just started gaining popularity in South Africa and local food bloggers felt left out as they read about expensive and distant food blogging conferences taking place in Europe and the United States. At the time, food blogger Colleen Grove and Horak-Druiff identified a gap in the local market, and that SA bloggers felt the need to network and improve their blogging skills. They created the Food & Wine Blogger Indaba to give local bloggers a chance to interact and learn at a US-style conference – but with a unique local twist.
The first interactive one-day Indaba took place in March 2010 in Cape Town, with 58 delegates attending. By 2011, the Indaba had doubled in size, and this year looks set to be even bigger. Now in its third year, the South African Food & Wine Blogger Indaba, taking place at the Pick n Pay Good Food Studio on June 24, 2012, has become a fixture on every serious food and wine blogger's calendar.
The 2012 Indaba will cover a range of topics such as food styling, food photography, search-engine optimisation, food writing, and social media for bloggers. In addition to the formal presentations, there will also be a number of hands-on interactive workshops aimed at improving practical skills. Local bloggers will be able to meet the faces behind their favourite blogs and Twitter contacts, and the Indaba will also provide a key networking opportunity, where bloggers can learn about trends and skills in food and wine blogging from top food bloggers.
Award-winning and proudly South African food blogger Jeanne Horak-Druiff will be the keynote speaker and will be joined by other well-known foodies and bloggers from across the country, including Paul Raphaely (NOMU), Neil Pursey (Webgrowth), Mark Forrester (WooThemes), Samantha Woulidge, Alida Ryder (Simply Delicious), Sarah Graham (A Foodie Lives Here and author of cookbook Bitten), Linda Harding (Squashed Tomato), Sam Linsell (Drizzle and Dip), Carine Visagie and John Gardner (both Fresh Living magazine).