Earlier this month I took a quick, quick trip to Sacramento for the International Food Blogger's Conference. I have been lucky enough to go to this conference several years now. It is a great "excuse" if you will to meet up with my lady blogger friends over at Strudel and Strudel and let all the things we see for 48 hours. IFBC is super blogger friendly and is gracious enough to give us a huge discount in exchange for a few posts about the things we loved - which I normally do any way. So here is my first post and a little round up of my favorite parts of the weekend!
First up - we arrived to Sacramento just in time for lunch! Nugget Markets sponsored a picnic lunch for us in the park with sammies and all the fixings. The weather was pretty perfect for us to relax and catch up for a bit.
It was a perfect, filling lunch to get up ready for more eating.
I say that because after lunch and a small break, we jumped right into a food discovery session with Superior Lamb hosted by the Burger Junkies.
There was a quick cooking demo, some talk about the lamb, and two of the cutest little burger samples to stuff in my face.
After that...the gift suite! I always have to check myself and show some restraint here because it is my default to just grab one of everything. But since I was flying this year, I had to be more mindful about what I took. Which that was good any way, because I really didn't want stuff I wasn't going to use.
I filled up my bag none the less and headed to the Taste of Sacramento Expo. This is where several restaurants come to share their finest treats with us. It was nothing short was incredible with all the goodness they had to offer and below were a few of my favorites.
Chocolate before all else. What can I say, it was the first booth when we entered the room so we started the night with Puur Chocolate. They had some unique flavors like Eucalyptus-Lemon and Coffee-Cardamon.
This was Vegan Poke' from The Red Rabbit and probably one of my favorite dishes of the night.
It didn't necessary pass for Poke', but it was a very tasty dish with a lot of flavors going on. It made me happy I actually like beets now or else I would have scoffed and walked away - but beets now taste "earthy" to me instead of pure dirt.
I wish I remembered where this soup came from, but I think I was so wrapped up in it, I forgot to take a photo of the sign! That color though - incredible. I really want to figure out the secret to making tomato soup less acidic - cause heartburn is no joke.
These! These I am going to try and recreate for sure - lamb sliders from Superior Farms.
Ok these gems were beet buns with pastrami cured trout, horseradish yogurt, pickled mustard seeds and garlic flowers from Grange - what?1 They totally out did themselves here.
Oh and to the end the night - I WON A BLENDER from Fruit from Chili. So much for "packing light" for the way home.
Another beautiful fall day in Northern California.
Day two - we spent time listening to some panels and decided to take a stroll to Old Soul Coffee for a mid-morning pick me up.
Back to learning we go...
We finished out the day with a hands on learning demo of how to make an avocado rose. I'm fairly proud of my first attempt here, but honestly, am I ever going to use this IRL, probably not. But it was fun non the less.
The final event of the night was "live blogging" and if you watched my Insta-stories, you saw the whole thing live in action. It was basically speed dating of the food world, which was super fun, but super clustery as companies had 5 minutes to give us samples, tell us about the food, and move on.
All in all it was another fun weekend getaway. I learned a little, ate a lot, and had quality time with my lady blogging pals. Cheers to another year!
Note: This is one of three blogs posts I am doing as I received a discounted entry to IFBC. As always, opinions are my own.