I can’t even believe that the Food and Wine Conference (FWCon) has been over for more than a week. It was a conference I had been looking forward to for months, and now I have to wait until next year – wahhhh.
Last year, my first year as an attendee was so much fun! This year, I felt like I almost knew too many people, and therefore never got a chance to see everyone like I had hoped to. Those are things I never thought I would say; that I knew too many people. That’s how much I love this conference and finding my “people” those who love to blog, love food, and combining the two. Not that you needed to be a blogger to attend. But there truly is something at any blog event that my husband, family, and non-blog friends don’t get the way blog friends do. And that’s okay, because things like this…they’re just for me. They’re my thang, that fulfill my creative side, and I kind of like that.
So, back to the FWCon! It is three full days of events. Hosted each year at the Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, FL, this resort is a place you could go on vacation alone without even attending the conference, or any other Orlando attractions and still have a good time (note to Jason: let’s book a weekend getaway, stat!). I roomed with Lora Hogan, another Tampa Bay blogger, a yogi and a fellow foodie. We had a great time together, and I even periscoped Lora while she did yoga on Saturday sort of as a light tease, but also because after the food we had already had, you wouldn’t catch me trying yoga! But then Lora made that whole situation into a blog post about Hotel Yoga, which just shows you the type of person she is (find me on periscope @casadecrews).
Friday night kicked off with a welcome event hosted by Dixie Crystals, and a Make-Your-Own Sugar Scrub station. I got too caught up chatting and never made it to an actual station, but it looked fun!
Next up on Friday, The Florida Strawberry Grower’s Association welcomed us with a fun Signature Strawberry Shortcake Cocktail using St. Augustine Distillery Vodka, one of the sponsor’s I was a brand ambassador for (along with Premier Beverages and The Hess Collection). I clearly had a good time, because I started posing Jammer, the Florida Strawberry Grower’s Association mascot with cocktails… Jammer had a good time, too!
Lastly on Friday, we were welcomed into the Butler banquet room to try tapas-style bites from different restaurants located at the Rosen Shingle Creek. The Taste of Rosen Shingle Creek was a lot of fun! The drinks provided by Premier Beverages were also tasty (duh).
After several hours of chatting, eating, and drinking it was time to call it a night. Saturday would be another full day! But not before enjoying a treat from the hotel; all the macaroons in a chocolate shoe! [Read more…]