Hi friends :) It’s been a few weeks! This post was suppose to go out about 2 weeks ago but then the SF Giants won the World Series! Needless to say I got distracted and this post was put on hold…Go Giants!
Anyway, 3 weekends ago, Dailybuzz Food (formerly Foodbuzz) hosted the 4th Annual Foodbuzz Fest in San Francisco. Bloggers from all over the country flew out to California to meet other bloggers, explore the city, and eat! This event is really like Christmas for bloggers.
Warning: This particular post is a little long but the event was just so amazing that I had to share details!
Friday – October 19, 2012
The event started on a Friday night. We all checked in at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel and then headed up to the 21st floor around 5pm to enjoy a cocktail reception. There I got to meet a bunch of bloggers I had been in touch with the previous weeks. It was so nice to finally meet these ladies! After cocktail hour, DailyBuzz Food partnered with OpenTable to bring us Dine Around Town. We were given a stipend to use at a restaurant of our choice! So awesome.
From left to right: Gina, Lizzie, Faith, Me, Krysten, and Anjali
Saturday – October 20, 2012
The next day, I missed the early morning Scavenger Hunt at the Ferry Building but then headed to the Metreon for the Taste Pavilion.
The Taste Pavilion was on the 4th floor of the Metreon and the view was incredible! Tables filled the room and vendors were giving out samples of their products, handing us recipe cards, and hosting cooking demos. It was great to learn about the local vendors and hear more about their companies!
We even got to see a fish demo from Chef John Ash! I didn’t even know it was John Ash until after the event (rookie mistake!) but I’m glad I snapped a few pics of him during the demo. For those of you who don’t know, I’m actually from Sonoma County (home of John Ash and Co.) and have grown up knowing the name John Ash very well.
Some pics of the huge halibut are below. The halibut was served with a curry sauce and it was one of the tastiest halibut dishes I’ve ever had! It was melt in your mouth perfect, you guys. Big shout out to Alaska Seafood for participating at the Taste Pavilion!
We also sampled a variety of other foods and beverages! So delicious.
I spent some time catching up with other bloggers to the point where all the vendors had already packed up and security was about to kick us out. I think we could have talked about social media, camera settings, and SEO for days.
Left to right: Kristy, Greg, Me, and Krista
Krista from Budget Gourmet Mom and I met at the Foodbuzz event last year so it was so great to see her again!! I’ve missed that girl :)
For the Taste Pavilion event, I was able to bring a guest so I invited my friend Josh! And guys, he fit right into the food scene (maybe he should start a blog?!). Phone camera out, hashtag ready, and no complaints about how much we ate — he was the perfect guest (thanks for coming, Josh!).
We tasted wines, beers, and sampled copious amounts of food for about 3 hours straight. <– That’s a lot of food! And wine. And beer (go Bison Brewery!). We also had a great time learning about teas at the Numi Tea table. Did you guys know that tea can come in bricks? I didn’t. Below is an example of Numi’s bricks (it looks like chocolate, doesn’t it?). Apparently, you break off a piece and add it to water to make your tea.
The table next to Numi Tea was probably our favorite table. We were really impressed by the dishes that Pollen Ranch created with their products. We sampled pork chops, potato salad, and applesauce made with Pollen Ranch’s delicious spices (fennel pollen anyone?).
Saturday Night – October 20, 2012 – Dinner Gala at the California Academy of Science
After the Taste Pavilion, we had a few hours to rest and then everyone attending the festival got shuttled to the California Acamdemy of Sciences later that night to check out the exhibits. Did I mention that there were hors d’oeuvres, tons of cheese, and bottomless drinks as well? Yes, it was awesome.
Oh yeah, and then we all got to eat a 4 course meal. All of the courses had 2-8 components so we were in heaven. Our table’s goal was to get a taste of everything on the menu but when dessert rolled around, some of us couldn’t eat anymore. Some of us = me.
It was the perfect dinner to end the event. We got to say our goodbyes, exchange information, and shuttle back to Union Square.
Left to right: Me, Melissa, Gabby, and Krysten
It was a fantastic event, and I’m so glad I got to meet so many wonderful bloggers that weekend.
Can’t wait until next year!