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Fine dining alone

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Chilled & Frosty Negroni

Sorting through my many, many neglected SD cards, I found a collection of photos taken on a work trip to Adelaide in June of 2012. Sadly to date, that was my one and only trip to the Festival State. While my days were spent holed up in the office shuttling between meetings, presentations and handover sessions, the evenings were mine to do as I pleased. A time fully utilised, partaking in the many gastronomic delights on offer.

Of those, the

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Denouement: EDB 2013

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Image by Anika Schmotter of Annilein Photography

Over one weekend early in November last year, about 80 bloggers from across Australia descended on Perth and Perth City Farm in particular to attend the fourth national food bloggers conference, Eat Drink Blog. The events of the day was very well documented with a constant stream of activity across various social media channels. And for one brief, shining moment the conference hashtag #EDB13 trended on Twitter in Australia.

Not a bad result for what is admittedly a niche conference, organised with no budget, by 5 people.

That positive vibe was further reinforced by conversations with various delegates, past conference organisers and sponsors throughout the day. Well beyond the conference proper, there was the stream of follow up blog posts conference attendees. Each with a different perspective, learnings and opinions. Each, generating more discussion and comments. Proof positive that my co-organisers and I have done something right. This thing that gestated for a better part of a year was welcomed and loved and appreciated.

Now that the buzz from the conference has subsided, and the incumbent committee is preparing to hand the reins over to the next, it's time to step back and reflect. While I've organised many events and get togethers in my time, this was my first conference. So, here are some impressions, in no particular order, on organising Eat Drink Blog - from the other side - as it were:

  1. Organising a conference is hard. Obvious point, but one that needs to be made. There's a million details big and small that needs attention. The planning and organisation is also made that much more

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March wrap up

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Eat Drink Perth, Logo

What a hectic month March has been. Lots of food tastings, events, dinners and talks, everything seems to have flown by in a blink. While work and other commitments have restricted the number of events possible, I have enjoyed those I did get to.

One of the highlights was the Twilight Hawker Markets that got better and better with each passing week. Many thanks and congratulations should go to the City of Perth and organisers for taking on board the

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Amusé Project Mayhem

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The Amusé Project

Flicking through the Eat Drink Perth 2011 pullout guide earlier this month, one of the events that caught my immediate attention was The Amusé Project for two main reasons. First, I've recently had a meal at the restaurant and, despite reading many prior write-ups, was blown away by the quality, inventiveness and exquisite presentation of the food, the perfectly matched wines and most of all, how friendly and knowledgeable the staff are.

Second, the premise of the dinner was itself

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aPHOcalypse: The phodown @ sundown

2011, @eatdrinkperth, competition, eat-drink-perth, jumbo-pho, northbridge, pho, what-the-pho

Eating as a sport, when you think about it, is rather against the ethos of being a foodie. In competitive eating, you have to eat vast quantities within in a short span of time. To be at the top of one's game, the "athelete" should ideally have the ability to unhinge one's jaw and ingest competing foodstuff, preferably without the impediment of chewing, or touching the sides of one's throat. In doing so, one doesn't really taste what one is

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A genteel afternoon

2011, @eatdrinkperth, australia, eat-drink-perth, high-tea, perth, sandwiches, tea, wa

A genteel afternoon

High tea. A name that evokes strong memories of a gentler, more leisurely, stately pace of life. Be it real or imagined: ideas gleaned from books, period films or real life experience; the phrase conjours images of lush green summers, sitting on the terrace, in the formal garden with wide brimmed straw hats, nibbling dainty sandwiches and sipping cups of tea from fine bone china delicately decorated in magenta or blue floral patterns.

Or not. Maybe that's just me.

But

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