Yes folks, it's that time of year again: the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival is on for young and old. Am trying to talk Rumpole into shouting me tickets to some of the scrumptious events on offer, but he's being evasive. Of particular interest to me is the event Out of the Frying Pan, an all-day talkfest including discussions on new food media (like us food bloggers, hooray!) and the politics of food... check out the session details via the above link, make a booking here and come along! Ed from the blog Tomato has done a deal for some food bloggers to get free tix to the session, plus has posed a number of interesting food blog-related questions on his blog in anticipation of Out of the Frying Pan.
In answer to the question What are blog readers looking for?, even my feeble free stat counter (and personal lack of cyber know-how) can tell me that the most popular page on Melbourne Gastronome (other than the home page) is my post on the Women's Weekly Children's Birthday Cake Book, and that typing "a stick quest part borthday" into Google will somehow lead you to my blog... :)
I shall be addressing the other questions raised in Ed's blog in a forthcoming post. In the meantime, which Festival events are people planning on attending? I rather like the sound of the Great Aussie BBQ at Fed Square - some interesting chefs will be proffering meats and veggies... pity my hectic/unpredictable working hours don't allow me to take advantage of any of the Age Good Food Guide Restaurant Express deals this year! Anything else anyone can recommend?