If you've visited the Melbourne Gastronome page in the last few days, you may have noticed this logo in the right hand column. That's right, bloggers: the inaugural Eat. Drink. Blog. Australian Food and Drink Bloggers' Conference is being held here in Melbourne on Sunday 21 March 2010 (dovetailing nicely with the end of the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival, as an added incentive for you interstaters to make the trip to Melbourne). Ed Charles and several other bloggers have put in lots of hard work to get this thing up and running, with some great sessions planned and excellent sponsors on board. I'm looking forward to it!
Attendee numbers are strictly limited due to venue size, so be sure to register your interest if you haven't already done so, bloggers. Also, given that Melbourne Gastronome's Clark Kent alter ego is that of a lawyer, I've been asked to chair the panel on copyright, legality and ethics of blogging. I'm still finalising the content and format of the panel, so feel free to email me if you have any ideas or helpful suggestions.
Even if you can't make it to the conference itself, I urge you to join in the fun (if you're an Australian on New Zealander food/drink blogger) and enter the Food/Drink Blogger Photo Exhibition, sponsored by none other than SBS Food.
Details are as follows:
Enter your pictures
To enter simply submit your pictures to the Eat.Drink.Blog.2010 Flickr group (our judges are being sorted in the next few days)
DEADLINE: Midnight Sunday March 7 2010
The Guidelines and small print
1. Submissions are open to Australian and New Zealand food and drink blogs only.
2. Try and limit your submissions to half a dozen or less.
3. Each picture will be framed and the entrant will received the framed copy. At some point we will need to get hold of a high resolution copy of the pic for printing.
4. The pictures should be original works from 2009/2010, have been blogged and the copyright owned by the entrant.
5. In return for SBS Food’s support, I’ve said they can include each of the pictures in the exhibition in an online slideshow which will include a blogger profile on the SBS Food website. By entering you will be agreeing to this.
6. That’s about it. All entrants will be invited to the cocktail launch.
7. Judges cannot vote on their own work but we’d love them all to enter.
8. That’s all.
I've had a look through the photos already submitted and am completely intimidated by all the amazing DSLR photos. I don't consider myself a Photographer - when I take photos for the blog I just point and shoot, without staging any sort of photo shoot, using a camera that's small enough to fit into my jeans pocket.
Here's where I'd LOVE for your input, dear readers: can you suggest any of the photos I've put on the blog in 2009 or 2010 as potential exhibition entrants?? Provided I get a few suggestions, on Saturday I'll ask my sister Birdie (who unlike me studied photography) to choose her favourites from the suggestions: if your suggestion makes the cut, I'll happily give you the framed photograph as a present once the exhibition is over. :)
Oh, and one last thing while we're talking recent additions to the right hand column of the Melbourne Gastronome page: you may have noticed the latest browsing feature, the Melbourne Gastronome map, which plots all Melbourne venues that I've reviewed on a Google map (with links back to the reviews). Once you click on the map you can enter in your current destination, then click on 'Melbourne Gastronome' in the bottom left corner to show how far you are from the nearest venue I've reviewed. I hope it's a useful resource for you - my Google mapping skills are fairly rudimentary, and if you have any feedback I would welcome it.
One look at the map shows an embarrassing geographical bias in favour of the city and inner northern/eastern/southern suburbs in terms of places I've reviewed. Try as I might to shift blame onto the fact that I work in the city, live very close to the city and don't own a car, I acknowledge that a couple of trips to the outer suburbs and out west are PAINFULLY overdue. Any particular recommendations?