I had never attended a Food Blogger conference or festival before and I was really excited when I found out I was going to be in the Bay Area the same weekend as the 2012 FoodBuzz Blogger Festival. So of course I made the preparations to attend the event and check it out. The festival was hosted by the popular DailyBuzz media company and included numerous events such as Dine About Town on Friday night in San Francisco, where the food bloggers got a chance to taste the best restaurants all around the city. Each blogger even received $50 to spend at the restaurant of their choice! Saturday morning, bloggers gathered at the Ferry building for a Farmer’s Market Excursion and Scavenger hunt. To wrap up the festival, there was even a gala on Saturday night at the California Academy of Sciences.
One of the highlights of the 2012 FoodBuzz Blogger Festival was the Taste Pavilion Saturday afternoon located at the Metreon in downtown San Francisco.
The entire fourth floor of the Metreon was filled with food and beverage vendors, eager to showcase and share their offerings with the food bloggers.
Chef’s from Alaska Seafood showcased some amazing fresh fish demonstrations.
These crab legs looked delicious!
The Chef’s from Alaska Seafood created an amazing tasting of halibut with a sweet and savory Thai sauce.
A close up of the halibut dish.
I tried some fragrant meyer lemon olive oil from Stonehouse California Olive oil.
Cook! Real Simple and Delicious created some curry recipes with their pre-made sauces.
Cook! is California’s first dairy free and gluten free meal service that delivers nationwide, what a fantastic idea!
The Sonoma Brinery brought some of their fresh pickles and sauerkraut to taste.
Numi Organic Tea was giving out samples of their latest Pu -erh teas.
The nice gals at Alice Stick Cookies had some great crispy shortbread based cookies to sample.
I love apricots, and was excited to see some high quality dried apricots from B&R California Farms.
A tasty trail mix featuring the dried apricots.
Hottie Biscotti had some great packaging and flavor concepts for their biscotti line. The holiday peppermint flavor was yummy!
Honeydrop natural beverage company brought some of their tea and juice products, each containing one tablespoon of unrefined honey. I tried the honey peach and honey ginger, very refreshing!
Biscuit Bender of San Francisco baked up some tender sweet and savory biscuits.
There are also a variety of spreads that pair perfectly with each flavor of biscuit.
The venue for the Taste Pavilion was packed with food bloggers!
My first taste of Chiefo’s Kitchen featuring West African dishes!
Mission Mini’s of San Francisco brought some sweet and delicious red velvet and dulce de leche spiced cupcakes to share!
I went for the dulce de leche, yum!
Three Twin’s Organic Ice Cream had the most amazing flavor that I’ve tried in a long time, dad’s cardamom! The Madagascar vanilla is also fabulous with 18 rabbit’s granola!
TCHO chocolates had some interesting chocolates to try, I tasted my first 99% unsweetened chocolate bar!
Here’s a beautiful city view from the Metreon.
The 2012 Foodbuzz Blogger Festival was a great way to connect with other passionate food bloggers, I can’t wait to attend next years festival!