Wednesday, February 20, 2008

into the fire

Last year I got a bit of a bee in my bonnet (or perhaps my apron) about a talkfest put on during the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival looking at the future of food and the media. I was stunned to see that food bloggers failed to rate a mention, let alone a seat on the panel.

I built up a good head of steam on the subject:

I find this curious. After all we are the punters. We are not the insiders from the mainstream media. We are the ones who pay for our meals, have no editorial restrictions and are read in the thousands each day. Bloggers are at the coalface. We actually try out the recipes from the latest hyped cookbooks (well some of you do), rather than have them displayed prominently and hope osmosis will do the trick. But we remain invisible, according to the festival guide and in a whole day of workshops discussing this theme, are nowhere to be seen.


Well guess what? They listened. Matt Preston commented on the post with promises things would be different this year. And they are. We have our own Ed from Tomato and Stephanie Wood from Elegant Sufficiency (yes she is in the Fairfax stable but she blogs beautifully) on the panel of one of this year’s Out of the Frying Pan sessions.

Though despite his response, inviting us to get more involved, “We are also keen to keep all those bloggers who are interested updated with Festival announcements. This was the first year that we started to compile a dedicated media list of online media and we'd love that to grow. If any one wants to email us so we can add them to out media database that would be great. Send your details …” I am sad to say this hasn’t happened.

But Matt’s made amends. If you’re interested in going to the all day event on Monday March 3rd and would like to score yourself a free ticket pop over to tomato for a very special ticket give away offer for food bloggers. It would be nice having an informal blogmeet sponsored by the festival, as well as the opportunity to add our 2 cents worth from the audience.



Update: It looks like I am one of the lucky recipients of a free ticket. Thanks Ed. As of 26.2.08 only 8 of the 20 tickets on offer have been taken. There might be room for a last minute pitch for bloggers who want to attend.



The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival is on from 22 February - 8 March. Tickets for Out of the Frying Pan can be purchased online.

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7 Comments:

Blogger Ed said...

Looks like you're top of the list.

4:10 pm  
Blogger Lucy said...

Damn. Ticket arrived yesterday.

Look forward to meeting up!

9:51 am  
Blogger Another Outspoken Female said...

Lucy - damn! But it will be nice to meet you. Will have to get in touch before the day to find a way to recognise each other.

9:57 am  
Blogger Lucy said...

Ah, yes. That would be handy...

Email is lucindadodds AT yahoo DOT com DOT au.

10:17 am  
Anonymous flynn said...

Hi there, I just wanted to say that I stumbled across your blog yesterday - I think on a 101 cookbooks forum comments section? - and am completely smitten. Your adventures in food are lovely, and after some random clicking about, I am now able to convince my Kiwi best friend to send me Schoc chocolates for my birthday!

2:31 pm  
Blogger Another Outspoken Female said...

Flynn - welcome :)

2:39 pm  
Blogger Toby said...

AOF,

I have come across your blog via tomatom, and am very impressed, I have really enjoyed reading your stories, and think they are totally how I feel about many things foodie.

I am the Marketing Director and Co-Founder of www.mealopedia.com, an online cooking and shopping assistant . As an experienced foodie, I would really like your opinion on the site and any comments you have. Hope you enjoyed the festival, look forward to reading more stories!

Toby

9:55 pm  

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