Food Blog Forum 2014 couldn’t have had a more beautiful backdrop this year! A few weeks ago, about 100 food bloggers descended onto Asheville, NC to reconnect with old friends, make new friends, enjoy some fantastic food and to learn from some of best bloggers out there!
All of the people behind the scenes of Food Blog Forum and Foodtopia/Asheville worked incredible hard to make sure that everything went perfectly! Huge Thank yous to Jaden & Scott from Steamy Kitchen, Todd & Diane from White on Rice. Julie & Curtis from The Little Kitchen , and Lindsay and Taylor from Love and Olive Oil! I’d also like to thank Foodtopia/Asheville for everything that they did!
During our first evening in Asheville we all attended a welcome party called, Moonshine Madness! This fantastic evening of shine, treats and music was hosted by the Doubletree Asheville-Biltmore and Troy & Sons! Did you know that Troy & Sons is one of few woman owned distilleries in the USA? How awesome is that!
They treated us to some wonderful cocktails, delicious nibbles and beautiful swag bags that we filled to the top with locally made items/foods!
|Bottom Right: Morgan from Peaches, Please! , Crystal from Mrs. Happy Homemaker and I
Middle Left: Liz from A Nut in a Nutshell, Crystal from Mrs. Happy Homemaker , Janet from The Army Mom, Morgan from Peaches, Please! and I!
- Chicken and Waffles
- Watermelon & Feta Bites
- Brulee Banana Pudding
- Peach Bourbon Ice Cream and so much more!
Then on Monday we drove over to the beautiful Lionscrest at Biltmore for the conference! We had a full day of learning but stopped half way through for lunch downstairs!
We snuck down a few minutes early so that we could snap a few photos before everyone came in! Didn’t they set up the most beautiful place for our lunch! Biltmore really treated us well!
We stuffed ourselves with Sweet Tea Brined Fried Chicken, Sautéed Green Beans, Herb Roasted Potatoes, Pulled Pork with NC Gold BBQ, and Cavatappi Pasta Salad!
Oh and don’t forget the desserts!
I couldn’t decide on which one to try!
So… I tried both the Dark Chocolate Pudding with Malt Cream and the Banana Bread with Caramel Mousse, Chocolate Sauce and Salted Peanuts!
After our conference we were whisked away and soon found ourselves standing on the steps of Biltmore!
They had arranged for us to have a private tour of the Biltmore! Not only did we get a tour but we got to go down to the Kitchen and the Butler’s Pantry!
Look at that! That’s the Vanderbilt’s Menu Planner!
Now normally you aren’t allowed to take photos inside of Biltmore but our hosts were so gracious and granted up permission to take as many photos as we wanted!
After we had our tour of the beautiful Biltmore, we were again carried away to a stunning venue for dinner.
This venue was called Diana and the view of the Biltmore and Blue Ridge Mountains behind us were just amazing.
The chefs from the Biltmore restaurants were creating mouth watering dishes for us to try! The Mississippi Mud Cake with Bourbon Marshmallow, Chocolate Caramel Sauce, and Salted Pecans above was my favorite dessert of the evening!
Oh my and this Biscut Bar! The maple bacon biscuits with milk jam was “to-die-for”!
|Top: Me and Lynda from Me and My Pink Mixer
Middle: Me and Janet from The Army Mom
Bottom: Me and Morgan from Peaches, Please!
A memorable way to end a fantastic day at Biltmore!
Tuesday we got to sleep in a little 😉 and then headed over to Highland Brewery for the Taste and Sip event!
There were samples for all sorts of local food companies!
French Broad Chocolate Company was there with their fantastic chocolate samples, truffles and mini cupcakes!
There was also honey from Asheville Bee Charmer!
I tried some of the best honey I’ve ever had thanks to their honey tasting bar! I am IN LOVE with the Fireweed honey that they had! I’ve got to find some!
I just LOVED the ice cream that I had from Ultimate Ice Cream! They served up the most amazing bacon maple ice cream and the summer peach was super good too! I’d travel back to Asheville just for that ice cream!
|That’s Kim from KC Bakes and I (in the bottom right)|
Then we skipped on over to Hickory Nut Gap Farm and took a little walking tour though the fields!
I just can’t believe how lucky they are to have this view everyday!
Just look at that!
We finished our day with a food tour in downtown Asheville! I wish that I had gotten better photos of the downtown tour! I may try to add some later, but I was using my phone and it was dark….each…. phones and darkness don’t really get along!
However, I will tell you that we sampled foods from:
- Chai Pani
- Isa’s Bistro
- French Broad Chocolate Lounge
- Posana Cafe
I posted quite a few photos from the night on my Instagram if you want to check them out! 🙂
And one last time before I leave, I just wanted to again say, THANK YOU to Steamy Kitchen, White on Rice, The Little Kitchen , Love and Olive Oil and Foodtopia/Asheville and everyone else that worked so hard to put this together! It was amazing!