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Food Blog Forum Orlando: Disney Fun

March 20, 2012

I had the best time this past weekend at Food Blog Forum in Orlando, Florida in Walt Disney World. I was so fortunate to get to share a round table speaking with the amazingly talented, humble and genuine, Angie of Bakerella. We spoke on “Writing a Cookbook From Two Perspectives” to four different groups.

Food Blog Forum was founded by Jaden and Scott Hair of Steamy Kitchen and Todd Porter and Diane Cu of White on Rice Couple. This one day conference is always so inspiring (this was my 3rd event), and this is the most wonderful, sharing, open and welcoming group of speakers and food bloggers. I must give a shout out to the fantastic staff at Walt Disney World for their incredible hospitality and generosity as well as to Julie, from The Little Kitchen, and Dawn Viola for coordinating this event. One the big themes of the weekend which spoke to me is: “Dream big and share your dream with others” via the man himself, Walt Disney.

Of course, there was food to be had at a “Food Blog Conference.” We had the most incredible parties, including Friday night by the beach at the Grand Floridian, lunch by a multitude of top Disney’s chefs (see above), and a wonderful Irish dessert party while watching fireworks in Epcot on Saint Patrick’s Day.

I met so many new fabulous food bloggers, and I had the pleasure to connect with old friends as well. (See Kelly, from “Just a Taste”, and me at Epcot, above).

I also had the chance to check out some of the best Disney attractions. The Epcot “International Flower and Garden Festival” (above) was this month. It was unreal!

This shot (above) from Animal Kingdom is the mountain of Expedition Everest. Doesn’t this look like I could actually be at Mount Everest?

We went on the Kilimanjaro Safaris ride (above) in Animal Kingdom, and we saw so many rare, beautiful animals. I can’t believe how close this giraffe got to our jeep.

Downtown Disney is always a blast. You never know what you might find in Disney World. Did I mention that my kids came along as well? They haven’t been there in seven years, so it was quite a treat. My son, Zachary, was a little timid of her (above).

My daughter, Leigh, (above) told me she wanted a picture with Mickey and Minnie. Honestly I wasn’t sure that it would be possible, but if there is a will, there is a way.

We loved staying at the convenient, and very, fun Polynesian Resort. Their beach (above) was so pretty, and their water slide in the pool was a hit with the kids. It’s a perfect way to spend time outside of the parks for some down-time.


33 Responses to “Food Blog Forum Orlando: Disney Fun”
March, 26 2012at 01:30 am
i'm going to disneyworld next month - would love to hear about your favorite bites there!
March, 20 2012at 08:55 pm
Alison, It was SO great to meet you! I gained a lot of great information at your round table. It really was an amazing and magical weekend....just didn't want it to end!!
March, 20 2012at 09:57 pm
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Jeanette says:
March, 20 2012at 09:35 pm
Great recap Alison - it was a fantastic venue. So glad your family was able to join in on the fun!
March, 20 2012at 10:44 pm
Girl I am KICKING myself that I didn't go to this. I saw it last year and this year, didn't know who was going, and in retrospect, about 20 ladies I'd love to have met in person (including you!!) were there. Gah! LMK what other conf's you are signed up for so I can plan!
March, 21 2012at 09:49 pm
Great post Alison!! Loved loved meeting u :) You are such an amazing person :) XOXO
March, 26 2012at 08:30 am
Lynn, I love the California Grill in the Contemporary, anything at the Grand Floridian and there is a great restaurant in Animal Kingdom that I need to find you the name...
March, 29 2012at 11:17 pm
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Ricky L says:
March, 20 2012at 05:54 pm
awesome post Alison!! It was such a wonderful time
March, 20 2012at 06:41 pm
It looks like you had a great time! I'm so jealous! :D
Amy says:
March, 20 2012at 06:51 pm
looks like a total blast! Fabulous photos. I want to go to Disney!
Tracy says:
March, 20 2012at 06:54 pm
Congrats! You amaze me. Fantastic post! I am not sure what picture i like the most
Nancy says:
March, 20 2012at 08:44 pm
This looks like amazing photos. I can't believe that Giraffe! Congrats on your amazing success
March, 20 2012at 11:44 pm
Sounds like you had a blast there! Wish they had something like that here in Canada!
Michelle says:
March, 21 2012at 04:58 am
It was so nice to meet and chat with you, and be a part of one of your groups. It looks like you had an awesome time :) great pic with BOTH of the mice, as well! Woohoo!
March, 21 2012at 05:23 am
I had the absolute best time getting to catch up with you and only wish we could see each other more than twice a year! XOXO
March, 21 2012at 07:42 am
It has been years since I've been to Disney. This looks like such a wonderful conference and the location couldn't be more perfect.
March, 21 2012at 08:11 am
How fun does that all look! Makes me want to take a trip out to Disney World and to a food blog conference!
March, 21 2012at 08:54 am
Wonderful Recap Alison! It was so nice to finally meet you in person and I loved the round table with you and Bakerella. The “Writing a Cookbook From Two Perspectives” round table was wonderful!
March, 21 2012at 10:40 am
Alison, what a wonderful post. I couldn't make it to this one and am looking forward to reading the other posts from the event. See you there next year!!!!
March, 21 2012at 02:56 pm
It sounds as though it was a fantastic event. I loved seeing pictures of you and your kids!
TidyMom says:
March, 21 2012at 03:07 pm
We've never been to Disney, and I wanted to go SO bad...but we had a family wedding that weekend! Looks like you all had such a great time!
Carolyn says:
March, 21 2012at 03:21 pm
Looks like a good time, Alison!!!
March, 21 2012at 03:42 pm
Awesome post, Alison and it was so great to finally meet you and the family :)
Amanda says:
March, 22 2012at 06:02 am
It was awesome to meet you Alison! I've just now arrived home (last night) as we made the visit into a family vacation. I'm burnt and tired but so energized by the event. So happy to have met you and everyone else!
Angie says:
March, 22 2012at 02:38 pm
I love your post, and loved finally getting to meet ya! We had such a blast, I wish I had taken more photos.
Katie says:
March, 22 2012at 08:09 pm
Great recap! I'm so happy I finally got to meet you!
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