First Food Blogging Conference in South Africa: A Dream Comes True

Colleen Grove (aka Brownie Girl at Kitchen Diary)

Once upon a time, a beautiful yet bashful blogger called Brownie Girl had a dream. She wished to attend a food bloggers conference in her own country. But alas, no such thing had occurred in all the land and no such event had ever been planned.       

She spoke of her wish to her dear friend, Cook Sister (who had recently addressed the UK Food Bloggers Conference). ‘I wonder why we haven’t had one here?!’ said Brownie Girl.       

‘Ah, but it COULD happen!’ declared Cook Sister.       

‘How so?’ said Brownie Girl.       

‘If YOU organise it, it most certainly will!’ her friend replied.       

And so it was that Brownie Girl took to the challenge and set to work.  Jeanne Horak-Druiff (aka Cook Sister) agreed to speak. So did other prominent foodies like Nina Timm, Jane-Anne Hobbs and Jenny Morris who recruited their armies of supporters in turn. A date was set. Sponsors jumped on board and the food bloggers of South Africa started sizzling with excitement.       

Brownie Girl’s dream came true last Sunday when food bloggers gathered from near and far. This story is a reminder of Goethe’s words: whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it!     

For an excellent summary of the day’s events and a list of our wonderful sponsors, please read Nina Timm’s post at http://www.my-easy-cooking.com/2010/03/south-african-food-bloggers-conference.html .

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5 thoughts on “First Food Blogging Conference in South Africa: A Dream Comes True

  1. Having known Browniegirl for a good few years now, I am truly PROUD of her achievement. Opening doors for others and herself by making dreams come true. Was really SO glad to have been in SA to be a part of the very 1st blogging conference and although I am not a blogger as such, I enjoyed the networking immensely.

  2. *blush* What a beautiful story…..love what you have done with it Lana. Thank you so much. I’m really looking forward to reading some more. It was an amazing experience and so wonderful to be a part of it. The challenge was immense to me as I have never done anything like this before. But I am learning that you are never too old to learn new things. And the groundwork has been laid for future conferences now. I will send you an invite to join the newly formed SA Food Bloggers Network. Sending you hugs for the new week xx

  3. We’re all looking forward to the next one and thanks so much for the invite to the SAFBN, yahoooooooo!

  4. LOL – were you eavesdropping on my and Nina’s conversations?! That’s pretty much verbatim what was said 😉 I kept thinking of the line from Field of Dreams: “If you build it, they will come”. As you say, once it was in Browniegirl’s capable hands, you just knew it was going to be great. And having been to both the London and the SA conferences, I can confidently say that we are on a par with the UK in terms of the standard – and our goodie bags were better!! Lovely to meet you and see you at the next one!

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