FB Fest Roundup and Contest for Swag

Well, I'm back from a weekend of making new friends from across the country who love food and write about it in blogs. The first annual Foodbuzz Festival was a huge success and went off flawlessly, at least to my participant eyes. I will write about it over the next few days, but thought that I would start with special mention of new friends and ask that you check them out too. There were over 200 blogs represented with people coming from as far away as Australia and the U.K.

One of the special people I met had an indirect connection to my starting this blog. That would be Jen from The Leftover Queen. You see, two years ago I came across her Foodie Blogroll (see my connection over on the right side). Back then it took a few days, but I could go through all of the foodie blogs and check them all out. Today there are so many that it's impossible to keep up. Anyway, that's when I said to myself, "hey, I can do as well as some of these folk!" So I started Munchie Musings and asked to be connected to the Blogroll. So it was nice to meet Jen in person. (Oh, that's an "I love Foodbuzz" tattoo on my cheek. I got into the spirit of the event.)

Locally I met Kimberly from Poor Girl Eats Well, who stumbled through the weekend on her crutches due to a sprained ankle. Turns out she's a neighbor and I'll be cat sitting for her soon.

Close by in Northern California are Mike in Livermore from Gastronomic Musings, Joel in SF at Six by Ten Tiny Kitchen, and Kate in San Jose at Something We Dreamed. John in SF won Best Video Blog for his Food Wishes.

From Florida came Peter and Christey at FotoCuisine. From Los Angeles were Krissy and Daniel at The Food Addicts. And others included Christina at The Wayward Chef, Bill at Eggs in Purgatory, Joan at FOODalogue, and Tracy at Shutterbean.

Now to my contest. Above you see all the free stuff I got over the weekend. A few things I'm keeping, but really, I don't need more gadgets. After all, I sell Pampered Chef and have plenty. So I'm gonna give it away to some lucky winner (continental U.S. only due to shipping). The deadline to enter will be noon on November 16th. All you need to do is tell me what your favorite Thanksgiving dish is. Be sure to leave some way for me to contact you if you win.

Good luck!