There really are no better conferences to go to than those that have some relationship to food. In my case, I go to food blogger conferences. While there are a few different ones around the country each year, large and small, I can definitively say that IFBC, or the International Food Blogger Conference, is the best that I've gone to and, from what I've heard from others, the best overall in the United States.
This year it is the sixth one held from Sept 19-21 in Seattle, Washington. This is where the very first one was held and is where Foodista, the organizers, are headquartered. Since then I've been to almost all of them, including Portland and Santa Monica. It is getting a little bit more difficult for me now that we have Farm to Fork during the same period.
A very important factor for many is the price. Active bloggers can register for only $95. This compared to other conferences that are in the $300-500 range.
And, of course, there's the food. Top brands such as Rodelle, Bob's Red Mill, and Sahale Snacks stop by and supply samples either in our swag bags or via some of our included meals. I see that this year our own local California Endive will be there. So I guess I won't be surprised if I run into owner Rich Collins there. Also sponsoring, my friends from Redwood Hill Farm and Green Valley Organics.
There's some great sessions this year, including how to self publish an e-book on Amazon.com and how to create good video postings.
The very best reason to go - to make new friends from all around the country.
If you are a food blogger and want the best experience with some of the best in the business, then IFBC is for you. And if you are new, look me up and introduce yourself!