Food Blog Forum Orlando, 2013

What a weekend in Orlando! The Food Blog Forum took place at Disney World May 18th and bloggers from around the country joined together for a weekend full of food and fun. You know I can’t resist Disney, so I gladly endured the 5 hour flight to partake in the fun. So glad I did!

Florida in Flight

How gorgeous does FL look from the air? Was so excited to get started with the festivities.

Walt Disney World Entrance

I was aboard the Disney Magical Express Shuttle Bus headed for my hotel. So close!!

Disney's Grand Floridian

We stayed at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort for the weekend. It was perfectly stunning.

Food Bloggers

Back Row left to right: AggieSommerKatrinaMeganRachelErinGinaCarlaAudraJulie
Front Row left to right: MeaganJennyTina, me (Photo via Audra)

After our opening dinner a giant group of us food bloggers were headed to Magic Kingdom. Can you tell we were excited? Lol!

Magic Kingdom Castle

We made it! There’s something so magical about Cinderella’s Castle at Disney. Even as an adult.

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Left to right: RachelGinaMeganMeaganCarlaErinJulieMeJennyKatrinaTina and Sommer

First things first, we made sure we got our photo in front of the castle. Then we proceeded to Space Mountain and hunting down churros, turkey legs and dole whips. Fun night indeed ๐Ÿ™‚

Speakers

Right photo via Julie

Saturday morning we met nice and early in a lovely conference room at the Grand Floridian to start our sessions. We were so lucky to hear from the Steamy Kitchen Family including their adorable boys, The White on Rice Couple, EliseJulie, Lindsay, David and so many more. So inspirational sitting in that room.

Food Blog Forum Orlando

Photo via Julie

We are ready to go!

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During our breaks we always had time for some chit chat and photos. Love all of these gals! Left:  Angie, Leslie, Paula, me, Rebecca and Tina. Second photo Aggie and I.

Friends

Julie, Amanda and I on Saturday at the conference. Love these gals!

Robin and Kiran

Two of some of the sweetest women around. Robin from Simply Southern Baking and Kiran.

Lunch Party

Left Photo via Cate O’Malley

Where there are desserts, you can find Amanda and I photographing like maniacs, lol! Had so much fun. We were served a gorgeous lunch and dessert from the Disney Chefs Saturday afternoon.

Epcot Center

Saturday afternoon Amanda and I spent some time at Epcot Center. Love this place. We darted straight to walk eat our way through all of the countries.

Countries

Have you ever been to Epcot Center and walked through all of the countries?! It is amazing. You can find authentic foods that you would actually eat in the country you are visiting. We got a steamed BBQ Bun and Curry Chicken Pocket from China, Werther’s Caramel goodies from Germany and Gelato Cookie Sandwich from Italy! What a dream!

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Later Saturday night we raced to Hollywood Studios to hunt down a Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcake and I reluctantly went on Tower of Terror with Amanda. That ride scares me to death, lol! If you look right above the goofy guy folding his arms, that’s Amanda and I. I am closing my eyes screaming and Amanda smiling ๐Ÿ™‚

Magic Kingdom Main Street

Sunday morning Amanda and I packed up and spend a couple last hours at Magic Kingdom. We were determined to try a gooey cinnamon roll we heard about.

Gastons

How adorable is Gaston’s Tavern?! Get a load of our cinnamon roll we shared. We begged for extra frosting which is a must should you go. Gooey and delicious!

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57 Responses
  1. I love going “around the world” in Epcot! I totally ended up spending the majority of my park time in Magic Kingdom, since I had so many rides on my ::must do:: list. ๐Ÿ™‚ What an awesome weekend, right? LOVE that this conference combined two loves: Disney & blogging!

    It was wonderful to finally meet you!

  2. Natalie

    I just have to ask, what camera did you use to take your pictures? Those pictures of Disney are the best, most crisp and vivid pictures I have seen in my life!!! The ones of the hotel, the Disney cupcakes, all of you in front of the castle, a Disney world scene…they are amazing!! I would really like to know how you took them, and if you used a special setting!! Thank you so much!

  3. It was great seeing you again Jenny after meeting you at last year’s dessert party at Epcot. FBF and Disney sure know how to do it up right! You look amazing after having your little one btw….loved your cute dress ๐Ÿ˜‰ The Grand Floridian was stunning, and you are MUCH braver than I….I’ve still never done Tower of Terror. Don’t know that I have it in me….lol.

    Haven’t started on my recap yet….hopefully soon.

    Hugs,
    Denise

    1. You are so sweet Denise! So great to see you again too! Still having nightmares about Tower of Terror, lol! I’ll look forward to your re-cap ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. So happy we got to spend a few more minutes together this year!! Such fun pictures, I loooove the one of Epcot! Hope we get to do it again next year!
    Hugs and miss ya!

  5. Julia

    That little bakery in Germany has the BEST cookies I’ve ever tasted – Caramel Apple Oatmeal cookies. I asked Disney, but they said that’s one of the recipes they don’t give out. ๐Ÿ™ Do you or any of the other bloggers on your trip have a copycat recipe for them? I would just about die of happiness if I could make myself some to tide me over between Disney trips!!

  6. Looks like you had so much fun and the food (desserts) looked amazing. My goal is to attend next year, fingers crossed. Great job on the animoto video!

  7. Kay

    I am a fan who follows your blog. The time in FL (yay, my home state) looked like lots of fun. Enjoyed the video recap! OMG that cinnamon roll looked to die for.

  8. This looks like my ddrreeaaammm trip! If you don’t mind my asking, how does one get invited to that trip? I’m ALWAYS trying to figure out ways to learn more about blogging and that seems like such an amazing opportunity.

    1. Hi Annie, you have to have an active food blog and that’s it! It sells out in the first 5 minutes so you have to be on the computer right when they open the conference ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s a fun one!

  9. Looks like so much fun! I loved reading your recap and have made it a goal to there there next year! You guys look like such a fun group and I can not wait to someday meet you all!

  10. The conference sounds like it was super fun! I haven’t been to Disney since I was a kid, so I’d love to go back as an adult. I saw that cinnamon roll on Instagram and have been thinking about it since. Can ypu make a copycat recipe?

  11. loved your recap, Jenny! it was so great to see you two years in a row at disney and i had so much fun hanging out again ๐Ÿ™‚ i wish we didn’t live on separate coasts!! we really do have to plan that disneyland adventure for next year – i’d totally come out to california ๐Ÿ™‚ miss you!! xo

  12. Love your recap. That cinnamon roll looks so good! I’m bumming that we missed out on so many great food opportunities this weekend. The weather just wasn’t on our side Sunday after you left. So glad we got to meet! ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. What an amazing post and write-up of the event, Jenny! I love all the pics! Thank for taking them and posting them all – so appreciated! Had no idea you were making the cross-country trek and it looks like it was soooo worth it!

  14. Omgosh, love that video, girl!! So fun, will have to check that site out. ๐Ÿ™‚ Was so fun seeing you this weekend, can’t wait for Austin!! Still swooning over that sunset photo of Cinderella’s Castle you got. ๐Ÿ™‚ See you soon!! xoxo

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