Food is often a social activity, but the process of food blogging is not. Editing photos, uploading images, researching online and writing text can seem a lonely task at 3am. Creating an opportunity to meet fellow food bloggers was the impetus behind Chocolatesuze and I organising the first ever Sydney food bloggers Christmas picnic in 2009.
Our regular annual event has grown ever since, and last weekend, in our 4th event, 67 food bloggers gathered at Centennial Picnic for an afternoon of food and frivolity.
Sydney food bloggers
The food blogging community is a diverse group - some people write restaurant reviews, many concentrate on recipes, and others focus on specific diets, cuisines or lifestyles. We estimate there are over 400 food bloggers in Sydney alone, and each week someone new takes the plunge and hits "publish" on their first ever post.
Creating events like this is more than just an opportunity to put faces to names. It's a celebration of the strength of the food blogging community and its welcoming inclusiveness, a catalyst for new friendships, and a reassurance that there really are other people out there as maniacally food obsessed as you.
Tofu and egg rice paper rolls by Angie Lives to Eat
And of course the best part about picnicking with food bloggers is the impressive spread. Ayana's Swiss deco-roll [pictured at top] was the perfect centrepiece for a massive feast of savouries and sweets that left everyone clutching their distended stomachs by the end. Here are just a few of the homemade treats on offer:
Thai chicken in crispy wonton cups by The Sticky and Sweet
Risoles and krokets by Irene's Getting Fat
Jasmine tea creme brulee tarts by Excuse Me Waiter!
Gingerbread men by Polkadots and Chopsticks
Chocolate chiffon cake by The Way It Crumbles
Thanksgiving turkey Oreos by Gucci & Gyoza
Pims and lemonade by Citrus and Candy and Rasberri Cupcakes
Sydney food bloggers Christmas picnic 2012 (photo by Simon)
Thanks everyone for coming. We hope you had a blast!
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