Reflecting on the Day
BlogJam Atlantic 2017 has come and gone. Reflecting on the day and all the work that went into making it a success has me feeling grateful; it really takes a village to pull off an event like this. Which is why I decided to give you a behind the ‘screens’ sneak peek, food blogger style, into the days leading up to BlogJam.
No Place Like HOME
The week started with a road trip to Truro to get my first glimpse of the My HOME Apparel storefront. Miriah, owner, and operator of this great Canadian clothing and gift shop, generously designed a special T-shirt for our volunteers. They also donated a fabulous prize in support of Shelter Nova Scotia.
Panini for the Road
I only had a few minutes to grab a bite to eat before hitting the road back to Halifax. I was going to skip it thinking, “there isn’t enough time.” But I could not resist Jimolly’s Bakery & Cafe, conveniently located across from the My HOME Apparel shop.
Jimolly’s Bakery and Cafe is an eclectic cafe specializing in homemade sandwiches and salads made fresh to order. I grabbed a pesto, goat cheese, and tomato panini for the road. It had a lot of flavour and the warm goat cheese was just what my grumbly belly needed.
When another local influencer reached out to invite the BlogJam team to be on their Facebook Live cooking show, I said yes without realizing what I had gotten myself into. Luckily, hanging with Chef Ben from Kitchen Door Catering was not as bad as I thought it would be. Our BlogJam photographer, Michelle Doucette from East Coast Food Stories happened to be free to join in the fun.
Chef Ben decided to make moose burgers with cranberry mayo and million dollar relish from our jam sponsor Pat’s Preserves. It sure was delicious. The homemade fresh buns topped off the burger perfectly. There were many bun puns made throughout the night. You can check it out here.
My Home Bay
Our keynote, Elayna Fernández, and her family joined us this year as speakers. KIA O’Regans Dartmouth and North American Traveller both sponsored the Fernández family to help make their trip from Texas to Nova Scotia a memorable one.
KIA provided us with a spacious Sedona to help us all travel in style while Editor in Chief Tiffany Thornton organized the perfect road trip to Mahone Bay. The youngest Fernández sister, Elyssa, thought we were saying My Home Bay. Have I mentioned how adorable this family is?
Chef Matt from Mateus Bistro spared no expense when treating all of us to a vegan feast. The Red Pepper Thai Soup had the perfect amount of heat, while the Chanterelle Risotto was unlike anything I have ever tasted. I savored every bite.
Spending time with this beautiful family was such a treat. Their love and support for one another made my heart light up a million times over. For a minute I forgot that I had to get back to the city for our BlogJam Food Photography Workshop. Yikes.
This year gio, located inside our host venue The Prince George Hotel, hosted a picture perfect workshop for foodie bloggers. Michelle Doucette was onsite offering sage advice on tips and tricks for taking that perfect shot.
Chef Barry not only served us some of the best food in the city (gio just won Gold in the Coast Best of Halifax Hotel Restaurant category) but he did it all with a smile on his face. We all felt spoiled. By the end of the night, the gimlet from Level Bar really hit the spot. They make some of the best cocktails in the city.
Food Fit for a Prince
I have been in love with gio and The Prince George for a long time now. Having them host BlogJam 2017 was a no-brainer. Serving soup and sandwiches at an event like ours is often the norm.
The Prince George Hotel however, made the most basic food extra fabulous. Do not even get me started on dessert! My sweet tooth was very happy.
The After Bite
As program director, I miss a lot of the sessions. BlogJam highlights come in the form of the relationships I make along the way. This year was no exception.
This happy food blogger capped off the day with a divine almond croissant from Pete’s Frootique and of course jam. Being able to say thank you to the amazing behind the screens sponsors is very important to me. This post only just scratched the surface. BlogJam Atlantic could not do this without them.