iPhone instagram photo of the Magic Kingdom @DianeCu 

Magic happens in different ways. Often times it happens in special life moments that are un-expected, yet full of meaning. Or magic can be a random act of kindness, like a hug or a kiss. Last week magic happened for us at Food Blog Forum in the form of friendship and community at the most likely place on Earth— at Disney World!

Seriously, the hugest thank you goes out to all the wonderful folks at Disney World in Orlando for their un-surpassed generosity and support in sponsoring our Food Blog Forum event. Words can’t describe the care, attention and detail they put forth in organizing and helping us make this event beyond amazing. From the venue, to the park hopper passes, accommodations at the Polynesian resort, and fantastic food from all the Disney resort chefs, Disney World truly made happy magic for us all.

Jaden, Scott, Todd, & Diane                   photo credit – LoveAndOliveOil.com

This event also could not have been made possible without our partners Jaden and Scott from Steamy Kitchen and the terrific organization, patience and planning of Julie The Little Kitchen and Dawn Viola. Our beloved sponsors also were tremendously generous too and a huge thank you to KitchenAid, OXO, Whole Foods and Land O Lakes.

Thank you to all our panelists and speakers took the time to share their expertise on the round-table panels. This event could not have been a success without you all. Visit this page to see all our wonderful speakers & sponsors. 

Todd & Diane – ‘Believe in Your Story”      photo credit – TheLittleKitchen.net

We (Todd & Diane) shared our presentation on photography/video/storytelling and each presented roundtables on photography editing and a live photography/styling shoot (with Aran from Cannelle Vanille). Jaden Hair led an informative panel on PR Perspectives, Dawn talked about blogging to become a professional and David Leite shared his witty & funny presentation on writing. And our leader of the day was Scott Hair (the .com side of Steamy Kitchen), who continued to inspire us all to dream big and life our live with intention and love. All these people are amazing and we are so lucky to have them as friends!

But beyond all the presentations, Disney rides and amazing Disney food, the heart and soul of this event was the energy of the attendees.  The spirit of community and friendship that all the attendees shared was what really fueled this conference. This gathering was really life changing for us. We met some of the most wonderful people that this community has to offer and their support was tremendous.

There were many tears shed, hugs shared and personal stories of both triumphs and tribulations that were passed around. We all bonded in a very special and unique way that doesn’t often happen at other large conferences. When we started Food Blog Forum with Jaden and Scott a few years ago, our goal was to bring people together and be able to bond beyond recipes, beyond blogging and beyond photography.

Life happens outside the blog too and hopefully this weekend was one such weekend that new friendships were forged that will live for a long time, even without the blogs.

The new friends and beautiful faces that we were finally able to meet beyond twitter/facebook happened on this magical weekend. And again, a most heart felt and tremendous thank you to Disney World and Whole Foods for providing us the venue and opportunity to gather and build on this fellowship of food bloggers that we are so proud to be a part of.

hugs and love to you all, xoxo

diane and todd

Visit more write ups, stories & wonderful photographs from attendees:

  • Allison Ingredients Inc.
  • Angie Big Bear’s Wife
  • Angie Bakerella
  • Brandi Bran Appetit
  • Denise Creative Kitchen Adventures
  • Emily Sage Recipes
  • Erin The Girl & Her Mutt
  • Gretchen What a Healthy Family Eats
  • Grishma Zaikazaberdast
  • Heather Life by the Spoonful
  • Helene Lush Lady
  • Jen One Curly Fry
  • Jenny Picky Palate
  • Jenny Parkers Pantry
  • Jeannette Jeanette’s Healthy Living
  • Jessica The Novice Chef Blog
  • Jessica How Sweet Eats
  • Joanne Fifteen Spatulas
  • Josee Josee’s Kitchen
  • Julie The Little Kitchen
  • Julie Table for Two
  • Julius Droolius
  • Katie Katie’s Cucina
  • Kelly Just a Taste
  • Kevin Pee Dee Foodie
  • Kim The Suburban Cook- Part 1 & part 2
  • Kiran Kiran Tarun
  • Kristen Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker
  • Lauren Lauren’s Latest
  • Lindsay Love and Olive Oil
  • Melissa Dash of East
  • Merry-Jennifer The Merry Gourmet
  • Michelle The Domestic Mama & The Village Cook
  • Monica Sweet Bites
  • Nikki Pennies on  a Platter
  • Rashmi The Primlani Kitchen
  • Robyn Grill Girrrl
  • Samantha Sweet Remedy
  • Sarah Sarah’s Cucina Bella
  • Susan Sticky Gooey Chewy Creamy
  • Suzi Cooking’s Good
  • Wanda My Sweet Zepol
  • Yelena Cooking Melangery

Some moments from the event! All the following photos are credited to Guy of Simply Recipes

the good morning hellos at Disney World

Todd’s roundtable on Editing and File Management

The ladies! Julie, Elise, Diane, and Lindsay

the amazing lunch provided by Disney World and their incredible chefs 

The family! Scott, Jaden, Andrew, Elise, Guy, Nathan, Diane, and Todd