2016 World Food Championships Blogger Summit NEWS!

The World Food Championships Blogger Summit 2016 was held in Orange Beach, Alabama, where bloggers were treated to the WORKS!

2016 World Food Championships Blogger Summit NEWS!

World Food Championship Blogger Summit 2016

From Left: Kim Banick, Denise Romeo, Suzanne Clark, Debbie Reid, Veronica Callaghan, Lisa Keys, Rebecka Evans

 

WFC Blogger Summit’s Amy Green, Staff and Mike McCloud owner of MMA Creative, showered fifty Food, Style and Travel Bloggers to luxury accommodations at the TURQUOISE PLACE. Located on some of the most pristine white-sugar, sand beaches in the area.

Our accommodations were over-the-top luxury, three bedroom 2400 sq. ft. condominiums, complete with beautiful ocean front views, living room, gourmet kitchen, washer and dryer, outdoor cooking area and hot tub. The master suite was as large as some people’s homes not to mention, the opulent master bath and walk-in closet. Wonderful accommodations, perfect for family reunions and holiday travel, left us all feeling very pampered!

Turquoise Place

Turquoise Place

World Food Championships Blogger Summit 2016 - Orange Beach, Alabama

Sand, Sun and a whole lot of fun!!

World Food Championships Blogger Summit – DAY ONE

Intensive training with Kay Maghan, Public Relations Manager, Gulf Shore, Orange Beach Tourism, Dr. Bill Walton (“Dr. Oyster”) Auburn University Shellfish Lab as well as, Hydrogen Power Project, renewable energy study with President Ted Wampler, Jr. Wampler’s Farm Sausage. We were also treated to a stellar demo by Hormel Chili’s “BroTorch Boys” cooking two dozen hot dogs with a 50 foot flame thrower in the new food trend “Brotorching!” We all got a chance to fire up the Brotorch which was quite exhilarating. Hormel and the Brotorch Boys gifted all the bloggers with their own blow torch! Thanks Hormel!  Hormel Chili and a "BroTorch"

Michael Sewall, renowned UK photographer shared tips for food photography. Our final challenge of the day, create a tailgate sandwich with WFC 2016 Food Sponsors, Saucy Mama and Wickles Pickles then photograph our delicious creations. I made an Orange Habanero Pesto Italiano Wrap, it was a giant sandwich, delicious and well received by my fellow bloggers. 

Orange Habanero Pesto Italiano Wrap

My scrumptious Orange Habanero Pesto Italiano Wrap

Brotorch Blogger Summt 2016

Brotorch Blogger Summt 2016

Then this happened….Luxury Coffee Break with Chef Brian David Scott and his cup of luxury hand-picked, hand wash, hand roasted coffee. This 5-star cup of coffee costs $1,200 per pound. I was quite sure that this coffee was none other than Kopi Luwak aka cat poop coffee, however, I was unable to get an answer to the origin of the coffee blend. Needless to say, it was very tasty and a treat, but I’d be hard set to pay $1,200 per pound to experience it again. Special thanks to Amy Green for this delicious indulgence!!

$1200 per pound coffee

Luxury coffee break-$1200 per pound coffee

Wickles Pickles by Rebecka Evans

My photo shoot of Wickles Pickles

 

World Food Championships Blogger Summit – DAY TWO

We had a full day tour of beautiful beautiful Bayou La Batre, Alabama; Murder Point Oyster Farm, the Olympic Shellfish crabmeat processing plant and the Graham Shrimp Company.  That same day we enjoyed some sweet southern hospitality at a Low Country Boil, hosted by Graham Shrimp Company and members of Organized Seafood. We ate piles of fresh oysters, fried and steamed shrimp, potato salad corn and all the fixings, plus homemade banana pudding for dessert. It was some kinda delicious!

Low Country Boil

Stuffed to the gills, we all rolled back on the bus headed for the Homeport Marina and one of Alabama’s favorite restaurants, LuLu’s. Lucy Buffet is sister to the renowned singer-song writer, Jimmy Buffett, and owner of this very popular tourist destination. I honestly didn’t think I could put another bite of food in my mouth after eating that amazing Low country boil, but once I tasted the red snapper, I was done for! We learned that the red snapper was the fresh catch of the day and to prove it, all we had to do was check out the FISH TRAX app.

Fish Trax™, an electronic fishery information platform that helps industry, marketers, and fishery managers collect, analyze, and share information that is critical for the success of their fishery.

Developed initially by a collaboration of fishermen and scientists for managing fisheries in near-real time, the Fish Trax™ system has evolved to become an important tool for consumers who want to know more about the seafood they eat –including the origin and harvest area of a particular fish.

Needless to say, we ate some of the freshest fish a restaurant can produce! I’m hoping the idea catches on in other coastal regions.

 

World Food Championships Blogger Summit – DAY THREE

Blogger summit was all about World Food Championships 2016. We attended the media kick off in the morning where we met the Mayor and listened to three Experts share their knowledge. Suzanne Clark, owner of Living a Creative Life , award-winning home cook and two-time 10 K winner of the Pasta World Food Championships as well as, TV personality. Suzanne shared insight on what it takes to be a TV personality, and award winning competitive cook. I love that she’s a star and my friend too!! Donna Bennar, owner of SWOON Talent spoke about her agency and shared her tips on how to become a successful blogger and tv personality. We also heard from Darie Loretta O’Connor owner of Try The DisH Radio which airs 9PM CST Saturday’s out of St. Louis on 1380ThePulse!

The Blogger Summit finale was ripe with a food champ judging class and the honor of judging the first round of World Food Championships Dessert category. I’m now a gold card holding E. A. T. certificated judge! EAT™ methodology, the scoring system that allows any WFC entry to be judged consistently using three key criteria: Execution, Appearance and Taste. I’m thrilled to be a certified food judge but I can honestly say that I’d rather be a food competitor than a judge; judging is entirely more stressful! 

At the end of the day, the WFC Blogger Summit 2016 was another wonderful event thanks to Mike McCloud and his staff.  I can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2017. 

Sunset from Orange Beach Alabama

 

 




Food Fight Write Blogger Summit 2016

My bags are packed and I’m ready for Food Fight Write Blogger Summit 2016 held in Orange Beach, Alabama Nov. 6-9, 2016.

WFC 2016 Blogger Summit

Last years Food Fight Write Blogger Summit was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. I met some of the world’s leading food and lifestyle bloggers, Food Sport Champions, and made some very special memories with like-minded food enthusiasts.

MMA Creative treated us like royalty not to mention, I won the first ever Blogger Recipe Challenge. If this year’s Blogger Summit proves to be anything like last year, we are in for a real treat! 

Here’s just a snippet of our agenda for the World Food Championships Food Fight Write Blogger Summit 2016.

What makes the Blogger Summit truly unique is how bloggers are INTEGRATED into the World Food Championships experience.  Bloggers enjoy three jam packed days of field trips galore and food beyond belief; luxury accommodations… for FREE at the beach front!

Turquoise Place, delivered by Spectrum Resorts, is a premier resort destination on the beach in Orange Beach, Alabama, with luxurious amenities in a condominium-style setting. Condominium units offer spacious floor plans with floor-to-ceiling views and grand balconies, and the resort boasts a 450-foot-long heated lazy river, indoor and outdoor saltwater pools, saunas and many other attractions.

We’ll be treated to some fabulous cooking demonstrations, including an epic pyrotechnic ‘Brotorch Cooking’ demo from Hormel Chili and Chef, Eric Harland. Check out the awesome video HERE

Bloggers will prepare a sandwich recipe utilizing returning sponsor Saucy Mama  products and glean valuable tips from one of the UK’s finest food stylists and photographers, Michael Sewell, in a hands-on food styling session. I’m making a Orange Habanero Pesto Italiano Wrap. I can’t wait to see how much better my sandwich will look after a day of food styling tips and help from Michael. 

orange-habanero-italiono-wrap-1

Happy Egg’s  Jen Danby will be there to share about their mission to spread happiness, from the hens it cares for to the consumer who wants to buy more humanely produced products, and their unique commitment to clarity and honesty in the egg aisle during an insider session with their happy teams.

Bloggers will tour of one of Alabama’s finest purveyors of farmed raised oysters, Murder Point Oyster Farm, as well as,  Graham Shrimp Company, where we’ll and eat a delicious traditional Low Country Shrimp Boil.

Finally, last year Food Fight Write attendees competed as chef contestants. This year, bloggers will judge the opening round of the World Dessert Championship after becoming certified in WFC’s proprietary E.A.T. Scoring Methodology. 

That’s not all Mike McCloud and his team have planned for us, but a good representation of one of the Worlds finest Blogger conferences hosted by MMA Creative and #WorldFoodChampionships2016.

Be sure to follow At Home with Rebecka on Facebook for Live Facebook Updates and keep up to date on all the happenings!

World Food Championships Food Fight Write Blogger Summit 2016, here I come. 

Winners Saucy Mama Steak

2015 Food Fight Write Blogger Summit Group Photo and top Three Winners Saucy Mama Steak Challenge