2015 Food and Wine Conference Recap #FWCON Food, Friends, Fun! #ad

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This post is part of my coverage as an Ambassador for the Food and Wine Conference. I was compensated for being an Ambassador. All opinions are my own.

How did you spend your summer vacation when it comes to food? Were you tourist, purist or homemade surest?

I was fortunate enough to attend The 2015 Food and Wine Conference in Orlando, held from July 17-19 at the beautiful Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel and Conference Center .

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choc shoe
This fabulous chocolate shoe was Rosen’s way of saying welcome. I felt like Cinderella when I saw it!
This was my third Food and Wine Conference. Each year gets better!

We kicked off the conference with a visit from David Martin and Good Day Orlando!
food good day orlando

Friday night was all about meeting, greeting, relaxing and having fun!
Dixie Crystals showed us how to make sugar scrubs! You would not believe how good the room smelled! Relaxing scents of rosemary and lemon, orange and vanilla and chocolate mint. If that wasn’t relaxing enough there were chair massage available!
sugar scrubs
sugar scrubs
More chocolate? Of course! What goes great with chocolate? How about a strawberry shortcake cocktail courtesy of The Florida Strawberry Growers Association! and St. Augustine Distillery .
strawberry cocktail
jammer and isabel
Then it time for a Taste of Rosen Shingle Creek!
I wanted to try a bite of everything!
taste of rosen
rosen sushi
Saturday morning came very quickly.
Inspiring Keynote speeches from Monica Bhide and Andrew Wilder.
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I was ready to learn how to improve my blog and business through lectures and sessions on topics such as social media, budgeting time, photography, publishing, SEO, WordPress and more.
We had delicious breaks with Cabot Cheese and Pacari chocolate.
cabot cow and me cabot samples pacari chocolate
More sessions and then time for lunch!
I got to try my first Poutine Bar courtesy of Idaho Potato , Wisconsin Cheese and Fields Auto Group photo booth.
cinn poutine fields photo props
krayl tr me fields
More sessions with our sponsors on working with brands, travel blogging and more.
Georgia Peaches showered us with delicious smoothies and peaches! Parkesdale Market brought those delicious strawberry cookies I love!
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Class was done for the day, time for fun, game show style!
The Price is Right hosted by Michele the Saucy Queen herself!
And a nice surprise from GiGi’s Cupcakes!
gigi cake
Our sponsors this year were the best! What’s so great about the Food and Wine Conference Sponsors? Their knowledgeable representatives are real people who are eager to help you understand their products. They’re not afraid to join in the fun!

The sponsors also make sure we have fun!
Dixie Crystals sponsored our dessert contest for the third year in a row, sugar scrubs, Saturday after dinner desserts and swag!
Fields Autp Group provided a BMW for our photo fun, Sunday shuttle service to Rosen College and prizes for our Price is Right Game!
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Of course there was unforgettable food…
…and wine.
Saturday’s dinner was incredible! Certified Angus Beef and Premier Beverage with the Hess Collection outdone themselves!
dinner salad
Dinner is also time for announcing the contest winners! I was lucky to be the runner up for Certified Angus Beef contest! I’ll receive a steak package and I was featured on GoRare.com! Look at this gorgeous grill set!
grill set
Then we got to do Karaoke Idaho Potato Style! So much fun!

Sunday sessions and lunch were held at Rosen Shingle Creek College of Hospitality .
The day was filled with breakout workshops and food demonstrations.
Sponsors tables lined the walls. This great set up allowed us to walk up and ask questions, introduce our blogs and learn more about their products and services.
I was proud to be a Food and Wine Conference Ambassador for The Beef Checkoff. Karli Millspaugh and Erin Weber gave us a very informative talk on today’s beef and nutrition.
beef presentation
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Chef Michael Ollier showed us tips for buying and cooking Certified Angus Beef.
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Sara O’Donnell and Jeff Houck showed us potatoes can be so much more than a side dish. How about potato candy?
jeff and sara
fwcon potato candy
Lunch was a fabulous chicken salad sponsored by Out of the Weeds featuring their carrot ginger dressing!
carrot ginger
chicken out of weed salad
Hess Collection Wine and Cabot Cheese pairing rocked the house!
cabot cheese coring
We also had a delicious ice cream break from Florida Dairy!
florida dairy
florida dairy
After more session it was time to say goodbye! I hope you enjoyed my recap and maybe we will meet next year at the 2016 Food and Wine Conference!

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17 Responses to 2015 Food and Wine Conference Recap #FWCON Food, Friends, Fun! #ad

  1. Tammy says:

    Those candies – although they were not identified – look like Norman Love. Am I correct? I live in California, but I always order Norman Love candies for my dinner parties.

    • Tammy all those chocolates were hand made by Chef David and his staff at Rosen including the shoe! Pacari chocolates from Ecuador brought us sample bars for our break but I didn’t post that picture.

  2. I love that you captured the beauty of the conference through your photos! Congrats on being runner up. That is so exciting and well deserved!

    Can’t wait for the Food and Wine Conference 2016!
    Betsy @ Desserts Required recently posted..Food and Wine Conference 2015 Wrap Up #FWConMy Profile

  3. Tammy says:

    Oh, I apologize. Although I did not receive directly your response to my question, I find that you did indeed respond to me.

    Since I received the 2 other answers and not mine, I presumed – incorrectly – that you had not responded to my comments.

    • Hi Tammy, I checked out Norman Love chocolates and it looks like they use the same kind of molds and edible overlays the Chef David uses. He told us he got his silicon molds through Amazon. The overlays are beautiful, aren’t they?

  4. Krayl Funch says:

    Cindy it is always so great to see you every year at the conference! Congrats on the recipe contest! Next year 1st place!!
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  5. Great recap Cindy. Always a pleasure seeing you as well. Your photos paints a 1000 words.

  6. It was wonderful getting to meet you Cindy! I love your picture of Rosen Shingle Creek. It really shows how impressively large and beautiful the hotel is!
    Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere recently posted..A Weekend of Food, Friends and Learning at #FWCon 2015My Profile

    • Sarah, you and Tim seemed to really be getting into the #Fwcon spirit! So nice to see you. I love Rosen Shingle Creek. This was my third visit and I still haven’t seen everything!

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  9. Apparently, I need to take more pictures when I’m there. You documented the weekend beautifully and it was great to see you again!
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