FBC2017 Ottawa - Canada's National Food Blogging Conference
Canada's national food blogging conference, FBC2017, is returning for its 5th year!
To celebrate, this year we're heading to our nation's capital, Ottawa, ON (October 20-22, 2017), to be on the doorstep of Canada's 150th birthday celebration.
FBC2017 will take place at the Delta Hotels Ottawa City Centre. It's a fun, intimate event for bloggers, brands and speakers alike. We focus on:
- providing professional development for our members and other interested bloggers
- an intimate atmosphere (we only have space for 150 people) to foster blogger to blogger and blogger to brand networking
- great food
FBC2017 sold out in record time this year but you can join the waiting list for tickets.
Read on for more information on our signature event and how you can be involved!
Keynote Speaker - Elizabeth Baird
We are thrilled to be welcoming former Canadian Living food editor, the author of multiple cookbooks, and member of the Order of Canada, Elizabeth Baird to FBC2017 as our keynote speaker.
Elizabeth Baird grew up in the 1950s, a time of optimism. After finishing high school in Stratford, Ontario she studied French at the University of Toronto, and then spent a year speaking French in Grenoble, France!
She went on to teach French in London England and Toronto. But an invitation to write a cookbook from publisher James Lorimer changed the course of her career and life. She had always been an enthusiastic cook, and the book, <em>Classic Canadian Cooking</em>, was her entry into the food world, and encouraged her to pursue two interests, the history of food in Canada, and cooking.
When the book came out in 1974, Elizabeth had the opportunity to write a weekly column, "Canadian Cookbook", in the Toronto Star. This was followed by the Sun, and opportunities to freelance for magazines such as City and Country Home, Homemakers and the new kid on the block, Canadian Living.
Freelance turned into a permanent position as food editor of Canadian Living, a job she enjoyed for 22 years. It opened doors - the opportunity of working with excellent test kitchen and editorial staff, to travel Canada, north, east and west, to meet the farmers, fishers, gardeners, hunters, ranchers who put food on our tables, and the home cooks and chefs who put it on our plates. She loves meeting Canadians who take pride in cooking well, and sharing with their friends, family and community.
Elizabeth is the author and editor of mulitiple cookbooks both on her own and with Canadian Living and most recently published a new Canadian classic, Canada's Favourite Recipes which she co-wrote with Rose Murray. It was published in 2014. In 2014, Elizabeth was also honoured by becoming a Member of the Order of Canada.
2017 Speaker Lineup
Our entire all Canadian speaker lineup, with bios and session information can be found on our speakers page.
FBC2017 wouldn't be possible without the generous support of our brand partners. If you're an attendee you'll want to make sure you get to know our 2017 sponsors and get ready for up front and personal networking!
If your brand is looking to form mutually beneficial and supportive relationships with some of Canada's outstanding food influencers and culinary talent, then FBC2017 in Ottawa is the place for you to be!
Sponsorship kits are now available. If you are interested in receiving a sponsorship kit, please contact Ethan Adeland, Managing Director of Marketing and Partnerships .
Speaking at FBC2017
We are currently accepting speaker submission applications for FBC2017 for both general sessions and smaller workshop sessions. There are also a very limited number of opportunities available to host a pre-conference workshop.
If you are interested in speaking at FBC2017, please download our FBC2017 Speaker Kit which contains all the information you need to put together your submission including information on our audience and the type of content we are interested in.
We strongly recommend that you familiarize yourself with the kit before submitting a session proposal - you must follow the submission guidelines to be considered. All submissions must be received by 5pm Pacific Time, April 21st 2017.
If you have any additional questions please don't hesitate to contact us at [email protected].