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We have a lot to cover in this week's news so let's start off with FBC2013 - our first conference

FBC2013 Sponsor Update

We are very excited to announce that KitchenAid will be the Official Appliance Sponsor of FBC2013 and we have a lot of fun things planned with them around the conference!  The first announcement will be made on Thursday when we announce all the details for our ticket sales, which start THIS FRIDAY!!

We are also very happy to announce Blurb Books as a Gold Sponsor, Cookin' Greens as a Bronze Sponsor and Cuisipro as a Contributing Sponsor.  We have secured a tremendous group of sponsors for FBC2013 at Hockley Valley and we know they are as excited as we are to make sure you all have a great experience with us this April.

FBC2013 Ticket Sales

Did you get our very first FBC Monthly Newsletter this past week?  Be sure to check your email because it contains some important information on upcoming tickets sales.  We will be sending our newsletter out once a month (we don't want to inundate your mailboxes!) and it will contain updates on special members offers, prize winners and links to some of our most popular and informative posts.  As mentioned previously, tickets will be going on sale THIS FRIDAY!  Please tune in on Thursday when we will announce all the remaining details, including a few surprises to sweeten the deal!

FBC2013 Speaker Announcements

We will be making another speakers announcement tomorrow - this time to introduce our panel on Publishing.  Be sure to stop by and meet our newest speakers!

2012 Canadian Weblog Awards

Ninjamatics has announced their shortlist for the 2012 Canadian Weblog Awards and we're very pleased to offer up congratulations to a whole crew of FBC Members who made the shortlist:

RELATED:  Giveaway: Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake Days of Wine and Chocolate

Phew! If I missed anyone please let me know but y'all are some talented folks!  The final jury round will take place in the coming week with the top three in each category being announced on January 31st!

34th Annual Ontario Home Economics Association Conference

The Ontario Home Economics Assc would like to extend an invite to FBC members to attend their 34th Annual Conference on March 23 at the Chestnut Conference Centre in downtown Toronto.  For more information check out the speakers lineup.

Days of Wine & Chocolate Giveaway (Ontario Only)

We have a Members Only giveaway happening right now for a pair of Touring Passes for the Days of Wine and Chocolate in Niagara-on-the-Lake during February.  Be sure to check out what you need to do to enter. (Members Only so you must log-in!).  The contest closes this coming Sunday and we'll announce the winner in the news next Monday.

Restaurant Roundup

Our intrepid crew of restaurant reviewers have been out checking out that great Canadian staple... poutine... this past month.  Tune in on Wednesday to find out what the best poutine is in your city!  We guarantee it's going to make you hungry!

New Members

Lots of new members this week including our very first member from the Northwest Territories!

And we also have Roger Eats Like A Pig authored by Roger, who is currently in New York City but hails from Vancouver.  Big welcome to everyone.

And remember, if you have anything you’d like to share with your fellow members in the news, please let us know about it.  To have your submission appear in a Monday news post, the deadline is Friday at 5pm Pacific time.  You can send your submissions directly to Melissa.

As always,

Melissa, Mardi and Ethan

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