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Oh the things you will see in beautiful Juneau Alaska! (like the Mendenhall Glacier)
When we first learned there was going to be a food bloggers conference in Alaska, we were more concerned with visiting Alaska than the conference itself-
to be honest.
We simply weren’t sure what to expect.
We don’t have an uber-famous website or huge following.
So we weren’t sure if we’d be wasting our time, or if the information would be helpful for us to grow and expand our business.
This international food bloggers conference exceeded our expectations!
We were welcomed by all and everyone was so generous with their knowledge and skills.
I attended sessions about strategies for increasing traffic as well as publishing your own books.
You know I’ll be following through with these things and I took a ton of notes!
In addition, we got to experience all the fun of Juneau thanks to the organization of some amazing excursions.
And there was such a nice balance of learning/conference time, and fun activities.
The opening reception was at the Alaska state museum‘s atrium.
Imagine a crowd of food bloggers surrounded by beer, wine, and too many generously portioned seafood samples to mention.
Then continue to imagine a glance outside of the large windows and you see the gorgeous green mountains and sunny blue sky.
(Juneau really came through for us with the weather!)
Not only were we able to network and connect with other writers but did I already mention that food?
Oh my gosh! This is not even an exaggeration, you’d be shocked.
The foods we sampled filled us up, were beautifully prepared and tasted amazing.
It was also super cool to have great chefs cooking for us on site!
For example, the owner of the Rookery, chef Beau Schooler was there cooking for us!
The Alaskan Brewing Company really knows how to throw a party.
If you make it to Juneau, go visit them!
They organized a very generous tasting of beer and foods fresh from the sea on a glacier, in a tent!
There were oysters, smoked black cod, and salmon roe.
Not only that, but they had several perfectly matched beers for us to sample.
I have to admit it was completely and totally awesome to hop on a Temsco helicopter, fly over the mountains and land on the Mendenhall glacier!
We awed at the crevasses, the brilliant blues, and crystal clear streams flowing near the tents.
The tents were already set up and they had beer sitting in glacier ice, chilling to perfection.
Now, I don’t drink beer, but we did listen to the reactions of our non-celiac peers and we’d venture to say, they found the beer to be quite spectacular.
There is no way we could speak about each of the food businesses we encountered or you’d be reading for an hour.
We’ve included a list and will use the blanket statement that everyone of them is top notch.
And since pictures are worth more than words, here you can see for yourselves how much fun you can have on one of these International food blogger conference trips.
Finally, here is a list of the local companies that helped sponsor our wonderful experience with the local cuisine:
Shikat Bay Oysters
Barnacle kelp pickle & everything kelp seasoning crostinis w/ goat cheese & chive blossoms
Barnacle kelp salsa & chips
Paired with Alaskan White
Zerelda’s Bistro – Chef Abby LaForce (Abby was also with us on the glacier, plating and serving these amazing dishes)
Paired with Alaskan Husky IPA
In Bocca al Lupo – Chef Beau Schooler
“Chips & Dip” – Taku River Reds salmon roe, ginger scallion dip, Ruffles
Paired with Alaskan Kölsch
Coppa – Chef Marc Wheeler
Malt ice cream made with Alpenrose Dairy & the malt used to brew Alaskan Amber, Alaskan Amber caramel sauce, finished with Alaska Pure alder smoked sea salt
Paired with Alaskan Amber
Are you ready to plan your own Juneau Alaska adventure?
If so, you can always contact traveljuneau.com for help with planning your stay.
Not only are these folks truly helpful and kind, they’re really invested in making sure you enjoy your visit.
And when you get to Juneau, please say hi from us at Lettucethrive.com!
Okay, so Now, will you be attending the IFBC20 trip?
The 2020 conference is going to be held in El Paso, TX and it will be in mid-November of 2020.
Let us know in the comments! We’d love to see you there.
With all that food, it was very hard for use to stay on track ,but with all the walking and hiking plus gluten free options, we were just fine. 🙂