It was an interesting experience working as an event volunteer last weekend at the International Food Blogger Conference. I stuffed swag bags, alphabetized name badges, registered attendees, prepared platters of food, broke down literally hundreds of cardboard boxes and hauled trash. I even had a flashback to my college days as a barista when I spent two hours doing nothing other than brewing coffee.
The biggest perk of this job was that I got to eat some amazing food: lamp chops with a wasabi crust, mini beef bahn mi sandwiches by Lisa Dupar, steak tartare personally prepared and served by Daisley Gordon of Campagne, geoduck ceviche and all the Theo Chocolate I wanted.
I also got to see and hear from Morgan Spurlock of “Supersize Me,” fame, “Saveur” magazine editor-in-chief James Oseland and other famous food folk.
I’m volunteering for the International Food Blogger Conference that is taking place this weekend in Seattle, and yesterday my task was to break down the many cardboard boxes that held the loads of swag that will be handed out to conference attendees.
I saw a tweet that said last year’s goody bags weighed about 30 pounds. I couldn’t believe that until I had to move the bags for this year’s conference. I don’t think they’re 30 pounds, but they pretty hefty and definitely require some serious upper body strength.
Here’s a look inside:
Among other things, the goody bags include gadgets (microplaner, citrus reamer, round ice cube maker), food (salami, spices) and other random items ranging from a flower cupcake pan to a happy face spatula.