Did you ever plan a vacation based upon food? You know, choosing where you are going based on the culinary experiences available in the area? This September 20-22 Taste Trekkers will hold the nation’s first food tourism conference. Organized by Seth Resler, the founder of the social dining group Mystery Meet, the conference will take place in Providence, Rhode Island, and I’m so excited to possibly have the opportunity to attend with a few of my food blogging friends! The conference isn’t just open to food bloggers or professionals, anyone with an interest in good food can attend. It will start with a cocktail reception on Friday evening, followed on Saturday with a keynote address by Chef Matt Jennings of Farmstead. The events will then continue with a tasting pavilion featuring regional foods and wines, breakout sessions focusing on the cuisine’s of different regions, and group dinners. Then on Sunday a food truck circle, sampling the great food trucks in downtown Providence, finally ending with culinary walking tours. You can find more information on the schedule of events and tickets at http://tastetrekkers.com/.
I love this idea, because it’s more about the food than the blogging side of it. I mean I love blogging, and sharing recipes with all of you, but the real reason I’m doing this blog is the food experiences I get to have. This would be the first time I get to attend a “foodie” event like this, in part because of the location! Most of these events seem to take place in the West, or I only find out about them two days in advance in New York City :(.
There is a catch, though. This conference will only happen if they can raise the funds needed to do so. They are relying on a Kickstarter Campaign to receive backers for this great idea. Now before you think I’m here begging you for money, I’m not. I know times are tough for most people. What I would like you to do is help me spread the word about this campaign. Just share this link wherever you can, that’s all. Of course, if you can afford it I’m not opposed to finding backers, either ;). There are tons of people who would love to go to this event, and right now the cost isn’t that bad, but if they can’t get enough backers it won’t happen at all. There is a list of great things backers will receive including tickets to the events! All the information about supporting the conference can be found on the Kickstarter Project Page (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mysterymeet/taste-trekkers-food-tourism-conference/). I’m sure that if enough word gets out this conference will happen and then if I get to go I will be able to share this great experience with you all, including all of the great foods and wines I would sample and my first visit to Rhode Island ever! Of course, someone is going to have to talk my husband into letting me go…