Tastemaker Conference is the food blogger conference for influencers and content creators
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About Tastemaker Conference
Tastemaker Conference is a place where food bloggers don’t just meet, they make. You will make contact with incredible vendors and foodies. You will make career goals attaining invaluable information on the business aspects of the industry. Most importantly, you will make lifelong connections in a community of creatives who want to influence the world with their gift for food.
September 24-25, 2020
Held in one of the top foodie destinations in the country, Tastemaker Conference takes place in Brooklyn, NY on Thursday, September 24 – Friday, September 25, 2020. There is also a community foodie excursion (additional cost) on Saturday, September 26.
This two-day event features over 20 highly-sought after brands sponsoring and attending to specifically connect with food bloggers.
You will have access to multiple classes and workshops taught by experts in the food blogging field, a sponsor exhibitor hall, and awesome networking opportunities. And let’s not forget the most important part: delicious food!
Whether you consider yourself kid chef level or the real Martha Stewart (please stand up), Tastemaker Conference is for all levels of experience to socialize with a community of makers, dreamers, and influencers in this impactful and memorable two-day event.
“I’ve been fortunate to speak at over one hundred conferences and Tastemaker Conference is easily in my top five! Not only was the venue, the programming, and the organization top-notch, but attendees were engaged and clearly came to learn. From the quality of the speakers, to the detailed level of presentations and the incredible networking and foodie excursions, I would recommend going without hesitation!”
“The Tastemaker Conference is a dream come true for food bloggers who want to take networking as well as their businesses to the next level. The team has done such an incredible job of infusing the entire experience with a sense of community and lifting each other up. This spirit shines through in the quality of educators and sponsors that show up at the event every year to impart a ton of value and knowledge with foodie influencers.”
“Tillamook is dedicated to connecting food lovers to better made food, so being the Presenting Title Sponsor at this year’s Tastemaker Conference was the perfect opportunity. We loved meeting future partners and learning from some of the best in the business, and look forward to what New York brings next year!”
Tastemaker Conference is the place to meet and make connections. We offer unique experiential marketing opportunities for food, tech, and houseware companies, who are looking to network and partner with influential food bloggers and content creators. Please contact Chandice to inquire about sponsoring Tastemaker Conference 2019 – Contact Chandice Here
Meet The Team
Abbey Rodriguez is the founder of Tastemaker Conference, and The Butter Half, a food blog that combines gluten-free recipes, herbal cooking, and holistic nutrition and wellness education for the whole family. After three years of growing her community online, she was inspired to create a real-life community where other creators could come together. Tastemaker Conference was born in 2017 out of this mission to empower bloggers and influencers to build sustainable businesses and relationships through food.
Abbey has worked with dozens of brands and organizations, providing recipe development, food photography, and influencer marketing consulting. She has also been published in The Huffington Post, eHow, and Shape Magazine, to name a few. A graduate of the Green Comfort School of Herbal Medicine, Abbey is a certified herbalist and holistic nutritionist, and is the coauthor of a forthcoming cookbook on herbal wellness with Jennifer Kurdyla.
Abbey resides in the D.C. metropolitan area, with her husband and three boys.
Chandice Probst is the bubbly personality behind This Vivacious Life. She is a food and entertaining blogger and the co-author of Gluten-Free on a Budget. Chandice’s work has been featured in print and online industry publications, most notably Mingle Magazine, Women’s World, and Kara’s Party Ideas. As someone with celiac disease and a degree in health science, she has led the charge in hosting celiac awareness nights with MLB and NBA teams around the nation raising money for research. While she loves to cook and entertain, Chandice loves being a wife and mother most.
Learn more about Chandice at This Vivacious Life.
Leslie Jackson is the Operations Manager at Tastemaker Conference. With over 5 years experience in planning and organizing dozens of community, corporate and influencer events. In 2018, she successfully managed a campaign for a seat in the Utah House of Representatives. She’s happily married to her husband of 10 years and a mom to three. During her free time she enjoys cooking and experimenting with new flavors in the kitchen.
Madi is the Social Media Manager for Tastemaker Conference. She’s a social media maven and loves to build brands up through a great social media presence.
Madi attendee Utah Valley University and got her Bachelor’s degree in Communications with an emphasis in Broadcast Journalism. During college she interned on a local morning show, Good Things Utah. After college she decided to take a different career path than what she originally planned and was a clerk in the Juvenile Court. She loved seeing how the justice system can help troubled youth and children in need.
Madi is obsessed with food, good TV, Her husband, and most of all, her baby Indy. You can follow Madi on Instagram, @madichris_
Learn more about Susie at Hey Grill Hey.
Erin is the author and photographer behind the blog Meaningful Eats. Erin is passionate about creating and sharing healthy, family-friendly gluten-free recipes. Erin holds a bachelor’s degree in food science from BYU and a master’s degree in nutrition from University of Utah. She resides in in Raleigh, North Carolina with her husband and three children.
Learn more about Erin at Meaningful Eats.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where and when is the event?
Tastemaker Conference 2020 will be held on Thursday, September 24 and Friday, September 25, 2020, with an additional option for an exclusive exursion on Saturday, September 26. It will be at 501 Union and The Green Building in Brooklyn, NY.
What is the return policy?
Tickets are non-refundable, however they are transferable up to 30 days before the event.
What does a general admission ticket include?
Your general admission ticket includes entrance to our two-day conference. You will get the choice of attending up to eight different workshops and classes, access to panels led by food influencer experts, a swag bag worth over $200, and access to our sponsor exhibitor hall, where you will make connections with brands who want to work with YOU. There will also be breakfast, lunch, and snacks served both days.
Will there be allergy-free foods available?
Of course! We will be providing amazing gluten-free, nut-free, and vegan food options, as well as any other accommodations requested.
I’d love to speak at the conference!
Our submissions are limited, but we would love to hear your ideas! Please email your pitch to [email protected]
Where do I stay?
Our hotel room block is at Fairfield Inn & Suites New York Brooklyn, just 4 blocks away from the venue. Limited rooms available, click here to book at a discounted rate. Please keep in mind that room rates are more expensive this year due to the NYC location. We also recommend VRBO or Airbnb.
Is there parking available?
Street parking is available in the neighborhood but VERY limited (it is NYC). We also recommend walking, ride sharing, taxi, or public transportation to get to the venue.
When do tickets go on sale?
On sale now! Click here to register.
How many people will be attending the conference?
There will be 250 like-minded food bloggers, influencers, and brands attending. A great place to network and make new foodie friends!
I’m interested in sponsoring the event. Whom should I contact?
We would absolutely love to work with you and offer affordable and unique marketing opportunities! Please email [email protected] to receive our current sponsorship deck.
Which airport do I fly into?
John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) or LaGuardia Airport (LGA)
How do I get to the venue?
The venue is at 501 Union in Brooklyn, NY. The address is 501 Union St. Brooklyn, NY 11215. We recommend you walk, use public transportation, taxi, or ride share.
I have a question that wasn’t answered! What’s your contact information?
Please reach out to [email protected] for any additional questions.
Casey Markee is the Founder of San Diego-based consultancy Media Wyse and the on-staff SEO Expert for Food Blogger Pro. Casey has over 20 years’ experience in the field of SEO, has trained digital marketing teams on five different continents, and has done some of the most popular webinars for SEM Rush ever recorded. A noted speaker with credits including Onward by Yext, Pubcon, Everything Food Conference, SMX Advanced, State of Search, and more, Casey has worked with hundreds of food & lifestyle bloggers and has taken sites from less than 20,000 sessions a month to over 5+ million! He also believes bacon should be its own food group.
Kate Ahl is the owner of Simple Pin Media, a Pinterest management agency. They have worked with over 500 Pinterest accounts curating the best Pinterest marketing plan for their clients. She also hosts the Simple Pin Podcast helping listening DIY their Pinterest marketing without feeling overwhelmed.
Karli Bitner is a recipe developer, professional food photographer & content creator for her blog, Cooking with Karli. She managed to turn her brand new blog from literally nothing to a generous full-time income in within 8 months of purchasing her domain name. Now over two years into the game, Karli has mastered the art of batch working, scheduling and taking time off. She appears regularly on local morning shows and has been featured in Country Living, The Kitchn, Delish, just to name a few. Karli has excelled with the support of her rockstar husband and 3 kiddos. When not busy in the kitchen or behind her laptop, Karli will most likely be found taking a bubble bath while watching a RomCom.
As the Marketing Manager of Mediavine, Jenny Guy loves using her past experience as the head of influencer and affiliate marketing for a brand as well as her MFA in Acting and college teaching experience to represent the Mediavine brand she adores. From hosting Facebook Lives and her conference speaking engagements to creating brand content and managing the Mediavine blog, Jenny is passionate about all things Mediavine and marketing. When not behind a laptop, you can find Jenny spending time with family, cooking and running an Equity theatre company.
She’s obsessed with editing in Lightroom and Photoshop and is a go-to resource in her niche for how to edit Lightroom.
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Emily Perron helps bloggers and creative entrepreneurs expand and improve their teams with talented freelancers who care about you and your business.
She has developed a strategic hiring process that’s allowed her to find dozens of knock-out freelancers on behalf of her clients, as well as within her own business, and is passionate about aligning the right person with the right role.
Emily has a Master’s Degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology and Bachelor’s Degrees in Psychology and English.
Her professional background includes working in marketing, coaching and organizational consulting. In other words, she really understands people.
And her zone of genius is connecting on a fundamental level to understand their values and empower them to reach for interesting and ambitious opportunities.
When she’s not working, you can find Emily traveling or enjoying the outdoors of the Upper Midwest—hiking, snowshoeing, paddleboarding and swimming—with her husband and their energetic Labrador retriever.
Karen is a retired Chiropractor who has been blogging since 2008 on various topics like eco-
friendly living, DIY for non-toxic formulas, and health food. She co-founded a green blogger
network to connect bloggers and brands for content marketing. Unfortunately, she had to
close the company in 2016 when her children were diagnosed with food related multiple
health challenges, and they needed her attention. She rebranded her blog to share her
knowledge on using food as medicine, and real food recipes, specifically for food allergies,
Eczema, and other autoimmune diseases. The blog became popular, but she wanted to
reach even a wider audience by publishing a cookbook. In less than 3 years, she published
3 popular cookbooks on Paleo and Keto diet styles using convenient kitchen appliances like
Instant Pot and air fryer. When she’s not developing recipes, she loves spending time with
her family and spoiling family’s rescued puppy.