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 14-15, 2018

Held amidst the beauty of the Wasatch Mountains, Tastemaker Conference takes place at the stunning Falls Event Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.


Amazing Sponsors

This two-day event features over 20 highly-sought after brands sponsoring and attending to specifically connect with food bloggers.


Valuable Workshops

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.

Meet The Team

Abbey Rodriguez

Abbey is the founder of Tastemaker Conference. Abbey’s recipe development and food photography work has been published in major industry publications such as The Huffington Post, eHow, and MSN, to name a few. When she is not making a mess in the kitchen, she can be found exploring the best spots to eat in the D.C. metropolitan area, where she lives with her husband and three boys.

Learn more about Abbey at The Butter Half.

Susie Bulloch

Susie is a Guinness World Record holding griller, a local Utah lifestyle television contributor, a KCBS certified BBQ judge, BBQ instructor, author, and . . . deep breath . . . mom to three awesome kiddos and wife to a CPA/side-hustling musician!

Learn more about Susie at Hey Grill Hey.

Erin Collins

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.

Desarae Fowler & Kadee Morrison

Desarae and Kadee are creators for Oh So Delicioso, a foodie and lifestyle blog where they believe in “real food for real life.” Oh So Delicioso has been featured in major magazine publications, The Food Network, and countless websites. They are recipe creators and photographers for many large corporations such as KitchenAid, Zwilling, Staub, Blendtec, and more. Desarae is the founder of Oh So Delicioso and is also a mom to four kids. Kadee is a mother to three busy boys. Both Des and Kadee reside in Southern California.

Learn more about Des and Kadee at Oh So Delicioso.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where and when is the event?

Tastemaker Conference will be held on Friday, September 14 and Saturday, September 15, 2018, at The Falls Event Center in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah.

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, and a closing party on Saturday night.

Will there be allergy-free foods available?

Of course! We will be providing amazing gluten-free, nut-free, and vegan food options.

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?

There are hotels and great Airbnb homes available nearby. Stay tuned for a hotel discount!

Is there parking available?

Yes, there is limited parking on the west side of the building and in the parking garage underneath.

When do tickets go on sale?

Ticket sales will start early 2018! Make sure you subscribe to our email list here to be the first to know when tickets are released.

How many people will be attending the conference?

There will be 250 like-minded food bloggers and influencers 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! Sponsored spots are limited, so please email [email protected] to receive our current sponsorship deck.

Which airport do I fly into?

Salt Lake City International Airport.

How do I get to the venue?

The venue is at The Falls Event Center in Trolley Square. The address is 580 S 600 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84102. We recommend you get a rental car or use Uber or Lyft.

I have a question that wasn’t answered! What’s your contact information?

Please reach out to [email protected] for any additional questions.



Danielle Liss

Danielle Liss is a lawyer at Hashtag Legal. Her practice focuses on helping influencers and online entrepreneurs protect their businesses. As former Chief Marketing Officer and General Counsel of an influencer network, Danielle has extensive experience in the influencer marketing space. Danielle and her business partner also host the Businessese Influencer Marketing Podcast.

Hashtag Legal

Jeff Hawley

On social media he’s known as HashtagJeff, but most people just refer to him as “That SEO Guy”. Working with bloggers is a fairly new adventure for Jeff. He has spent most of his career working with businesses and corporations to expand their reach through digital marketing. In early 2017 Jeff shifted his career path to work entirely with bloggers and their SEO. He speaks at conferences, holds group SEO clinics, works 1-on-1 with bloggers, and even has a membership course for those that want to learn at their own pace.


Jennifer Kurdyla

Jennifer Kurdyla is a book editor, vegan, and yoga instructor. She worked for six years as an editor at Alfred A. Knopf and joined The Experiment Publishing in July 2017, where she focused on editing plant-based cookbooks and other wellness nonfiction. She is the co-founder and Features Editor of PeacefulDumpling.com, a vegan lifestyle blog to which she contributes weekly articles and original recipes.

You can find out more about her reading, cooking, and yoga life at www.benourished.me

Kristie Hill

Kristie Hill is on a mission to help bloggers start and grow their online businesses. She knows that smart bloggers don’t leave their blog’s success up to chance, they make a plan. Kristie helps people DIY WordPress blogs and use tools like Pinterest to grow their online presence.


Lacey Baier

A Sweet Pea Chef reaches over 2 million viewers each month through the use of viral food videos. Lacey and her team produce high quality viral food videos related to clean eating and have used these videos, along with really honing in on their brand, to grow A Sweet Pea Chef exponentially. This growth has opened the door to attaining numerous sponsorships and partnerships. A Sweet Pea Chef is known for providing easy-to-follow, clever, and healthy new ways to enjoy the foods you love by using whole, clean ingredients and simple steps. Content from A Sweet Pea Chef has been featured on sites, such as The Huffington Post, FoxNews, BuzzFeed, Good Morning America, Food Blogger Pro, Tastemade, Wellpreneur, Tastemade, Internet Business Mastery, Fitness Magazine, and more.

A Sweet Pea Chef

Maggie Zhu

Maggie Zhu is the blogger behind Omnivore’s Cookbook, where she shares her enthusiasm for food via personal stories, reliable recipes, and beautiful photography combining her knowledge of Chinese cooking with her adventures living in the US. After moving from China to the US in 2015, she grew her blog into a full time business within two years, achieving half a million in monthly traffic. Her blog has been featured on Yahoo News as one of the seven Food Blogs You Should Be Following For Asian Cuisine.

Omnivore’s Cookbook

Rachel Farnsworth

Rachel Farnsworth is the CEO behind Farnsworth Media which owns The Stay At Home Chef and Social Gold Studios. Rachel has worked with nearly 100 Facebook pages to grow their audience through video content and then monetize that audience to drive traffic, affiliate sales, product sales, and more. In addition to helping others, Rachel has grown her own Facebook platform to reach an average of 100 million people per month. With over one thousand Facebook videos under her belt, and well over two billion views on her self-created content, Rachel has learned what it takes to succeed on Facebook.

The Stay At Home Chef

Shannan Monson

Shannan Monson is a registered dietitian nutritionist and founder and CEO of Nutrition Simply. As a former Division I athlete, wellness coach, and leader at a Google startup, Shannan has successfully created a career at the intersection of tech and wellness, where she now uses her expertise to teach a thriving community of over 13,000 women to build their own businesses. She spoke at Harvard’s Women In Business conference in 2016, and her work has been featured by Women’s Health, Athleta, and Pregnancy and Newborn Magazine.


Tiffany Han

Hand raiser and yes sayer, Tiffany Han is a creative coach and strategist for highly-creative women and host of the Raise Your Hand Say Yes podcast. The love child of Terry Gross and Don Draper, she crafts programs and resources that help female entrepreneurs define their work, speak their truths, and take bold, inspired action toward being more successful in their creative business and also having as much fun as possible. In her spare time (ha!), she starts as many dance parties as she can with her husband and twin daughters. Find out more at tiffanyhan.com and go behind the scenes on Instagram @thetiffanyhan


Brooke Lark

Brooke Lark hails from a 100-year old studio in the heart of Salt Lake City. A professional food photographer and videographer, she is the author of 10+ cookbooks, the creator of the 90-Minute Food Photography & Video Crash Courses, and the builder of one of the most active Food Photography communities on Facebook. When not playing with food or launching new businesses, she’s likely out with her witty teens, escaping to the canyons on mountain bike or chasing her vaguely naughty puppy around the neighborhood.

Follow Lark’s ongoing adventures at BrookeLark.com

Brooke Eliason

Brooke is a Salt Lake City native in search of the best restaurants across the country with her team of foodies. Loves salami on her pizza, chocolate covered cinnamon bears, and a really challenging hike! Life’s too short to eat bad food.


Shannon Sargent

Shannon is the author, recipe creator, and photographer behind whole-foodie blog Clean Eats & Treats. She believes whole foods should be enjoyed by the whole family, and is passionate about teaching others to love whole foods–one green veggie at a time. Shannon has been featured as one of Instagram’s top-ten foodie moms to follow, and her recipes have been featured by major brands, including Kroger, Simple Truth, Whole Foods, and many more. She is a mom to three miniature foodies and can be found enjoying the beautiful outdoors with her kids and husband when she’s not cooking up a storm in the kitchen.


Ashley Reeves

​Ashley Reeves is known as Ashley’s Fresh Fix. She is a mom of four small kids, a food blogger, and an entrepreneur who is juggling multiple online businesses. Ashley has been featured on Good Morning America, Nightline, Whole30, and more. She is a fresh foodie with a fun family, who are actively involved in her business. Ashley is a branding expert, a social media marketing coach, and loves helping others build their businesses. She has a dedicated online community of like-minded women following her journey of building better body images, and has successfully built her blog into a full-time job.


Amber Bracegirdle

​Amber is a co-founder of Mediavine Publisher Network, the world’s largest exclusive advertising network, and managing editor of FoodFanatic.com. She lives in South Texas with her Brit husband, James, and their two boys, Evan and Will. When she’s not wrangling the boys, she enjoys reading, swimming, and pimento cheese. Mediavine represents more than 2300 internet publishers in programmatic advertising.


Lisa Bryan

​Lisa Bryan is the founder of Downshiftology – a healthy food and lifestyle website. She’s a former corporate executive turned wellness lover after taming multiple autoimmune diseases with real food and positive lifestyle changes. She’s been featured in Elle, Fitness Magazine, Huffington Post and MindBodyGreen. With millions of readers and a highly engaged community, Lisa inspires her followers to chart an individualized path to wellness through her relatable content and videos.


Sarah Fennel

​Sarah Fennel is a professional food photographer and blogger at Broma Bakery. She turned her popular dessert blog and Instagram into a full-time career in less than three years. Her work has been featured on major industry publications such as The Huffington Post, Real Simple, Country Living, and Buzzfeed. In addition to working with well-known brands, she is a contributor for Food Gawker, Tastespotting, Honest Cooking, and POPSUGAR.


Charity Lighten

​Charity Lighten is a wife, mother of four, business owner, and lover of food! She grew up in Canada and received her degree in Accounting from Brigham Young University. Her real passion, however, is for nutrition and the power of food – especially as it pertains to disease prevention. Charity is certified as a nutritionist through Cornell University, is a Food for Life Instructor for the Cancer Project, and has her Masters Degree in Nutrition Science & Food Policy. She has been featured regularly on Fox13 and KUTV, and is one of the founders of Silver Fern Brand. She loves traveling, reading, and entertaining but is currently using her energy to help her husband fight stage 4 cancer.

She can be found on Instagram and Facebook @avibrantlife



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 Abbey to inquire about sponsoring Tastemaker Conference 2018 – Contact Abbey Here

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