A Giveaway with an Agenda

So the countdown has started and there are just 19 sleeps left to FBI2012! I can’t believe it. As per usual I am totally snowed in under a deluge of work and tying up of loose ends, following up with sponsors and arranging for deliveries. Trying to match up html code for logos is one of my biggest headaches as I am hopeless in that department. So I am very grateful to those bearing with me at this stage. I need to begin profiling the exciting list of speakers and presenters for this years Indaba and a couple of other exciting things lined up as well…but that’s for another post.

If you haven’t yet booked now might be a good time to do so….there is a LOT to miss out on this year and ticket sales have gone incredibly well so far. There are only a limited number of spaces left. And just for added incentive…….because I can……I am going to be giving away one of the beautiful local cookbooks that have been donated and sponsored by Random House Struik again this year……all you have to do to stand a chance to win this book is to book a ticket today to attend the Indaba.

This is perfect timing for those who have been intending to book but haven’t got around to it yet! And believe me, there are some wonderful surprises coming your way if you HAVE booked….but as I mentioned before that is for another post…. 😉 There are a few more fabulous books waiting to be given away courtesy of

The Indaba is growing and growing like a toddler missioning towards teenhood and it has been so rewarding to be approached by new companies, and old faithfuls, showing a desire to become involved in the event. Their excitement has spurred me on this year, a particularly nasty year for me on a personal level, and it is very rewarding to see how it is all finally coming together.

To all those who have already booked and are waiting for confirmation and tickets, rest assured, I am working on that and you will get your tickets within the next week. I had an issue with one of the logos but that is now sorted and I am making out the new tickets as I write this. Those who already received tickets can discard them as they will be getting the revised ticket as well. I do apologize for that.

Here is the finalized Agenda/Program at last. A big thank you to Profumi D’ Italia who have stepped up and come on board as sponsors for the first time this year.

They will be presenting a Grappa and Food tasting workshop that sounds absolutely delightful….my taste buds got very excited when I read the proposed menu yesterday…..some very exciting and interesting pairings there to look forward to…

I just wish I could cut my brain out and let it sit in on the SEO workshop, leave my tastebuds and palate in the two wonderful pairings workshops, allow my eyeballs to sit and watch the styling and photography, my hands could do the cake decorating workshop and my ears could listen to the writing presentations. My feet could do the walking in between all the workshops to check up how it is all going….How happy I would be………



08h00 –  08h30 Registration, tea and coffee n/a
08h30  – 08h40 Welcome and introduction Paul Raphaely (NOMU)
08.40 –


A Word from Yuppiechef Paul Galatis (Yuppiechef)
08h45 –   09h15 Ethics, etiquette and why we blog Jeanne Horak-Druiff (Cooksister)
09h15  –          10h00 Web Design and Usability Ricky van der Walt


10h00  –     10h30 Monetising your blog Alida Ryder

(Simply Delicious)

10.30 –


Breathing space  Paul Raphaely
10h35 –   11h00 TEA  
11h00 –    11h30 Building your blog brand with social media Linda Harding

(Squashed Tomato)

11h30  –  12h00 Writing for the Web Carine Visagie

(Fresh Living)

12h00  –  12h30 Pinterest for bloggers John Gardner

(Fresh Living)

12h30 – 12h35 Instructions for workshops, introduction to lunch wines Paul Raphaely
12h35 – 13h30 LUNCH BUFFET  

WORKSHOPS – You may choose to attend ONE workshop from Group A  (before tea) and ONE workshop from Group B (after tea). Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis. Please fill in your workshop choices on the booking form in the space provided. Please note the Food Styling and Props workshop is already full!!

13h30 –   15h00 Food Writing workshop Sam Woulidge
13h30 –   15h00

WordPress and plug-ins Workshop Mark Forrester


13h30 –   15h00 Food Styling & Photography Workshop Sam Linsell (Drizzle & Dip) & Tasha Seccombe
13h30 –   15h00 Getting the most out of your camera – photography basics Jeanne Horak-Druiff (CookSister)
13h30 –   15h00 Writing and publishing a cookbook  & cooking dem Sarah Graham

(A Foodie Lives Here)

13h30 –   15h00 Cake Decorating Hands-On Workshop Grace Stevens

(Cupcakes by Design)15 max

15h00 –  15h30 TEA  
15h30 –      17h00 Basics of food styling and props Sam Linsell

(Drizzle and Dip)Fully booked

15h30 –  17h00 Photoshop, post processing and how to “read” a photograph Jeanne Horak-Druiff (CookSister) & Alida Ryder

(Simply Delicious)

15h30 –  17h00

Grappa and food pairing workshop Jacqui Thatcher &

Profumi D’ Italia

15h30 –  17h00 SEO and live Blog Audit Neil Pursey


15h30 –  17h00 Gorgeous Bubbly and canapé matching workshop Pieter “Bubbles” Ferreira (Graham Beck) & Garth Almazan(Steenberg)
17h00 –  17h30 Charity auction and prize draw  

Please note that all sessions and speakers are subject to change and the organisers reserve the right to do so, should the need arise

So in closing………..I thought this might inspire you to attend……….remember that shiny bright new thing I mentioned in a previous post? I have a few of those up my generous sleeve. All these sponsors have given awesome products to either give away, tuck into bulging goodie bags or auction off for the charity auction. Bargains awaiting, yes?? Make sure to bring your purses or wallets 🙂

I look forward very much to seeing you all there!



6 responses to “A Giveaway with an Agenda

  1. Im so excited. This will be the event of the year. Strongs Colleen. You’re going wake up on Monday the 25th and its going to feel like something is missing. xx

    • 🙂 Your enthusiasm spurs me on thank you tiggs! Looking forward. You are so right about that 25th thing. I will just have to start planning the next one then 😉 xx

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