Announcing Food Blogger Camp & Free Trip Give-Away!

by Matt on September 9, 2009


I’m going to try not to use words like “Yipeeee!” and “wowwza!” to describe how excited I am about this. Some food bloggers, a few you may know, have teamed up with Club Med in Ixtapa, Mexico for the first ever Food Blog Camp.

This event in January includes Diane Cu and Todd Porter, Michael and Donna Ruhlman, me and my partner-in-crime Adam Pearson, Dianne Jacob, Jaden Hair, Elise Bauer and David Lebovitz.

Seminars include Food Writing With Your Senses, Best Blogging Practices, Building A Better Blog with Multimedia, From Blog To Book, and even Food Photography and Food Styling.  You can read more about them on the Club Med Insider site here.

In addition to the seminars there will also be some pretty nifty activities like a walking tour of the Zijuatanejo market, a visit to the fisherman’s market, as well as meet-and-greets with local farmers to talk about their sustainable agricultural practices. I’m pretty sure there will be some gorgeous sunsets thrown in there for good measure, too.

Hope to see you there! And make sure to check below to find out how to win a trip to the Food Blogger Camp!

To sign up, visit the Food Blog Camp booking page.

1. At the bottom of the page, click where it says Click Here to Book

2. Use Login: blogger, Password: 160606, to get the special ‘Food Blog Camp’ discount price of $599 to $999 US based on double-occupancy for this all-inclusive trip.

3. There will be a drop-down menu so choose ‘Ixtapa’, and type in the dates: January 9-16, and 7 days for length of stay. You can come for less days, or all of them. (3-day packages are $599.) The booking page will open showing the discounted price just underneath the regular price. (It will say “Best Available Offer: Food Blogger Camp”) A slightly-higher price may be shown if you’re basing your search on single-occupancy. The $999 US 7-day price is based on double-occupancy.

Other questions*? Call 1-888-WebClub

Win a Free Trip!

Club Med is giving away a place free to one participant. Included will be all seminars, room, meals, and beverages. Airfare from anywhere in the continental United States is included. To enter, all you need to do is to leave a comment here, and if you wish, at any of the websites of the other participants listed below, and/or by following Club Med Insider on Twitter.

The more sites that you post on, the more your chances are of winning. Although you can comment at each of the sites, only one comment per site. Entrants who make more than one comment per site will be disqualified.

(Please note that due to time differences, the various participants will be posting their entries at various times. Kindly be patient and when they do post, you’re welcome to leave a comment there to enter the contest.)

The contest begins now and ends on Sunday September 13, 2009 at 11:59 p.m EST (US). A winner will be drawn at random from the participating websites and the Twitter followers on or around September 15, 2009. Winner may bring a guest for the discounted price of a double occupancy room. Their airfare is not included.

This event is open to all food bloggers and the winning includes attendance at all the seminars. When you leave your comment, please leave a link to your blog in the URL.

Please read the contest rules before entering. If you do register and end up being the winner, your payment will be refunded.

For more information, check out the Food Blogger Camp website.

And please note that due to the number of entries I won’t be able to answer any questions personally about the contest. For booking or other questions, please call 1-888-WebClub

(and the photo above was taken earlier in the year in the Bahamas and isn’t representative of who will be in Mexico. Although it’s pretty darn close!)


Jackie September 9, 2009 at 9:47 pm

This sounds seriously fun. Here’s hoping I’ll be able to make it…

Bernadette September 9, 2009 at 10:03 pm

Would love to escape the Alaska winter for fun in the sun…………….

allison y. September 9, 2009 at 10:08 pm

yes please!

christa September 9, 2009 at 10:13 pm

What a wonderful opportunity!!! PS more food writing/photo will be posted on my blog soon…

Hayden September 9, 2009 at 10:24 pm

Food Bloggers + Sun + Beach = Fun!

Nicole September 9, 2009 at 10:27 pm

I am so excited about this!

weezermonkey September 9, 2009 at 10:40 pm

Me, me, me! Please. :)

TS September 9, 2009 at 10:41 pm

from the ClubMed rules web site:

The prize includes: [...] The winner must give a minimum of 45 days advance confirmation of travel, or the Winner will forfeit the prize. All travel must be completed by January 16, 2009 and…

Julia September 9, 2009 at 11:17 pm

That would be awesome! Pick me please!!

The Purple Foodie September 9, 2009 at 11:40 pm

Attending this would be so much fun!

Sanja September 10, 2009 at 12:04 am

It’s time to go to Mexico!

Kari September 10, 2009 at 12:16 am

Ohh, sounds fantastic!

Helen - Tartelette September 10, 2009 at 12:37 am

Now that’s the kind of camp I could easily never want to return from!! Thanks for the opportunity!

Renee Restivo September 10, 2009 at 12:47 am

thanks for your blog and this post. this is just what i need — a week filled w/ inspiring and talented mentors.

the food bloggers who are participating in this program are some of the BEST, and what could be better than meeting for such an exciting program at Club Med?

i am launching a blog about cooking in Sicily and Italian regional foods soon, and know this would be a once in a lifetime op!

un caro saluto,

jams September 10, 2009 at 1:15 am

The fun always happens in US, must move.

Maaret September 10, 2009 at 1:16 am

Ohh, wouldn’t it be cool to win the free trip! Count me in!

junglegirl September 10, 2009 at 1:45 am

Love to go, thanks!

Barbara: Art and Barb Live in Italy! September 10, 2009 at 2:10 am

Mexico in January with amazing cooks and amazing writers – perfect!

Rebecca Cole September 10, 2009 at 3:06 am

fun! thanks!

Mary September 10, 2009 at 3:15 am

Sounds like Blog Heaven..

Louise September 10, 2009 at 3:36 am

Here in Australia, the Tyranny of Distance means we are unable to share in your wonderful events most of the time. It would be so wonderful to win a place and bring the knowledge and the memories back here to the Antipodes to share with the wonderful people Down Under.

Lilian September 10, 2009 at 3:52 am

This is my chance to get away from the dreary Irish weather!

alana September 10, 2009 at 4:15 am

me! pick me!

Mary Bouron September 10, 2009 at 4:19 am

Oooh me me me! Pick me!

kate the bake September 10, 2009 at 4:36 am

what an opportunity! so much talent in one place and a great location too.

lia tumkus September 10, 2009 at 4:41 am


Fuji Mama September 10, 2009 at 5:09 am

I think “Yes please!” would be an understatement!

Margy September 10, 2009 at 5:12 am

Ooooh! I would love to do this!

Kerrin @ MyKugelhopf September 10, 2009 at 5:15 am

The photo on the Club Med Insider page says it all – that week is going to be insanely fun and exciting, a nonstop thrill. Also a fascinating education as well. Not to mention ridiculously delicious. How does one get THAT lucky – and win this thing ?!

GStone September 10, 2009 at 5:42 am

Eat your heart out.

Brittany September 10, 2009 at 5:49 am

Take me with you!!

Rachel September 10, 2009 at 5:54 am

This trip sounds fabulous! I hope I can join you.

carmen September 10, 2009 at 6:15 am

i would love to go!!

Eli September 10, 2009 at 6:26 am

This sound great. I’d love to win.

Carol, Simply...Gluten-free September 10, 2009 at 6:32 am

Wow! What a great opportunity with a fab group of people! Would love to join and add my two (gluten free) cents!

Vivian September 10, 2009 at 6:36 am

I wanna go!

Elizabeth September 10, 2009 at 6:53 am

Oh it would be such a privilege to be there with all of you!

emily September 10, 2009 at 6:54 am

This amateur food blogger would LOVE to go!

Amber September 10, 2009 at 6:56 am

As an amateur food blogger and fan of nice weather and beaches, I would love to come to this!

Beth @ 990square September 10, 2009 at 6:58 am

This would be fantastic!

Alessio Fangano September 10, 2009 at 6:59 am

That would be a superbly good reason for my first trip to the Americas!

Kimberly September 10, 2009 at 7:02 am

ooh, pick me! pick me!

Jackie September 10, 2009 at 7:02 am

this opportunity is uh.may.zing. if $ wasn’t an obstacle, i’d have booked it in a heartbeat.
thanks sooo much for the chance to win!
Devour this

The Cooking Bride September 10, 2009 at 7:04 am

Pick me! Pick me!

Bri September 10, 2009 at 7:04 am

I would love to go and learn about food styling and photography from you and Adam!!!

shahnaz September 10, 2009 at 7:07 am

Mexico. Food. Writing. Can it get better? Yes. Learning from the best food bloggers. I would so love to be there.

Danielle September 10, 2009 at 7:08 am

Wow! Very exciting!

Deena September 10, 2009 at 7:10 am

Want this so badly…

Kristina September 10, 2009 at 7:10 am

Like everyone else, I would so love the opportunity to do this and meet all of you!

Jen (Modern Beet) September 10, 2009 at 7:16 am

this sounds so fantastic!

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