20090216-southby.pngLooking through the panel offerings at the 2009 South By Southwest Interactive Festival, I've found a few food- and drink-related panels. South By Southwest Interactive, a series of festivals and conferences centering on digital media, takes place annually in March in Austin, Texas, a week before the more widely known SXSW Music Festival.

Nom Nom Nom: The Secrets of Successful Foodblogging

"What does it take to build a successful food blog? From niche single-food specific blogs like Cupcakes Take the Cake to broader blogs like Midtown Lunch, we'll share the secrets of making readers hungry for more and attracting press and advertisers. Free cupcakes."

Panelists: Zach Brooks (Midtown Lunch), Rachel Kramer Bussel (Cupcakes Take the Cake), Shauna Ahern (Gluten-Free Girl), Cathy Erway (Not Eating Out in New York), Kalyn Denny (Kalyn's Kitchen)

Room 18BCD
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Video Blogging: Turning Wine into Gold

"Gary Vaynerchuk will be discussing his knowledge and expertise about video blogging and self-branding in the ever-growing world of video blogging."

Panelists: Gary Vaynerchuk (Wine Library TV), Brad Stone (New York Times technology correspondent)

Room A
Sunday, March 15, 2009
5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Lessons in Local Tech: Sustainable Food 2.0

"Are you eating well? Accessing sustainable food is easier with mobile access to databases (Seafood Watch), delivery of hyper local foods (Spud.com), online links for farmers and buyers (Roots of Change), and maps of food grown in your neighborhood (Forage Oakland). Learn how shortcodes, custom social networks, and mashups are delicious. With snacks!"

Panelists: Rachel Weldinger (Common Knowledge), Humberto Kim (Monterey Bay Aquarium), Andrew MacRae (iamamacrae.com, Melanie Cheng (farmsreach.com, Jeff Patrick (Common Knowledge)

Room 10
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


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