“I loved the all-inclusive registration, it was one of the most influential factors in my decision to attend EWR 2011. Being unfamiliar with DC, it was nice to not have to find a hotel, not have to worry about where I would eat, transportation, etc.” –Johnna Perry, 52 Donuts
“I LOVED the event last year and actually really did love the all-inclusive option. It made it easier to plan and was much less expensive. I also loved the fact that sharing rooms and having nearly everyone in the same hotel gave the entire event an even stronger feeling of community and bonding.” –Alejandra Ramos, Always Order Dessert
When it comes to your professional development, Eat, Write, Retreat offers the best bang for your buck. But don’t just take our word for it. Check out the chart below to see how this fabulous food conference stacks up against the others.
|Eat, Write, Retreat||BlogHer Food||IFBC||IACP|
|overall cost including hotel room||$749||$1224*||$927*||$1378*|
|number of days||Fri, Sat, Sun||Fri, Sat||Fri, Sat, Sun||Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat|
|hands-on culinary workshops||X|
|hands-on food styling workshop||X|
|hands-on photography workshop||X||X|
|hands-on writing workshop||X||X||X|
|One-on-one scheduled mentoring sessions||X||X|
|approximate number of attendees||100||500||300||1000+|
|programming style||every session available to every attendee||multiple sessions occurring simultaneously||every session available to every attendee||multiple sessions occurring simultaneously|
|on-site accommodations?||YES (included in registration)||YES
(at additional cost to registration fee)
|NO (transportation provided)||Multiple event locations|
*These totals were calculated using current and/or past pricing for hotel rooms in association with these events and are approximations. In addition, a three-night stay was factored in, as the events either start early on the first day, or end late on the last day, requiring an extra night’s accommodation.
Why do I have to share a room?
For a few reasons. First, it puts the “buddy system” to work for you. What better way to build community and take in the weekend than to share your room with a fellow food blogger? Second, it lowers the cost of staying in a world-class, luxury hotel in the heart of Washington, DC. In addition to being lavishly appointed, the rooms are equipped with free Wi-Fi internet and include breakfast each morning.
If you’re still not convinced, we offer single occupancy registration, which is priced on par with the other conferences. Take a look at the registration page of the Eat, Write, Retreat website and decide which is best for you!
Either way, join us in May and you’ll have the experience of a lifetime, coming away with new skills, lasting friendships and a clearer sense of how to grow as a food blogger.
But even the double occupancy rate is much more expensive than registration at the other conferences, right?
Actually, once you roll in all the added expenses that aren’t part of registration fees to the other conferences, you’ll find that Eat, Write, Retreat is less expensive and more loaded with useful workshops, networking and culinary events.
How can I find a sponsor to send me to Eat, Write, Retreat?
Great question! We hope to offer several sponsored scholarships to the conference and will announce those as they become available. We also wrote this post about how food bloggers can secure individual sponsorship to the event. Stay tuned for future newsletters as well as updates to the Eat, Write, Retreat website.