Be a Better Food Blogger

Don’t you sometimes wish that all your beautiful pictures of tacos were being appreciated by a larger audience? Your taco shots, your mini restaurant reviews, all that hard, but fun, work you’ve been putting into your blog and for what? Thirty hits a day!

And you know most of those hits are coming from your family and friends. It’s time to step it up a notch and get those taco photos some worldwide love.

Just like all those great writers we talked about last week, you could join their ranks, you just need a little help is all. And, happily, help is on the way to Toronto this weekend.

TECHmunch, the traveling food blogger conference produced by Webby-honored food social network and cookbook app publishing platform, will make its Toronto debut on Sunday, July 22nd as part of the 15th Annual Hot & Spicy Food Festival at Harbourfront Centre. It will be held from 10:30 am to 5:00 pm at the Harbourfront Centre Studio Theater (235 Queens Quay West).

The conference, which was launched in Austin at SXSW (South by Southwest) in 2010, has been held in New York, Boston, Los Angeles and other major American cities. TECHmunch Toronto will be its first foray outside the U.S. The goal is to provide Toronto-area food bloggers with the tools they need to create great content, build a loyal audience and turn their passion into profit.

TECHmunch Toronto will feature panels and workshops on topics including:

  • “Story & Content: Multimedia storytelling through text, photographs and video”
  • “A Down and Dirty Discussion About SEO for Food Writing”
  • “Getting Noticed: How to Market and Publicize Your Blog”
  • “Working with Brands and Monetizing Your Blog”

Attendees will enjoy lunch (sponsored by’s Cookbook Cafe publishing platform) at the Hot & Spicy Food Festival, and wrap up the conference with a networking mixer.

Here is the full agenda and list of speakers.

“Our goal is to give Toronto food bloggers the ingredients they need to succeed and make blogging a deliciously rewarding experience,” said TECHmunch Producer and Founder Babette Pepaj. “Food bloggers shouldn’t have to travel far and spend a fortune to attend a conference all their own. We can’t wait to serve up TECHmunch with a style befitting our friends in Toronto.”

Tickets for TECHmunch Toronto may be purchased here. Food bloggers are invited to use a discount promo code when purchasing, the code covers all related fees charged by Harbourfront Centre. Use code “” in the promo code box (in upper right of screen) to get the discount. Price includes all panels, beverages, lunch at the Hot & Spicy Food Festival and cocktails at our networking mixer.

About TECHmunch

TECHmunch is a series of conferences held in cities across the U.S. to help food bloggers learn the hands-on skills they need to make their blogs more personally and professionally rewarding. TECHmunch was created by Founder Babette Pepaj, who serves as conference producer. Connect with TECHmunch on Facebook at and on Twitter via hashtag #TECHmunch.


BakeSpace was launched in 2006 as the Web’s first food social network and recipe swap. Described by USA Today as “the closest thing to a Facebook-like food site,” BakeSpace is a grassroots community for people who love to cook, bake and hang out in the kitchen. The site has been recognized by the Webby Awards for six consecutive years, earning back-to-back nominations in 2009 and 2010 for “Best Social Network.” In 2012, the Webbys and the IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals) also recognized’s new Cookbook Cafe publishing platform – the first do-it-yourself digital publishing tool that enables anyone to create, market and sell a cookbook as both a native iPad app and a web-based eBook. is based in Los Angeles.

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