The Food Blog South conference launched in 2010 as a new take on an old medium. Food and media have gone hand in hand since storytelling began. From fish and loaves to wine-inspired tales, the two have always been intertwined. Shaun Chavis and Jason Horn, the conference founders, aimed to explore this intersection.
The conference focused on aspects of food media often left undiscussed, such as media ethics and how technology plays into the consumption of both food and media.
After four wonderful years, the Birmingham-based conference is joining forces with Southern Foodways Alliance, which will now direct the conference. Said conference will also be rebranded as the Food Media South “to better reflect the broader programming roster and reach that the SFA envisions,” according to a press release.
The conference will remain in Birmingham.
“When Shaun asked us if we would be willing to assume the operations for the event, we said yes for several reasons,” says SFA Director John T. Edge in a press release. “Shaun has been a part of the SFA family for nearly a decade. And we see great potential in the event. The SFA also recognizes a responsibility to the field of food media. As a nonprofit that publishes a quarterly journal, two book series, an iPhone app, and will soon debut a new and improved podcast, we’re deeply invested in the future of food media.”