Of the many surprising connections that have happened because I started this blog, and because of the proliferation of food blogs generally, one of the most unexpected is the one I'm announcing here, a connection with Club Med. Club Med has initiated a food blog camp, a week in January where I join several of my favorite bloggers to talk to them and to others about this odd, strangely compelling new medium. I'm eager to spend time with Steamy and Elise and David and the others and I'm eager to connect with others who publish work on blogs. Donna will be joining me to talk pix, along with the beloved Matt. Also, needless to say to anyone who Januaries in Cleveland, I'll be eager for blue skies and sandy beaches exactly then. To promote the week, Club Med is having a sweepstakes, a chance to win a free scholarship (air fare and accommodations for a week in Ixtapa, Mexico).
Simply enter by posting a comment here or on any of the participating blogger's sites or at the clubmedinsider post. (If you want to book now, go ahead, you'll be refunded if you win the sweepstakes.) Rules and regs are at that post or click below to keep reading and to comment here. Prices for the week in January are also included below. Hope to see you in Ixatapa!
Sweepstakes: Win a scholarship to the Food Blogger Camp.
The Winner will receive a seven-night trip including accommodation at Club Med Ixtapa Pacific, coach airfare from the Continental US and a scholarship to the Club Med Food Blogger Camp in Ixtapa Pacific valid for the dates January 9-16, 2010 only.
The Sweepstakes begins on Tuesday, September, 8 2009 and ends on Sunday, September 13, 2009 at 11:59 p.m. EST
Enter the contest by: 1) by making one comment under the Food Blogger Camp post on one or all of eight participating websites or by following http://twitter.com/clubmedinsider during the contest run dates. The more places you post, the more you increase your chances of winning. Only one comment per entrant per blog. Entrants who leave more than one comment per blog will be disqualified.
Participating websites are: clubmedinsider.com, davidlebovitz.com, steamykitchen.com, mattbites.com, whiteonricecouple.com, blog.ruhlman.com, diannej.com/blog.
Winner will be randomly drawn by Club Med from all eligible entries received on the participating websites and twitter on or around September 15, 2009.
The winner may bring a guest at the discounted price of a double occupancy room.
When outlining the contest please link to Food Blogger Camp Rules and Regulations (You must provide this link or post the regulations directly on your site.) (http://www.clubmedinsider.com/thoughts/view/93:food-blogger-camp-sweepstakes-rules-and-regulations)
The event is by food bloggers for food bloggers, hosted by Club Med.
Ten notable food bloggers, writers and photographers will offer daily instruction in their area of expertise. They are: David Lebovitz, Diane Cu, Todd Porter, Michael & Donna Ruhlman, Matt Armendariz, Adam Pearson, Dianne Jacob, Jaden Hair and Elise Bauer.
A different Food Blogger Camp instructor will be featured on www.clubmedinsider.com each week, beginning September 10, 2009.
The Food Blogger Camp will take place at Club Med Ixtapa Pacific, January 9-16
Participants can attend the seminar at their convenience—staying between 3 and 7 nights.
Each day, bloggers and food writers will lead workshops on how to improve blogging, photography and multimedia skills.
As extracurricular activities the bloggers will lead a walking tour of the colorful Zijuatanejo market, taste tacos and tequilas, visit the fisherman's market and talk with local farmers about their sustainable agriculture.
Club Med Ixtapa Pacific is located on the lush western coast of Mexico, 25 minutes from the Zihuatanejo airport. The resort recently underwent a $20 million renovation and spans 34 acres of pristine beachfront property. A premiere vacation spot for young families, Ixtapa Pacific is the only Club Med in Mexico to offer programs for infants as young as 4 months.
Discounted Food Blogger Camp pricing based for an all-inclusive stay (activities, food and beverages and a standard room with double occupancy) is:
3 nights - $599
4 nights - $699
5 nights - $799
6 nights - $899
7 nights - $999
Direct access to the booking page www.clubmed.us/blogger
Please use the login: blogger password: 160606 to qualify for the
Food Blogger Camp discount.
Any problems booking, call 1-888-WebClub