Saturday, May 14, 2016

When bloggers get together - #ECMeetUp

This morning the first (of I'm sure many more) Eastern Cape Bloggers Meetup - #ECMeetUp - took place at The Boma on Sardinia Bay Road.  About 30 bloggers - including travel, mommy, fashion, lifestyle, girly stuff, guy stuff and hair & makeup bloggers and more - and journo's got together for lots of good company, informative talks, excellent food and just plain and simply getting to know people you only know online.  The event was organised by Eleanor Douglas-Meyers of Just Ella Bella and Luchae Willaims of My Spreadsheet Brain and featured talks by Megan Kelly Botha of By Megan Kelly and Dorette de Swardt who runs websites and social media for a print media house.  Mo-aasha Ismail of Mo Firefly Photography made sure everybody got a head and shoulders photo taken for them to use on their social media channels. 

What is a breakfast event without coffee? Mastertons Coffee to boot.

Not just did the name badges come in handy to identify everybody, but Elle and Lu put together a booklet with everybody attending's details and social media links. 

The breakfast spread put out by Sarah and Ralph, 
who isn't just the owners of The Boma but also blogs over at Chasing the Rainbow, was out of this world.

We started out with Canapes which wasn't just a can-of-peas like I initially thought.  It was anything but peas.

I'm not a drinker so don't do shots, but today I discovered shots I'm willing to do any time.  French toast and crispy bacon syrup shots. Ladies and Gentlemen... WE HAVE A WINNER!!!

Did I mention that the food looked so good that everybody stood taking photos of it and nearly forgot to actually eat?

After stuffing ourselves on what was not a can-of-peas, the main breakfast of individual Boma Breakfast Bakes came out.  Yum yum yummy yum.

In between the food talks on blogging and social media were done...

...Tweets were tweeted...

...and selfies taken.

Lots of selfies.  Plus bulging goody bags and lots and lots of prizes.  
Elle and Lu really set the bar high for a first event.  I can't wait for the next one.