I admit it. I’m actually a bit nervous. I spend most of my time at home — homeschooling three little ones, working on the Food Renegade site and related projects, and housekeeping. It suits me because I’m an introvert. I enjoy writing, emailing, blogging. I enjoy being with my family. I guess I’m a homebody. I’m the sort of person that goes to hear Joel Salatin speak, but I don’t introduce myself despite the fact that we’ve shared email exchanges and he’s written guest posts for me before.
So, what’s an introvert like me doing going to the 2011 Wise Traditions Conference in Dallas, TX next month? Why am I subjecting myself to a crowd of like-minded people? Rubbing shoulders with folks like Sally Fallon Morell, Mark McAffee, Dr. Mercola, and others? What was I thinking when I agreed to get up in front of an audience and actually speak in public about my experience blogging?
I’ll tell you what I was thinking. I was thinking “Boo-Yah!”
My excitement for this conference far outweighs my social discomforts.
The weekend will begin on Thursday night, November 10th, at the 2011 FundRAISER — a fundraising dinner, cook off, concert, and dance put on by the Farm To Consumer Legal Defense Fund. They describe it as an “Old Time Festive Texas Country Supper, Offal Appetizer Cook Off, Fiddle Concert, Dance and Much Much More…”
I grew up spending weekends with my grandfather as he went from small Texas town to small Texas town playing at local Lion’s Club dances, country jamborees, and other local festivities in a monthly circuit of homespun communal fun that defined the central Texas musical landscape. Fiddles and Two Stepping make me mildly nostalgic, and I can’t wait to re-live this little slice of my childhood on the dance floor at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Dallas.
Friday will see the first official conference activities and a host of speakers on simultaneous tracks that I expect to find it impossible to choose between. Good thing the conference will be recorded so that I can buy the DVDs and MP3s later!
That night, I’ll be on the Real Food Bloggers Panel. I don’t know what to expect from that, but if you’re around you should stop by and ask me a question about the wonders of social media for spreading our message.
Saturday is another full conference day — a whirlwind of speakers, exhibitor booths, samples of outstanding foods, and a to-die for lunch featuring the nutrient-rich foods I love.
The theme of this year’s conference is Mythbusters, and I’ve got to say that Saturday’s feature track looks unbelievably exciting to a nutrition geek like me:
- Introduction to the work of Weston A. Price, Sally Fallon Morell
- Fat Myths, Chris Masterjohn
- Salt Myths, Mortin Satin, PhD
- The China Study Myths, Denise Minger
- Industrial Sweeteners Myths, Russ Bianchi, PhD
Saturday night features a keynote address by Dr. Mercola. I am so NOT going to miss that!
Then Sunday is yet ANOTHER full day packed with ANOTHER array of hotshot speakers and foods.
Want to Attend?
You can customize your entire experience!
The exhibitor hall is open to the public, so you don’t have to register for the conference if you just want to walk around, meet people, and sample products.
Alternatively, you can register for just a day or for the whole weekend. You can buy meals, or not. You can enroll your kids in the children’s program and keep yourself free to attend the talks of your choice. You can go to just the fundraising events, or tack those on to your conference experience.
Find out more by going to the 2011 conference website. They’ve got a slew of information up including speaker bios, schedules, menus, and more.
Come meet me!
I may look like a deer caught in the headlights when you say hello to me, but I’ll still be happy to put a face to your internet name. After all, even introverts need to make friends. And who’d make better friends than like-minded nutrition nuts?