View of the mountains from downtown Juneau, Alaska
I have been attending the International Food Blogger Conference (IFBC) and other food blogging conferences over the last 10 years. I have been to some amazing cities over those years, New Orleans, Seattle, Miami, Portland and Sacramento. I’ve been pretty selfish and attended all of these conferences without the hubster, so I promised him that in 2019 no matter where IFBC was going to be held, he could tag along and we would spend some extra days. So, when the IFBC 2019 host was announced I muttered “Son a b*** he gets to go to Juneau Alaska”!
I reserved the hotel, made airline reservations through Alaska Airlines and excursions pre and post conference were made. After all that, the trip was put on the back burner that is, until the conference update emails started arriving and the excitement for Alaska started to build. We had added a couple of days at the end of the conference so I scoured the internet for other things to do in Juneau. Some of the excursions were gold panning and glacier canoeing.
After an early morning and long flight, we finally arrived in Juneau. It was exactly what I expected: mountains surrounding us, low flying clouds shrouding the mountaintops and cool and misty weather. Finally got our “taxi” a very nice driver but in a beat-up old Suburban it was perfect, it was so Alaska! After checking in we hit the ground running.
What a great view from your hotel room
Since I was there for the food, we quickly scouted the area for a good bite to eat. Fortunately for me, and article on the best places to eat in Juneau was in my bag. We chose the food truck Pucker Wilson’s.
First food truck meal in Juneau
Food truck Pucker Wilson’s
Great burger and fries to have for your first meal in Juneau
Time to walk it off. We walked around downtown for a bit. The lack of sleep was starting to catch up with me and a to end the day we grabbed the nice beer at Devils Club Brewing. It hit the spot. How lucky were we, a brewery and a gin distillery across from our hotel.
A brewery across the street, how convenient.
Food blogging conferences have great speakers and content and I have always learned something, but to be honest I am there to explore and eat my way through the city. Juneau did not disappoint. The sponsors are always and important aspect of conferences and without their sponsorship you could not have conferences like the International Food Bloggers Conference (IFBC).
From the welcome expo and excursions there were some fabulous sponsors from Alaskan Seafood, Travel Juneau, Alaska Brewing, to smaller but just as tasty, ice cream from Coppa, and candies of Chef Stef’s.
Best crabs ever! The iconic Tracy’s
Legs for days
Host of the Juneau Food Tours, Midgi Moore, Crab Bisque, Reindeer sausage, Halibut from Salt, kelp salsa, beer flight, fish taco, Hog wing and Pasty Anne the unofficial greeter of Juneau
First up was the food walking tour with Juneau Food Tours. Our fist stop Tracy’s Crab Shack, then to one the local shops for reindeer sausage and kelp salsa. KELP SALSA!!! Then up the hill to the food truck court for Deck Hand Dave’s for a fish taco, Halibut from Salt, Hog wings at McGivney’s Sports Bar, last stop was the Alaska Hotel for a flight of beer from Alaska Brewing.
One excursion down and the Alaska Brewery tour was next. More food and beer, please.
Alaska brewery tour was pretty good beer and snacks before the tour and beer after the tour. It was also interesting how the brewery is self-sustaining. Alaska Brewing was on major sponsors and the hubster did hang out at their table during the conference. Every time I took a break there he was laughing it up at their table. He was there so long one day that they generously gave him a swag bad filled with stickers, magnets, a reusable cup, and his favorite beer-Smokey Porter.
Beer before the tour
Small fermenting tanks
Alaskan Brewing is a fully self sustainable brewery
Samples after the tour
Welcome reception kicked off the conference. Yes there was food. Your wild caught salmon comes from Alaska and is it tasty? Yes. Travel Juneau put on quite a spread and what food blogging conference is complete without food. You should not leave hungry.