FBC Lebanon Photography & Styling Workshop Journal

The 7th of September saw Food Blogger Connect make its first foray abroad, with a photography and styling workshop in the beautiful Beit al Batroun guest house, a quaint and quiet Bed and Breakfast in the foothills above Batroun, a seaside village in Northern Lebanon.

FBC Lebanon Attendees

Beit el Batroun B&B

While security fears in Lebanon that week meant that FBC speaker and Leith’s food stylist Emily Jonzen had to return to the UK, the event soldiered on regardless with a roaring success. Sarka Barbicka, FBC’s resident photographer, was on hand to lead all the sessions, aided by a wonderful video made by Emily after leaving Beirut.

FBC Lebanon Sarka Styling

With attendees a mix of both those interested in the art, professional photographers, as well as chefs, stylists and bloggers, it was a melting pot of people from this small yet incredibly diverse Mediterranean country and the region as a whole.

FBC Lebanon Props

FBC Lebanon Workshop Styling

Yet, in spite of this diversity, everyone was linked by their love and passion of making wonderful food look truly beautiful, everyone gelling together as they learnt more about the basics of styling, shooting, lighting, moods, colours, props, angles, compositions, publication needs and more, before putting all they had been taught into practice through group exercises.

FBC Lebanon Workshop Attendees Styling

FBC Lebanon Team Styling

FBC Lebanon Workshop talk

However, as has come to be expected with FBC events, this wasn’t just about learning but about people coming together and making lasting friendships through shared interests while sampling the best food and drink each location has to offer.

Falafel Sandwiches

Qi Juices at FBC Lebanon

While Qi Juices offered their freshly squeezed juices as a deliciously healthy breakfast pick me up, the wonderful team from 961 Beer were in attendance with a beer demo from the region’s first microbrewery by Mazen himself!

961 Tasting

961 Beer Tasting at FBC Lebanon

Onwards, attendees had the chance to enter and win a visit with the bees thanks to Miel du LevantAnthony of No Garlic No Onion and  Hisham from Cooking in 5m2 were selected for the special trip!

FBC Lebanon Honey Giveaway

Later on, as the learning part of proceedings wound down and the real fun began, Bethany’s Jewelled Kitchen dinner was laid out for all to enjoy, with Wines of Lebanon making sure that no one went thirsty and showing just how good the wine in the country really is followed by a take on Bethany’s quark cheese cake substituted with labneh, a new hit!

Wines of Lebanon at FBC Lebanon

The Jewelled Kitchen Bethany Kehdy Workshop Dinner

With wonderful tuna, salmon and beef provided by Meat the Fish, Bethany’s job of creating a sumptuous feast to send everyone home happy and sated was made much easier!

The Jewelled Kitchen Feast

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And of course, in true FBC tradition no one went home empty handed, with guests weighed down by goodie bags almost bursting, packed full with unparalleled products including 961 beer, Bakalian flour mills, Ksara Wine, Get It Right (spatulas from NYC), Miel Du Levant, Awan Tea, Zejd Organic Olive Oil, and exclusive Oliviers & Co. olive oils!

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Goodie bag photos courtesy of cookin5m2.

Stay tuned for updates from the most recent FBC Dubai Writing & Photography Workshop and news of our upcoming workshops around the world.


3 Responses to FBC Lebanon Photography & Styling Workshop Journal

  1. mouna ghoussoub October 8, 2013 at 6:53 pm #

    What a delight to the senses:-)


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