#FBC Lebanon Roaming Workshop


FBC’s incredible fifth year celebrations in London might only just be over, but we’re not taking any time to catch our breath! No sooner had the tables and chairs been put away, before we were busy organising our first overseas pop-up.

With FBC Dubai already announced for October, we’re stopping off in Lebanon en-route. On Saturday 7th and Sunday September 8th, we’ll be hosting a one day Photography and Food Styling Workshop in Batroun, Lebanon tucked away at the charming Beit al Batroun  (with an outdoor pool if the kitchen gets too hot) where it couldn’t be a more beautiful and relaxing spot to meet other like-minded people, hone new skills and to enjoy the embracing local hospitality.

Flying out with the FBC London team will be talented food photographer Sarka Babicka, a veteran from the conference, and Leith’s food stylist Emily Jonzen , the duo behind founder Bethany Kehdy’s debut Middle Eastern cookbook, The Jewelled Kitchen selected as the Telegraph’s cookbook of the week offering an array of Middle Eastern recipes to photograph, shoot and taste on the day following a thirst quenching wine reception sponsored by Wines of Lebanon!

Additionally, the afternoon BBQ lunch includes a 961 draught beer presentation with no other than Mazen Hajjar, named the Hipster Brewmiester of Beirut by The New York Times.


Emily Jonzen is a London-based food stylist and cookery writer. Having trained at the prestigious Leiths School of Food and Wine, Emily has developed a relaxed, modern style with a fine attention to detail. She loves the creativity of styling for editorial shoots as well as the intricate care involved in packaging and commercial shoots. She also writes and develops recipes and food features for books and magazines and has been featured with Marks and Spencer, Telegraph Magazine and Food Network amongst many others.

A childhood spent divided between England and Singapore has influenced Emily’s eclectic style and she is inspired to write by the food she discovers on her travels – from the far-flung find to the local London deli.




Sarka Babicka (@sarkababicka) is a London based freelance food, lifestyle and travel photographer. She works with clients locally and internationally on a variety of assignments. Sarka’s approach produces natural, fresh, minimalist and compelling attributes to her photography work; creating high quality and original images for editorial and commercial clients. Sarka is revered for her deep understanding and respect for the crucial element behind every resonating photograph; light. Sarka has been coined a master of manipulating light and because of this her images are in a league of their own.

Having worked with Cuisinart, Kallo Foods and Duncan Baird amongst others her work has also been featured in countless international publications including Bon Appetit and The Times.





Bethany Kehdy (@Bethanykd) is a Lebanese-American food writer, presenter and author of the highly-anticipated The Jewelled Kitchen. A pioneer of today’s new Middle Eastern cuisine, Bethany’s work has been featured in numerous international publications including The Times, The Telegraph, CNN Travel, and countless others.
Bethany has appeared on several cookery shows in the UK, including the popular BBC Good Food Market Kitchen: Big Adventure and Perfect, and has cooked for and held live cooking demonstrations at Tawlet (Beirut) & L’atelier des Chefs (London) hosted by Wines of Lebanon. Bethany is also the founder of Taste Lebanon, Culinary Journeys as well as Food Blogger Connect, he world’s leading international food blogging conference.








In this multi-part session, Sarka and Emily will show you how to strengthen your distinctive style by integrating style and images more effectively. They’ll start the day with photo foundation work, including how they go about choosing props and styling a plate to simple shooting exercises to improve your command of lighting, camera angles, and depth of field choices. They’ll also focus on defining and expressing your voice, through the choice of props, color palettes, and image composition. You’ll engage in fun, non-intimidating hands-on propping, styling and shooting.



Saturday, 7th September (SOLD OUT)



9:45 AM Registration
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Photography & Styling Demonstration with Sarka Babicka and Emily Jonzen
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM Lunch with Q&A sponsores by 961 Beer
1:30 PM – 5:30 PM Hands On Photography & Styling Workshop with Sarka Babicka and Emily Jonzen
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM The Jewelled Kitchen Dinner hosted by Bethany Kehdy with Wines of Lebanon


Sunday, 8th September 



9:45 AM Registration
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Photography & Styling Demonstration with Sarka Babicka and Emily Jonzen
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM Lunch with Q&A sponsores by 961 Beer
1:30 PM – 5:30 PM Hands On Photography & Styling Workshop with Sarka Babicka and Emily Jonzen
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM The Jewelled Kitchen Dinner hosted by Bethany Kehdy with Wines of Lebanon


By FBC Shuttle Bus:
A van and driver will be provided (included in the price of the workshop) to bring guests to the venue. Pick up is at 8:30 am from Virgin Megastore.


$199 Lebanon Roaming Workshop including Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with refreshments (alcoholic and non-alcoholic)

Kindly email us at info@foodbloggerconnect.com or call Joslin 71 131 115 to secure your spot and pay in cash.

This limited edition hands-on workshop, on the back of our trailblazing London conference that’s grown and grown each year, is another exciting step in our aim of bringing together and connecting the food blogging community from around the world. FBC Lebanon will give you the opportunity to learn with the masters of their craft! It’s a wonderful opportunity to hone your art, you’ll come away both satiated and eager to put your new skills to the test. One things for sure, you’ll be bursting with ideas by the end!

The first of its kind in Lebanon, the event is open to bloggerspublisherseditorsphotographers or anyone else who is wanting to learn more about this art. But, with spaces limited, book now to guarantee your spot in the sun!

For any enquiries or sponsorship opportunities, please get in touch with us at info@foodbloggerconnect.com


Bethany will also be leading a Taste Lebanon ‘day jaunt’ tour.  If you’d like to join Bethany on a tour, following the workshop then please get in touch via info@tastelebanon.co.uk.  



Please note that the organisers reserve the right to change any of the talks or change their time-slots. All speakers confirmed apart from where stated otherwise. FBC tickets are transferable, please email the FBC team if ticket is to be transferred. FBC Tickets are non-refundable even in case of disaster, unforeseen or unavoidable events, not for resale or for giveaways.


13 Responses to #FBC Lebanon Roaming Workshop

  1. Yosef Safi Harb July 29, 2013 at 6:43 pm #

    This looks great. Any classes between 18 September and 15th of October in Lebanon?

  2. Anthony Rahayel August 14, 2013 at 5:30 am #

    Will be there for sure
    Find the pictures and review of the event location

  3. Anthony September 9, 2013 at 9:42 am #

    Thank you for this great day


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