Taste of MI {by the numbers}

I have E, she’s Baby #1.

I have the growing kiddo in my uterus, he’s Baby #2.

And then, there is Taste of MI: Baby #3.

Have you heard me talking about this at all? If not, you must not be following me on Twitter–because I may have mentioned it. Once or twice.

To really boil it down, Taste of MI is an event for food bloggers to showcase the fantastic food and beverage offerings of the beautiful state of Michigan. That’s where I live…if you haven’t caught on. If you want to read more about the area where our event will take place, make sure to read this great post.

It all started as a little idea of mine to get together with a few other Michigan bloggers for dinner or something. Now? Well…she’s a whole different creature now.

And I could. not. possibly. be. more. excited.

Here’s a little information about Taste of MI…by the numbers:

1 amazing co-founder: Liz of The Lemon Bowl

0: the number of times Liz & I have met in real life. This number changes tomorrow!!! Hooray!

20: the number of fantastic attendees that I cannot wait to meet

4: the number of bloggers coming in from out of state

3: the number of gourmet meals that will be shared

>50: the number of Michigan-made products in our seriously awesome swag bags

>$500: the estimated value of the swag each attendee will receive

 12: the number of Google documents I have made related to this event to help me stay organized (!)

$570: the approximate value of the KitchenAid stand mixer we are giving away.

6: the total number of giveaways taking place

7: the number of attendees that have been sponsored

1: MLive article written about us

1,000,000: approximate number of times I’ve read that article

5,895,48,985,189: the number of hours spent planning and organizing (approximate number)

$0: the amount of money Liz & I made while planning. Actually, that number is negative in reality but we won’t talk about that. We loved every minute of the planning–that’s what happens when you’re insanely excited about something.




So, what does this all mean to you? Well, first of all–if you’re a food blogger, we’d love to know if you’d be interested in attending a similar event in the future. Get in contact with us if you’re interested.

Second of all, we’d love for you to follow along with the fun. You can find us on Twitter, Facebook, or you can follow along with the event by following the hashtag #tasteofMI on Twitter.

I’ll be back some time in the future with a full update including photos, probably taken by others or using my phone because I’m sure I’ll be too busy to be messing with my DSLR.


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  1. Fun post Rachel! Really excited about Saturday!!!! I haven’t had a ladies day out in WAY too long. Baby showers don’t count :)

  2. You’re going to have such a fun weekend – I just wish MI was a bit closer to England!

  3. We are planning a trip to Traverse City next year so I can’t wait to hear and learn more about good eats from Taste of MI…Lake Michigan has SUCH a beautiful coastline and beaches…gosh those beaches!

  4. Can’t wait to see the pics and hear all about it! :) Have a wonderful time!!

  5. I am seriously so excited!!! You guys have done a great job planning – cant wait to finally meet you!!

  6. Thank you for all of your hard work!

  7. You girls are so amazing! I wish I could attend and meet everyone! Maybe next time :)

  8. Getting more excited by the hour…not sure I’ll be able to sleep on Friday night!! Thank you so much for all of your hard work :)

  9. Packing right now as we’re leaving on our long road journey tonight! Can’t wait for Saturday!!


  11. I can’t wait!!! Lunch with you and Liz will be SO WORTH waking up at 1am for :)

    • Ewwww….1 am?! Want me to meet you at the airport with coffee? It will probably be cold…but umm…minor details. What kind do you like? Actually I hope you’re already sleeping….

  12. I REALLY wish I could be there! I’ll be eating my daughter’s birthday cake thinking of you and how proud you must be of this! Next year for sure! There WILL be a next year right??

  13. How awesome! Y’all will have the best time!

  14. Yay!! Congrats on a successful event! I loved seeing pics over the weekend, looks like it was a great time. Now you can rest :)

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