Nov 09 2010
Tomorrow, my family and I will be traveling to King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. What for you ask? My most favorite event of the year - Wise Traditions, The Weston A. Price Foundations 11th Annual Conference. I am beyond excited! In fact, excited is an UNDERSTATEMENT! So, with passports in hand, we are packing up the kids and driving 9 (or so) hours. God bless my patient family for tolerating my desires. I was lucky enough to attend the event when it was held in San Francisco (Burlingame), California, 2 years ago. It was my first time attending a conference. I had to miss the conference last year in Chicago because the little one, was just too little to be without me all day for 4 days straight. I was so disappointed to miss it. But, what’s a mother to do? I had a much more important job that year. But, this year, that little one is old enough to have 4 fun-filled days with her dad, brother and sister while I am in seminars, eating the most fabulous food on earth, and mingling with the best real foodies! What are they going to do for 4 days in PA without me in November?
Why is this health conference noted for being the BEST one in the world? The speakers are incredible, the information is up-to-date, and the food is the best! It takes months to source this food. It comes from organic, biodynamic, and pasture-based farms. The entire time I was never hungry (because my belly was always full!) and everyone was walking around in a state of euphoria. Good fats and nutrient dense foods will do that to you. The people were amazing. It is so nice to talk to hundreds of people who are all speaking the same language! And the vendors! Oh, the vendors! This year, I am bringing more money with me. I love being a Canadian, but let’s face it, we are lacking in some areas. Some things just aren’t available here in Canada, and some vendors just don’t ship to Canada, and so I am planning on buying what I can’t here, and bringing it home with me. US Wellness Meats and Zukay Live Foods are two such examples. USWM makes awesome, grass-fed, organ meat sausages like liverwurst and headcheese that you cannot find here in Ontario. And Zukay makes awesome live, fermented, probiotic salsas, relishes, salad dressings, and kvasses! I’m definitely stocking up!
Here is a list of the seminars I am planning on attending:
FRIDAY – Holistic Cancer Therapy with Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez
SATURDAY – Nutrition and Mental Health with Nora Gedgaudas
SATURDAY NIGHT – awards banquet with keynote speaker Joel Salatin (the lunatic farmer!)
SUNDAY – Thyroid-Adrenal-Lyme Connection with Dr. Bruce Rind, Stress and Hormones with Anne Fischer Silva, Gentle Heavy Metals Detoxification with Dr. Kaayla Daniel (the Naughty Nutritionist!) and Preventing Cavities with Ramiel Nagel
MONDAY – Chapter Leader’s Training
Actually, there is more than one track going on at one time, so it makes it difficult to choose! The good news is that all of the seminars are being recorded and are all available for purchase (from the WAPF website) if you missed one, or aren’t able to make it. You can also go back and purchase previous years recordings.
Here is a post that Ann Marie (aka Cheeseslave) wrote about the 2008 conference. Scroll down to see a picture of me (5 months pregnant with my 3rd). I had just finished eating my first raw oyster, ever! – from Drakes Bay Farms, and I was so proud of myself! I had to run over and tell Ann Marie at her booth.
Click here for the menu at this years conference. Dare you not to drool! I’m not sure which meal I’m looking forward to the most. They all look so good. There is a great assortment of raw cheeses, liverwurst and sausages, lacto-fermented condiments, and let’s not forget all that yellow butter. Pasture-raised turkey, wild salmon, the soaked oatmeal breakfast bar, Sunday brunch and so much more. I should start saving room now! I’ll have to try to sneak something in my purse and bring it back to the hotel for the kids! Shhhh!
Another reason I’m really excited to go…many of my Real Food Media blogger friends will be attending. Some of them, like Jenny (The Nourished Kitchen), Kimberly Hartke (Hartke is Online!), Kelly (Kelly the Kitchen Kop) and Ann Marie (Cheeseslave) will even be speaking about the power of Social Media.
Are you doing anything this weekend? There is still time to sign up and attend. Click here to register. This year is promising to be their biggest and best so far!
I’ll see you when I get back, and I promise to blog about everything I learn!
Please pray for our safe travels and sanity while driving with 3 littles!