As a city resident, I enjoy travelling outside the city and visiting regional areas (as long as it involves food and wine). Over time I have become aware that being a food blogger is a city activity, and doing it in or about regional towns that have little online media presence has a particular effect.
My negative review of the Black Pudding deli in Echuca provoked an unexpected amount of criticism. I thought my comments were considered and supported by the evidence of my experience, but the degree of trolling suggested that locals don’t know how to cope when Melbourne food bloggers arrive in town and start flouncing about with their cameras and opinions.
The other extreme, when I write very positive reviews about restaurants in regional areas, is either relatively little response, such as my review of Oscar W’s in Echuca, or a grateful response due to the lack of information about a place, such as my review of Watermarc in Wangaratta. Often, reviews of places like Eclectic Tastes in Ballarat get no response at all.
I’d like to hear more about the experience of other Melbourne food bloggers visiting and reviewing places outside the city. I’d also like to hear from reviewers in regional areas (if there are any) about their perspective.