Kitchen.net has an active events section that is up to date with anything and everything food or foodie related. Be sure that if something is going down somewhere and there is food or drink involved, you’ll find it on Kitchen.net’s events page. But these events do not just magically appear – Meghan Opperman or @MegsMustGo as many know her on Twitter, is our wandering gypsy that knows all there is to know about everything that’s going on.
Meghan (23) is a photographer who loves perusing markets, festivals and any other event where she enjoys meeting other foodies and producers of all food related items. She has a vast knowledge of local farmers as well as artisan bakers, brewers, confectioners and any kind of craft you can think of.
We were lucky enough to catch up with her when she popped in at the office and had a quick few questions for her:
Who is Meghan Opperman?
I studied Photography for 3 years – it was a love, hate relationship but it ignited the spark and passion for food and food photography!
I also have this strange obsession with great whites and have been reading and collecting shark books since I can remember. Don’t be hating 🙂
What triggered the photographer in you?
Too be honest I have no idea!, when I was a toddler I remember asking my dad if I can look through his camera lens. We even have home videos of that scenario – probably why I remember it, haha.
What do you find so special about markets and food festivals?
Uhmm, FOOD! No, I’m joking. What I love most about food markets and food festivals is that it brings people together, especially those who love food. I love the variety of foods, products and flavours that food artisans come up with. Food is taking over the world…and I LOVE IT!
What was or is your favourite food festival?
This is a tricky one. My favourite food festival thus far has to be The Riebeek Olive Festival. The drive there itself is beautiful. The festival has a combination of everything from food trucks to olive tastings. I love how the whole town gets together and celebrates this festival and the residents are also super friendly.
What’s the best thing you’ve ever come across at one of these markets/festivals/events?
The Food Trucks – Such a fun and innovative idea for restaurants to promote themselves. I also enjoy the pop-up restaurants which are also newly being held at food festivals and markets.
If you had to give up your camera for something else, what would it be?
I’d probably want to do shark conservation. Tag sharks, take tourists out on shark trips, photograph and inform the public about them. But technically I’d still have my camera 🙂
If you could be anywhere in the world for one day, where would it be?
What’s the most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you while meandering the markets?
Actually this happened to me a few days back where I had to explain that I was part of the media for the event and that I wasn’t taking photographs to steal ideas. Do I look that suspicious? 😉
If you had to give one tip to an aspiring foodie photographer, what would it be?
Research other photographers’ in your field. See what’s out there and develop your own style through your work – it will make you unique to any other photographer…it takes time.
It’s clear this bounty hunter of foodie events is truly passionate about what she does and she will most probably never be caught without her camera! Even when lazying around at home, she has her smartphone camera on hand practicing a selfie.
Catch Meghan on twitter: @MegsMustGo and keep an eye on kitchen.net’s events page if you don’t want to miss out on anything. Meghan will weekly make a recommendation of the event she thinks is the one not to be missed and that you’ll find on her twitter feed as well as on kitchen.net’s homepage.