I am a huge fan of the PHP Unconference. Ever since the first edition the who-is-who of the national PHP community gathers at this family style event. Very few events made it into this league from the start. Having a big name or being a sponsor, however, does not mean you make it on the session table as its the people that vote for sessions every morning. Only topics that really matter to the audience have a chance to make it.
He talks about the quality of the sessions themselves as well as some of the conversations in the in-between times (longer breaks to help make them possible). He also mentions some of the "not so goods" about the event like the scarcity of tickets, the lack of feedback on the sessions and the high marks it took to even make it as a speaker at the event. He links to some of the sponsors for this year's event and puts a request out for help with next year's event