Rant: The Good Food and Wine Show

Rant: The Good Food and Wine Show

I think my luck has changed back into the green! I won tickets to the Good Food and Wine Show (GFWS) thanks to @CapeArgus and Lance Witten for the headsup on his Twitter account.

A few years back I attended the event, I know it was fun because I cannot remember much due to the countless tastings we glugged down. This year however, I did not have the same experience maybe because I’m not 23 anymore? Here are my hits and misses of the event:

HITS:

  • I got to meet Reza and take a picture, yes the Spice Prince of India! (I love his show).

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  • Got some real schmancy looking wine glasses for R 150.00 which is a steal – retails for R 300.00.

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  • Someone proposed on stage while J’Something was performing which was real sweet to watch.

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  • Found Jack Parow’s own hand crafted brandy – and it was surprisingly good.

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MISSES:

  • My ticket didn’t include a glass – ended up paying R 60.00, R 60.00! for one glass.

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  • The glass included 7 “tasting coupons which really didn’t matter; the exhibitors didn’t want them or know about them?

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  • The venue was packed, it was difficult to take pictures or walk around with a full glass of anything. This put us off from wanting to walk around or stand in line to try something new.

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  • Maybe it was the time of day but the exhibitors weren’t the friendliest – could be fatigue?
  • Big wine farms weren’t on show i.e. Webersburg, Backsberg etc.
  • The GFWS was the same weekend as The Wacky Wine Festival – WHY!

In the end it was an experience even though I feel a bit disappointed in the event. I tried some interesting pestos and chilli sauces, there were plenty of food options – but carrying around so many items and trying to find a place to sit down and eat would of been a nightmare. I believe in second chances so will try again next year!

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CTMeetup Event Experience

CTMeetup Event Experience

Having started my blog I follow a lot of bloggers and groups to gain knowledge on the blogging industry and how to make my blog better. I came across a post for the CTMeetup event for new bloggers organised by Cindy Alfino whose blog I often read – you should check it out.

I was a bit sceptical once the guest list was sent out as I thought “oh no I’m gonna be stuck with a room full of mommy bloggers eeek! I don’ t even have a kid or have plans to have a kid any time soon!

The day arrived, I did my hair, attempted makeup and luckily got Claud to drop me at the event in Kenilworth. Me; alone on the road would have been disaster – even with GPS.

Once I got to Chinos Coffee Shop there were quite a few bloggers already getting their necks and hands massaged, getting drinks and doing name tags.

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I was lost… but braved on, did my little name tag and proceeded to stand around. I then met Garyn, brave guy for being the only guy at the event he was quite cool. I also met Kim Muller – a mommy blogger from Kuilsriver (YAY to my home town!) and also Julie who was just as new to the experience as I was. It was fun to speak to bloggers and talk about blogger things and ask questions.

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I became less “lost” after getting some wine and having met new friends.  Even got my neck massaged by the Rain team! It was so good, really needed it. We got our seats and representatives of Rain day spa  and The Entertainer spoke to us a bit.

The Entertainer is a cool app with a lot of buy 1 get 1 free offerings so if you into eating out, hotels and lifestyle things I would definitely give them a read or even better download the app – you can save ALOT.

Abigail K was the main speaker and she provided good insight on how pictures affect your blog and also stressed that having an up to date picture on your “about” page is quite important (new “about” profile pic to follow soon :-/) She is giving us free access to her basic online photography course which I am super amped to try as I am struggling with my photo skills.

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The treats were delish, the company was good, but the best part was getting home and opening the goodie bag we all received. It contained SO many lovely things – mascara, lipstick from Revlon, spa vouchers, a Canal Walk voucher tooo much to even mention them all.

At the event I won a prize, yes I won!! A lovely voucher for a personalized chopping board – so appropriate from Secbands I was really chuffed and will show you guys what I decide to get engraved on mine. This is also an excellent gift idea!

The CTMeetup was ALOT of fun and I will definitely do it again, thanks Cindy and all the sponsors.