Southwest Chocolate & Coffee Fest

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Southwest Chocolate & Coffee Fest

Time: March 23, 2013 at 10am to March 24, 2013 at 6pm
Location: Expo New Mexico State Fairgrounds
Street: 300 San Pedro Drive Northeast
City/Town: Albuquerque
Website or Map: http://www.chocolateandcoffee…
Phone: 505-510-1312
Event Type: festival
Organized By: Blue River Productions
Latest Activity: Mar 26, 2013

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The Southwest’s largest gathering of chocolatiers, Coffee Roasters, Tea Houses, Cake, Donut and Candy Makers, Wineries & more. There will be Cooking Demos, Baking Contests, Chocolate Eating Contests and a Barista Latte Art Contest as well as live music. For kids there will be free games, bounce houses and face painting!

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Comment by Crista on March 23, 2013 at 11:58pm

I went today and while the variety of sweets and coffee was delectable and fun... there was a distinct lack of REAL FOOD - such that 3 of 7 in our group left early to go find some real brunch. It was also disappointed that about half the vendors did not offer free samples. I don't think it's fair to the attendees who paid to get in, and especially to the vendors who do provide taste's that some of the other vendors don't provide tastes.  Also, the main building was too crowded - while there was a huge amount of unused space in the 2nd building. They could have re-arranged the vendor space to allow for wider aisles and better crowd management overall.

I hope the organizers take these comments to heart to improve the event next year.

Comment by Dean on March 26, 2013 at 6:12pm

Thank you Crista for the feedback. We do take all the comments and criticisms to heart so we can create a better experience in the future. 

I completely agree that the main room was too cramped. The addition of Room A, which was only half used, was added too late to move vendors from the main room over there. But I promise, it will not be that tight again and the space will be better utilized to prevent cramped aisles.

And I agree about the Real Food. We urged the Expo concessions to all open up but they were reluctant, as they were unaware of the attendees' needs. Again, next year there will be more Real Food available. 

And to your point about samples, here to we plan to implement policies to bring about more sampling from all the vendors. 

So, thank you for the comments - as I know there are many others who share your opinions. We know there is room for improvement - and expansion - and next year it will be better. 

Dean

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