LA Cookie Con and Sweets Show 2016
The second LA Cookie Con and Sweets Show took place on February 6-7, 2016. Expanded to two days, and moved into the much larger Los Angeles Convention Center, the sophomore show mitigated many of the issues that plagued the first show, mainly incredibly long times to enter the Pasadena Convention Center, and overcrowding on the show floor itself.
The layout of the show and spacing of the booths were decent for the number of participants and attendees. Two VIP areas were set up, as were several modest demo stages beyond the main stage. This helped reduce bottlenecks. Some queuing issues were still present though, likely due to the unpredictability of certain participants’ popularity—who knew that the balloon animal booth, producing cute little balloon cupcakes and chef’s toques, would have one of the longest lines of the show?
The mix of demos and guests meant that there was something for everyone. My wife and I, being the Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans that we are, watched Sarah Michelle Geller talk on the main stage on Saturday about her company Foodstirs, while bloggers Tanaya and Nastassia from Tanaya’s Table and Let Me Eat Cake, respectively, demoed one of the kits. On Sunday, our kids were crazy-excited to be able to meet and get a picture with Rosanna Pansino of Nerdy Nummies, and listen to her talk at her panel.
Of course, the sweets were what most people were there for. My personal favorite of the show were Nutella-filled ponchiks (like a doughnut/beignet) from Papillon International Bakery. I did wish they had a few more participants serving savory food, and more beverage vendors with drink samples, or perhaps a water sponsor with free water. Paying $4 to the LA Convention Center concessions for a bottle of water felt wrong when surrounded by all-you-can-sample food.
All in all, the event was much more of a success compared to last year, and if they continue to improve, then the third time should be even even better!
Delicious nectarine chutney from Burkart. We buy Burkart's organic fruits at the SM Farmers Market whenever we can–working on a 25-lbs. bag of organic navel oranges for the past two weeks. @burkartorganics #nectarinechutney #nectarine #chutney #organic #burkartorganics #theoffalo — First day at LA Cookie Con. @lacookiecon #lacookiecon #losangeles #dtla