The following items were found in the VIP areas:
Many vendors had their products on sale, perfect for Valentine's Day gifts!
Don't really know what Del Real was doing here, but hey the samples were great!
There was also a cake decorating contest!
This wasn't in the contest, I just thought it was really cute!
I even found some Disney characters!
In real life too! Do you recognize this cutie? She's Trinitee Stokes from "K.C. Undercover"! There were many YouTube personalities and Master Chef Junior contestants sitting on panels as well as workshops and demonstrations. Unfortunately I didn't get a chance to sit in on any, there were too many booths to visit!
I was grateful to meet up with my fellow blogger friends even if just to take a quick pic. It was getting crowded, not like Comic-Con crowded, but to the point I know some people left because they felt claustrophobic.
Some suggestions for next year!
- Keep the VIP areas, but add some belly bars for people to eat at! It is difficult to eat a cupcake and drink coffee when you're laden with swag bags.
- I LOVED the massages, but maybe add privacy panels. It's hard to drift off to a peaceful place when twenty people are in line staring at you waiting for their turn!
- Have water stations throughout the hall. Sweets require some liquids!
- Offer more variety of real meal food than the one convention vendor if possible. Sweet lovers are also probably foodies too! We can't live off sweets alone!
- This one I got from the lady I was chatting with in line before the convention opened. Food demonstrations needed mirrors above the cooking station so the audience can see technique and finished products.
- Limit how many tickets are sold. It was really crowded.
- As in most conventions, check in should really be done just once. I was in line with some people who were annoyed that they had to stand in line to check in again for the second day to get another bracelet. They at least got another swag bag filled with protein shake mixes, but see if that can be figured out.
- We loved the vendors that had samples in "to go" packaging! They made for quick pick up and we could save them for later!
Until next time LA Cookie Con!