After waiting for the initial line to die down… oh, wait. We didn’t wait in line. Some people thought they’d just go to the end of the line, two blocks away, and wait to be let into the show. My associates and I? We just weasled our way up in front and were among the first fifty people in there.
It’s a weird scene. There are serious people who attend this sort of event to network with other professionals and learn about new trade items. And then there are people who are there to party and get drunk on free samples. I took the high road and tried to learn as much as I possibly could in the short time that I was there. So I skipped over a lot of the booths. Like the one Malibu Rum set up and had fronted by this guy in the banana suit:
And of course there’s a lot of this business everywhere:
But there’s also a lot of good product tables, and I’m going to show you some of the best ones I found.