March 22nd weekend marked another annual GLBT Expo at the Jacob Javit Center with loads of entertainment, information, some food samples and what I heard was less booze. Personally I thought there were enough free samples to make the high. What was most humorous about it? There was a company sampling and selling a canned drink aimed at dealing with your hangover, while two tables down, a wine company.
Jello shots with vodka infused whipped cream came in several flavors at another booth from Temperance Distilling. One of the beer companies offered a full glass sample. Don’t worry though. Alcoholics Anonymous had a booth at the opposite end of the expo space.
The wine company is called TMRW. It could stand for “tomorrow” but it’s the acronym for The World’s Most Romantic Wine. I guess it looked better without the “world” in it. I don’t know if I would describe it as being “romantic” unless you throw in the atmosphere. The sampled wine is known as “ice wine”, a “more than” dessert wine. It is produced from grapes that have been frozen while still on the vine. The sugars and other dissolved solids do not freeze, but the water does, allowing a more concentrated grape must to be pressed from the frozen grapes, resulting in a smaller amount of more concentrated, very sweet wine. With ice wines, the freezing happens before the fermentation, not afterwards. www.theicewineExclsuive.com
There was a section devoted to same-sex weddings. Great idea since it’s now legal in New York. Russo’s on the Bay in Howard Beach took a booth. Their other venues included Vetro I noticed that they actually had a brochure picturing male couples. Some places tend to advertise their services just to get “gay money” but ask them for photos and they don’t have. Kudos to the Russo family for being supportive. www.vetronyc.com
Many exhibitors take advantage of the expo simply due to the space and amount of people that attend. I don’t blame them as it’s a chance to feature your product. For instance, a chocolate company called Chupon. They were featuring their spicy Mayan chocolate. Just enough “hot” to give it a bit of a kick. www.chuponchocolate.com
Lots of tourism offices or travel marketing companies to tempt your fantasies.
You might as well connect Ellen Degeneres to the expo by giving out samples of Halo cat food. I’ll let you know if either of my cats enjoys it.
Well…look who’s here! Fairway Market! They are sampling their EVOO and balsamic vinegar. Also, giving out their shopping bag and a t-shirt! I think they should have been in with the wedding group to brag about their catering!.
Oy vey, I’ve been on my feet too long. Time to go home.
Got this shot on the way.