This was my first time at this show and yes the rumours are true it is a great show to visit, the organisers had everything under control but then it is a well established and loved show so I expected no less. The Holiday Inn Austin North, next to the venue, where I stayed was wonderful and the staff were incredibly helpful with every aspect of my visit.
There was a good display of competition work with a very high standard in execution of the skills entered, with good prizes on offer as well. The trade stands at the show were well stocked and many of the popular names in the sugar crafting world were there, faces you would recognise from the teaching circuit as well as more than a couple of cake celebrities from the world of TV were present judging and teaching as well as just being on hand for friendly advise, hellos and selfies. On the whole the show had an atmosphere which was light hearted and friendly, just what I’m looking for in a show. In fact there was so much going on it was hard to keep track of it all.
If there was one downer to the whole wonderful weekend at the show, yes there is something to be aware of, the venue is approximately an hour from the airport and the hotel has no free shuttle so if you caught a cab it was approx $100 each way, I opted to organise myself the super shuttle which cost $31 each way and that doesn’t include the gratuity. If I had known before hand I would have arranged to arrive at the airport close to the time of others arriving and been able to share transportation, something to bear in mind if you’re coming to the show.
On the good side there’s plenty of entertainment both at the show and in Austin itself, so don’t plan to get much sleep.
Would I come again, a definite yes, my first show of the year and a great way to start off 2016.
A big thank you goes to Jennfier and Kyla as well as the whole team supporting the show, congratulations.