Today I wanted to share what I personally like about going to events and working as a family running the Adoboloco booth. It’s quite the experience and I always have fun doing it.
The part about waking up early, getting ready and then setting up is not the part that really appeals to me. Neither is breaking down any fun. But that’s just what you have to weed through to get to the good stuff. The fun really starts when you start interacting with the customers, buyers, owners or what have you. Telling them about the companies history and what really makes us who we are is awesome, otherwise we might never have gotten to do that. I love talking to people who really listen and want to know the story (and if you know me you know I like to talk).
Sampling is one of the best things ever. Its kind of like a game, you never know how people will really reacted. Some people will love it (most people) and we want to say that we really appreciate you. Others will not like it so much but don’t worry we appreciate you too. There is nothing like letting someone try your product, something you actually make and getting a favorable response from them. Watching there face light up or shrivel from the heat is priceless.
We recently attended the Good Food Mercantile in San Francisco. You had to stand for five hours straight and it rained the whole time we were there but who really cares. We met so many awesome people and businesses. Talking with them was a real treat. You get to share all your thoughts and in turn they tell you a little bit about who they are and what they’re all about. The other makers are also pretty cool. Going around, trying other peoples products, trading straight across is a lot of fun. If only we could do that all the time.
That’s why I like going to farmers markets, food shows and swap meets, to be involved with our fans and customers. I hope to see you soon at a future event.
Photo Credit: Scott Zalkind