Well, #CBM16 Blog Meet is well and truly over! We had an amazing time and the planning process has been an eye opener. There are so many things that I hadn’t thought about and thank goodness I had Martyn there to help me along the way – and talk the talk to some brands.
We started off with organising a special room rate at Holiday Inn Express Cambridge, which is part of the Atlas Hotels franchise who have a fab range of hotels across the UK. The hotel was recently refurbished and it looks amazing. The bed was comfortable, the room had plenty of space and there were enough hangers for an overnight stay. The shower was powerful and warm as was the hairdryer – and no annoying button that needs to be held down giving your thumb cramp. Breakfast was simple, and plenty good enough for what we needed; because breakfast is included in every rate it meant no waiting around, we could wander in to be seated and grab a space for everyone.
After meeting at the hotel we headed to the Cambridge BrewHouse where we had a talk about the beer that they brew in house and a tasting too. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I actually enjoyed it – I’m not really a beer drinker but it all went down well.
After the beer talk we did a quick session with the ladies at My Little Sous Chef – they told us all about their book and their brilliant concept of writing a recipe book for both adults and children. I’m really looking forward to it being published and will definitely be buying a copy. They then set us a little challenge, which was much harder than it looked – we had to make a fruit kebab skewer in the right order following the instructions in the quickest time possible. We were given both the kids and adults recipe cards and interestingly we all seemed to read through the adult card, then follow the pictures on the children’s card. The winner of the challenge was Chantal from Milk and Nappies, closely followed by Jade from Raising The Rings.
Once we were finished we headed to Wagamamas, I hadn’t been before so it was all completely new to me. I had the Chicken Teriyaki Donburi and R had the Wagamama Ramen, we also shared some chilli squid and pulled pork steamed gyoza (dumplings) which was all delicious. We also tried a bit of the chicken katsu curry from someone that hadn’t made it due to illness. After dinner we headed to Wetherspoons for some reasonably priced beer and ‘cocktails’. Then the old fogies of us went back to the hotel so that we could actually have a conversation which was great – getting to know bloggers is the reason we were there and we didn’t go to bed til at least 1am.
The morning after we met up for breakfast and talked some more. We hoped to go for lunch but everyone was just a bit too tired so we headed home.
Do I feel like I can go to another blog meet now?
Yes!! I even feel like I could turn up to BritMums BML16 conference and not be completely terrified. The aim of the blog meet was to let bloggers who are worried about bigger blog conferences a chance to meet others and give them a chance to feel comfortable being in a room with people who they have never met before and not feeling like they are alone. I now don’t really care if I’m a ‘proper’ blogger and I’m really tempted to go to BML16, I just need to figure a way to pay for it…
Would I do it again? Definitely! But I might give myself a little bit more time and organise myself a little better…