How was your experience?
If I had paid full price for my ticket, I would have been very unhappy. But since the price was right, I did not regret going this one time. I don't think I would go a second time, though. The program I received when I entered did not include a map of the exhibit hall layout, and event staff didn't know which end was up. The exhibitor I most wanted to see was a no-show. I asked one exhibitor whether his coffee was Fair Trade and he didn't know what that meant. I did sample some lovely teas. Except for the espresso, the coffees were all pretty wimpy. Someone should have told the participants to brew the coffee stronger for New York. They did send us home with samples and coupons, and even a single-serve Melitta coffee system. But the best exhibits at the Coffee and Tea Festival turned out to be Cabot Cheese and A Taste of Home (baked goods). I spent an hour and a half at this event.