Yesterday I spent the first part of my day, when the babe was napping, trying out my camera for focus, sharpness and zoom (I wonder what she will think when she is older and finds all these test shots of her sleeping...creepy or loving?). Then I looked into new cameras and ogled photographs of DSLR cameras online, dreaming of one (I am going to start saving now for a camera for my birthday). My camera takes some mighty fine shots, but I had camera envy when my friend J-man whipped his long lens camera out and showed me his crisp, clear images.
Anywho, the rest of the day was stoked in anticipation for the first ever Solstice Sampling in UpTown Waterloo (Public Square). This year UpTown Waterloo decided to host a food sampling event with the aid of a bunch of restaurants in the local area. Needless to say I was right on that bandwagon, wondering why it took so many years for this to come about (remembering days of reading foodie blogs that kept mentioning sampling events and my mouth salivating with a need Waterloo was not filling). This day was a long time coming, and I was glad we went early, as it seems a lot of people were in the same mindset as me. The line formed at 7 and continued to grow, and didn't stop even after an hour of us being there (eventually they had to refuse admittance to non pre-ticket holders, and the event is three hours). I suppose the Waterloo community is bursting with food enthusiast, who also like to get out on a nice night. The main tent was packed and piping hot, the babe was fussy after half an hour, so we had to make our way to the outskirts near the trusty Water Wagon to cool down, all while watching line after line form for the different sample booths (as we stood the booze line went from non-existent to longest line there). I would say that for an event that cost only $5, price includes plate, glass and two sample tickets ($1/ticket extra), it was a HUGE success. As my friend J-man pointed out, they need to expand it along King Street, so there is a lot more room, and have more businesses involved. But as this was their first year, and they didn't know quite what they were in for, they handled everything very well and we had an amazing time. We will definitely be back for the Solstice Sampling next year (happy first day of summer everyone)!
Here's some of what we sampled:
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