I was lured by the promise of wedding cake.
A local radio station was broadcasting live from a Bridal Show, a perfect diversion for my afternoon walk.
A popular annual event that I knew from my days in the hospitality industry, it is held in the drab winter months to attract Spring brides and loved ones.
Mostly an event for women, there is the rare groom, bravely smiling, toting a bag full of business cards, brochures and raffle entry forms.
Outside, there are a few dads, smoking nervously, maybe serving as the designated driver. There is always a lot of wine.
Including an elaborate fashion show, vendors from all facets of the wedding industry are represented; event venues, hotels, DJ’s, honeymoon destinations, cosmetologists, spa treatments, tuxedo rentals, decorators, etc. A string quartet entertained in the lobby.
There are abundant caterers, offering samples of their signature dishes… crostini with artichoke cheese, puff pastry, pasta, quesadilla bites, guacamole, BBQ, mac and cheese with tomato soup shots, egg rolls, fresh fruit and veggie displays, cheese boards, wine tasting, a hot chocolate bar with condiment toppings.
But, oh, the wedding cake might be the highlight. I sampled half a dozen, or more.
Coming off of a 3 day stomach virus, I might have been overconfident.
I’ll be back to tea and toast today.