Yesterday I finished my chocolates earlier than usual and had some time to get on the computer and do some internet-surfing. One thing led to another, and before I knew it, I was Googling “Fall Events” and “Harvest Festivals.” It was only June with three months to go before most of the local farmers’ markets started winding down, but I thought it’d be fun to try being one of those plan-ahead types. I wanted to look into possible venues to sell my chocolates come September and October.
To my dismay, what was supposed to be a relaxing hour of casual browsing turned into a mild heart attack. Apparently, the boat that was supposed to deliver me from farmers’ market season to Fall festivals season had set sail under cover of night. Most of the promising Fall events were either already booked or were still taking applications but tacking on late fees. I was left with no choice but to get on the Holiday Express. I’m not kidding, either.
I Googled “Christmas Festivals” and “Holiday Bazaars” and to my relief, the window for applying to these events without paying hefty late fees was still open. There were a lot of websites to look at, but one event in particular caught my attention—the Tacoma Holiday Food & Gift Festival. Held inside the Tacoma Dome, this event is touted as the Largest Holiday Show in the West. Interestingly, it takes place in late October, which puts it in the same time frame as the Fall events, but I’ll take it. I submitted an online form requesting more information.
Today I got this response: “Thank you for your interest in our 2017 Tacoma Holiday Food & Gift Festival. We had a wonderful, successful sold out show this past October and are looking forward to another great show in 2017! Your chocolates look mouthwatering and your flavors sound just as delicious!….”
I read on to see the vending fees and then my excitement crumbled. To make back the cost of a booth, I’d have to count on selling about a gazillion chocolates or sneak one of my kidneys onto my display table and hope for a taker among those shopping for handmade ornaments and knitted booties for dogs. I closed out the email and moved it to a folder labeled, “Bucket List.”
I don’t know what it was this morning that made me look at that email again…Oh, heck, I won’t lie, it was these precise words: Your chocolates look mouthwatering and your flavors sound just as delicious! I wanted to savor the nice compliment just one more time before going on with business as usual, and that’s when I realized that the Tacoma Holiday Food & Gift Festival is a whopping 4-day event. This was a game-changer. Suddenly the booth fee didn’t seem so outrageous. In fact, suddenly it was very reasonable. And suddenly I experienced another little heart attack, but it was a good sort of heart attack, as I started dreaming of chocolates and a white Christmas and the Largest Holiday Show in the West.