I had a lot of fun this weekend- esp. since it was my first show. Of course, I went with Adagio, so I didn't have to worry about my expenses (yay for business trips). I learned a lot of stuff, met lots of cool people from other businesses, got lots of samples for lots of new, cool things, and got to hobnob and drink lots of different teas. I know my description is very vague, but it was also a very tiring weekend, and I saw this post last night (while waiting in ATL for my flight. which was delayed. @#$#$%@#$@) but couldn't muster enough concentration to reply back to it.
If you do get a chance to go, and can afford to, and are interested in getting into the tea industry, the WTE is very accessible- the tea industry itself is not a huge one, and is part of other larger industries (specialty beverage, gourmet foods, etc), and the demographic that is representative is more of the gourmet/gourmet tea industry (no lipton, tetley, etc etc, like the crazy big kids).
Next year it is back in Vegas. I didn't have too much of a problem in ATL, but I didn't go around as I liked, excpet for this one awesome teahouse. I walked through Centennial Park everyday on the way to the expo, and it was hot as hell. I couldn't even stand to have a cigarette in the middle of the day because it was so hot. ick. hehe.
Mary, could you perhaps go as press next year? I would suggest checking it out.