5 Tips to Get the Most Out of Your LA Cookie Con Experience

If you know me, I love sweets! And what better event for a sweet addict like me than a cookie convention?

A few weeks ago, I loaded my family and my Boozie Baker buddy Joyce into my mini-van and headed up to Los Angeles for the 2nd annual LA Cookie Con.

As we walked into the exhibit hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center, my eyes were as big as plates! I didn't know where to start! The first booth as soon as we walked in was the Farmer John booth with featured bacon infused sweets: bacon brownies and chocolate covered bacon - yummies!

There was so much to see and do, we spent two days at the convention!

My favorites at the convention include:

Interactive activities for the kids: the arts and crafts were a hit with my kids. They loved the cupcake decorating with Baby Bea's Baekshop the most, so much so they did it twice!

Tastes and bites of all things sweet:
I loved the ice cream from Humboldt Creamery and the ice cream cookie sandwiches from Paradise Fine Cookies and Ice Cream.

Sights of the Eyes:
There were so many displays of beautiful cakes, cupcakes, cake pops and more. We saw so many goodies tat were just too pretty to eat! Checkout these Star Wars inspired cake pops and this beautiful circus cake table display!

Just like any convention, there are crowds and lines. Here are some tips to make your experience at LA Cookie Con more enjoyable!

1) Bring a bottle of water. With all the ice cream, cookie, candy, and cake samples, you'll obviously get thirsty. Having a refillable bottle of water with you will keep you hydrated and cleanse your palate between sweet bites.

2) Take breaks. There are lots of areas to sit. Visit a few booths, grab your samples, and then sit and people watch or enjoy a few of the baking tutorials happening throughout the convention. 

3) Take advantage of the VIP tickets. VIP tickets allow for early entry and access to special VIP areas with more samples and swag, lounge seats, and less lines. VIP is totally worth it!

4) Take a backpack or a large bag, along with baggies and small plastic containers. I consider myself a big eater and I was overwhelmed with all the samples. I wished I brought some containers to save some of the bites to enjoy for later. The containers also keep our baked goods from getting squished in your bag. There are lots of flyers and product samples as well so bring a bag to enjoy all the swag.

5) Have patience. Get to the convention early on the first day to get your wristband. There will be a line.  A long line. Make friends with your fellow "sweeties" in line and share your love of all things sweet. There will also be lines for samples, lines to visit the vendors, lines to pretty much everything at the convention. The lines die down a bit as the day gets later. Be patient and have a positive attitude and you'll have a great time!

Overall, we had a wonderful time at the LA Cookie Con!  We look forward to attending against next year!

Follow http://www.lacookiecon.com/ for updates for the convention for 2016!

Disclaimer: My family and I received complimentary entry to the LA Cookie Con in exchange for this blog post and social media shares. All opinions are mine.