|Friday, 12 December 2008 20:16|
I see in the newspaper that Festival Noel was said to be a huge success -- maybe that's because they made so much money by not buying much wine. The red wine ran out a little after 8 pm - only one hour after the gate opened. The white [wine] was all gone by 8:30. The food was not a patch on last year and if you didn't get in line as soon as you got there you got none of that either.
Festival Noel has had a history of being such a great event -- a laid back evening where you can wind your way between good friends, amazing art, fine wine and exquisite food. A lot of people were more than happy to part with the fifty bucks (not inconsiderable in the current climate) a head to get in, and then throw a few, or a lot, of dollars at the auction items and art. Not so this year, you had to push your way through to get anything.
This was good news for the vendors at Port Lucaya who got the customers left high and literally dry by Festival NoWine - a large number of the disappointed festival goers were in attendance, trying to catch a drink or a bite to eat, to fill appetites left unsated by festival noway.
This left a bitter taste in people's mouth. If I pay a hundred bucks for a pair of tickets and another $50 for a babysitter, I don't expect to have to then go somewhere else to get food and drink afterward. I spoke to a number of people at the time, and more since. Not one person said the event was worth the money, to a man, and woman, they were left feeling cheated and a considerable number said they will not be going back.
This can only be bad news for an event which has had rave reviews for many years. People are feeling the economic squeeze, yet large numbers paid out this year. Based on this experience however, there may well be a different story being told next year.
The PR spinners should have been issuing an apology, not crowing about success - I guess attack is the best form of defence.
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