Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Partying on the Exhibitor Floor

The Exhibitor floor always feels like a party but on Tuesday, the festivities really kicked into gear as everyone loosened up and booths brought out their stashes of food and drink. The Australians and New Zealanders seemed to kick things off early with wine bars while the French brought out to die for desserts.

Music groups popped up in booths from Ontario and Korea but the group that really rocked the place was the band at the Puerto Rican pavilion. The island-flavored music was the perfect ending to a long day of standing and walking at the convention.

I stayed longer than I should have before moving to the the reception hosted by Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher. The Kentucky reception, held for the last four years at BIO, is said to be one of the nicest among the state receptions. The food and drink were terrific but even the bartender seemed surprised at the devotion to bourbon at the event. Everyone took home a silver mint julep cup to remember the evening, compliments of the Governor.