Need Interactive F&B Ideas? Look No Further!

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Try a candy apple dipping bar.

The days are gone when F&B can be…served. Attendees are looking to interact with the produce growers, the pig farmers, the mixologists. Interactive F&B is one of the hottest trends around.

Here are 5 ideas for interactive F&B:

Educational Testings

Instead of having the usual wine sommelier or beer expert, hire a specific spirit expert like a whiskey connoisseur or tequila guru to interact with attendees. They can provide a bit of history about the spirit as well as tips on how to properly taste the alcohol. (Hint: Throwing it back is not the answer.) What’s more, you can send attendees home with their very own mini liquor bottle, branded with the event or company logo. Source: Crain’s New York Business

Thai Ice Cream

Thai-style rolled ice cream is a hit at any event. Guests watch as ice cream artists roll the frozen treat into a perfect piece of dessert artwork! Source: Imprint Group

Canape Wall

A twist on a donut wall, the “canape wall” provides its own sense of fun and discovery. Chefs prepare and place small plates in cubbies, which guests can then access through mail slot-like openings. Source: Huffington Post

Smoked Meats

Don’t just serve smoked meat, invite the pitmaster who smoked it to serve it up, along with tips on smoking turkey and pork.

Mason Jar Salad

At Well Being Spas (Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, Four Seasons Resort & Club Las Colinas and Red Rock Casino, Resort + Spa), the popular Mason Jar Salad Challenge invites attendees to build the healthiest and most delicious salad, either as a teambuilding exercise or an icebreaker. Source: Catersource

Caramel Apple Dipping Station

We all know about make-your-own-sundaes, but why not use apples instead? Use mini gala apples, dipped to order in chocolate or caramel and topped with peanuts, crushed caramel popcorn, rainbow sprinkles, toffee crumbles, and espresso-scented coco nibs. Source: Kahn’s Catering

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Barbara Scofidio is editor of Prevue and heads up the Visionary Summits, our exclusive conference series targeting senior-level meeting and incentive planners. In 25 years of covering the industry, her articles have spanned topics ranging from social media to strategic meetings management. She is currently the media liaison for FICP's Education Committee and was the first member of the media ever to be invited to sit on a committee by GBTA, where she spent three years on the Groups and Meetings Committee. She has also been an active member of Site, chairing its Crystal Awards committee and acting as a judge. A familiar face at industry events, Barbara often leads panel discussions or speaks on topics close to her heart, such as green meetings or how the industry can help combat human trafficking. She is also on the board of ECPAT USA, the human trafficking organization. Barbara is based outside Boston, in Groton, Mass.

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