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4000 Hungry Heathens – The food of the 2012 Global Atheist Convention, Melbourne Convention Centre, April 13-15 #atheistcon

The good people of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre were challenged to feed four thousand hungry, sleep deprived, opinionated atheists over the three days of the Global Atheist Convention. And, despite a few grumblings from the vegans, I think they did really really well!

Welcome Reception

Global Atheist Convention 2012 Melbourne

Kicking off the weekend, armed with a couple of glasses of wine, or a few beers, a smorgasboard of sushi rolls, oysters, rice paper rolls and mini sausages greeted us. Some struggled to find their vego options, but I just tucked into the sushi. Nom nom nom.

Global Atheist Convention 2012 Melbourne

Global Atheist Convention 2012 Melbourne

Global Atheist Convention 2012 Melbourne

Global Atheist Convention 2012 Melbourne

Global Atheist Convention 2012 Melbourne

Global Atheist Convention 2012 Melbourne

Global Atheist Convention 2012 Melbourne

Global Atheist Convention 2012 Melbourne

Live sushi making!

Global Atheist Convention 2012 Melbourne

Global Atheist Convention 2012 Melbourne

And so we merrily went in for an evening of comedy to kick things off!

Morning and Afternoon Teas

Global Atheist Convention 2012 Melbourne

Morning and afternoon teas brought the usual dodgy coffee (and thus long queues for the coffee cart for proper soy lattes!), but there was a huge selection of teas on offer, and half-decent sachets of hot chocolate.

Global Atheist Convention 2012 Melbourne

I loved the SerendipiTea chai (once they fetched more soy milk because they made the mistake of not labelling the mini soy jugs as soy and I believe many people had their first soy coffees that first morning!), and the peppermint was also as expected.

Global Atheist Convention 2012 Melbourne

Global Atheist Convention 2012 Melbourne
(The MCEC coffee cart was well priced and good to kick off my morning before the first talk. $4 for a large, no extra soy charge)

Global Atheist Convention 2012 Melbourne

The gluten full home-made cookies were devoured by the masses.

Global Atheist Convention 2012 Melbourne

Global Atheist Convention 2012 Melbourne

Global Atheist Convention 2012 Melbourne

Global Atheist Convention 2012 Melbourne
Many more apples were consumed by me on the weekend than most months. No wonder I got a tummy ache!

Global Atheist Convention 2012 Melbourne

The gluten free and vegan among the group were offered vast amounts of fruit pillows, but also melting moments, choc chip cookies (not vegan) and jam thingies. Pre-packaged, but appreciated!

Global Atheist Convention 2012 Melbourne

Global Atheist Convention 2012 Melbourne

There was an awesome gluten free caramel slice on the first afternoon! I didn’t eat the jam tarts. Anyone?

Global Atheist Convention 2012 Melbourne

Lunches

Global Atheist Convention 2012 Melbourne

Global Atheist Convention 2012 Melbourne

Global Atheist Convention 2012 Melbourne

The separate special needs table provided some delicious gluten free rolls, gluten free foccacia, sushi with gluten free soy sauce, and other gluten free options of awesome:

Global Atheist Convention 2012 Melbourne

Global Atheist Convention 2012 Melbourne

Ham was provided. You know, cos Atheists aren’t Jewish or Muslim.

Global Atheist Convention 2012 Melbourne

Lunchtime entertainment was provided by the Christians on Saturday, and Muslims on Sunday.

Global Atheist Convention 2012 Melbourne

Global Atheist Convention 2012 Melbourne

If you were at the Convention, what was your foodie highlight? If not, what has been your best and worst conference food experience?

Sebel Albert Park, Melbourne

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Booked a room with two Queen beds for the Digital Parents Conference for just under $200 per night. No breakfast included, but that’s what the fruit I snaffled from the plane and lunch buffets was for!

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(Fifth floor view)

After an initial stuff up, where we were put into a room with just one king bed (we upgraded you! but yah, great, I just MET this person, not yet on bed sharing terms), and then when I arrive I walked into an already occupied room where someone was asleep with the concierge due to them forgetting to change the room number on my key. Silly. Anyway. Once that was all settled :/

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The beds were super comfy and the shower nice and HOT. The aircon controller had me confused, so I just stuck with using the window to regulate the temperature…

Off to a conference for Digital Parents #DPCON12

So, I’m off to Melbourne tomorrow evening for the Digital Parents Conference

No, I’m not a parent. But whatevs. There will be a gorgeous bunch of people attending *hugs* And, any excuse to hit up Melbourne, hey?? :)

Seeya on the flip side!

xx

I could write about…

The gluten free meal I had on the plane home from Melbourne last night:

Gluten free plane food

Or the complimentary wine:

free wine

Dinner at The Deanery Friday night:

The Deanery, Melbourne

The Deanery, Melbourne

The 5:15am WAKE UP CALL we all got Saturday morning at The Oaks on Market. All 4 rooms of our group. Something wrong there.

Oaks on Market, Room 1605

Or I could just write a few sentences and post some photos. You all cool with that?

Quick Melbourne Trip

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Takeoff from Canberra Friday morning

Was down in Melbourne Friday/Saturday for a meeting on Saturday. Headed down Friday morning so I could catch up with a friend for lunch and do some Melbourne wanderings before the scheduled dinner Friday night and meeting all day Saturday…
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