In an article in Midwest Meetings Winter 2016 Issue, CVBs, like Emily Klamm of Fargo-Moorhead CVB, spoke on planning great dine around and pub crawl experiences for their groups. Here are five tips from Emily Klamm for planners considering a dine around or pub crawl:
1. Know your audience. What kind of group is it? Mostly male or female? Will they appreciate your dive bars or are they looking for more of an “experience” type of bar. For dining, do they want the uniquely local suggestions, family friendly, budget conscious, or something along fine-dining to hold a meeting with a client. We like to give them suggestions for all of the above, but in every suggestion we give, we like to keep it local. Who doesn’t like going and experiencing a local restaurant you can’t get anywhere else?
2. Give them a variety of experiences. When I plan a pub crawl, I like to show people the dives but also highlight our local favorite spots. I encourage every group to incorporate at least one of our breweries into its craw or dine around.
3. As I mentioned before… Keep it local! Show them things they can’t get anywhere else. It’s my one opportunity to plan part of the conference, and I want to make it the best. I want them to leave and say the pub crawl or dine around was the best part.
5. Transportation…. Seems like a simple no brainer, but check, check, and triple check. No one wants to wait on transportation or wonder how they’re getting back to the hotel after a fun evening. That’s the worst!
For a more in depth look, read Culinary Quest from Midwest Meetings Winter 2016 Issue.