Saturday the 14th of November saw the biggest day in the Irish vaping calendar, with the 4th Annual Irish VapeFest. The doors opened right at 10:03 am, and the hundreds of people queueing outside surged forwards and into the venue. Heading down the stairs into the large conference area, you were greeted with stall after stall of juices to try and hardware to play with, from the smallest starter kits to the largest sub ohm set ups from all around the world.
Vapouround Magazine were giving out copies of their magazine at the entrance and a scavenger hunt style flyer as well. Some of the vendors had little stampers, and as you wandered around the hall you collected stamps. Once you completed your list, you handed the flyer in for a prize, a fun idea that got people visiting plenty of stalls and moving around the hall. I won a Suicide Bunny T-shirt from mine, which went very well with the 3 boxes of free Suicide Bunny juices they handed me when I went over to say hi, get a stamp and a photo. The whole team Pip had with her were really nice guys.
Within about half an hour, the whole room had taken on a very hazy atmosphere. Even with the external balcony doors open, the visibility was getting low; but this just meant you had to get closer to the action to see what was going on.
There I was stumbling about in the haze trying to fill the shopping list my manager had given me and I bumped into Phoenix’s very own Dan and James. Dan (left) is Phoenix’s UK Retail Manager ( and James (right) is one of EL-Science’s Analytical Chemists. Both are also vapers, of course.
My feet were really starting to hurt by this point and I needed to find a seat; unfortunately chairs were the only thing that were lacking during the event, and you had to grab a seat wherever you could find one, even if that meant sitting on a vendor’s sofa. I did manage to squeeze into a spot on the edge of the stage though, and I bumped into the Vaping Biker and his lovely wife Vicky while I sat there. Along with another friendly guy, he very kindly modelled my boss’s new juices for a photo too.
I managed to wrestle the liquids back off him, and as I was putting them back in my bag I looked up and saw Grimm Green.
He was also very friendly, and was more than happy to have a picture taken; although he seemed a little disappointed when I said I didn’t want to be in it. As you can imagine, he was swamped with people asking for photos and wanting a chat, so I got myself out of the way and let him meet more folks.
Next up was the raffle- the 3 prizes originally worth over €1000 each had more stuff added to them by the vendors on the day of the event, and were now estimated to be worth over €2000 each. When you bought your tickets you were asked to write your name and phone number on the back. Grimm Green was invited to the stage to pull the tickets and the organisers dialled the number on the back of the ticket. An Irish winner was very happy to get the call and a cheer went through the crowd. The second ticket Grimm chose was a UK number and the winner was in the crowd. A slightly bigger cheer this time, but I think that was because they had flown over and this box was now so heavy that they might have needed to leave their suitcases behind, depending on their luggage allowance. The third ticket was also to an Irish winner. Unfortunately,I wasn’t a lucky raffle winner- but there’s always next year.
The crowd always thins out after the raffle and after a few more laps of the venue and a few more juices tried it was time to call it a day on VapeFest Ireland 2015 and head out to the bars in the Temple Bar area of Dublin for a couple of drinks, but that’s a story for another blog!
The whole day was very enjoyable, all of the overseas visitors were made to feel very welcome and I think the Americans nearly drank the bar dry of Guinness. I didn’t meet a single person all day that hadn’t enjoyed themselves immensely and many people said it was definitely worth the effort of travelling over for the weekend.
All photos taken from my phone so the quality isn’t too great, sorry about that.