On Thursday, November 6th I had the pleasure of attending a wonderful event staged by the Shannon Chamber of Commerce.

The Cupcake Decorating Challenge, which was held at the Inn at Dromoland, is part of a new venture by Shannon Chamber called ‘Showcasing Members’. It involves members opening their doors for events, showcasing what they do, and allowing attendees to take part and network.

Rarely have I had as much fun at a business networking event.

From start to finish it was very high energy, interactive event. About 30 members met at 5.30 pm at Dromoland and chatted for an hour prior to the event. We were then escorted to a separate room for the main event. The Pastry Chef from Dromoland Castle was on hand to give a demonstration of his excellent craftsmanship and decorating skills. The Chef then turned over the reins to us hacks and the fun began! While this was a fun event, there was no doubt that this was a competition! Once we were dressed in our aprons and chef hats, people were guarding their ideas and doing their best to produce the best possible cupcake. The level of creativity was very impressive for a largely inexperienced group of bakers. Once each team submitted their 4 best works, the fun of judging began, all the while being regaled by the excellent MC on the night. Winners were chosen and everyone left with a smile on their faces.

I would like to compliment the Inn at Dromoland for their food and hospitality. It was a great venue for a wonderful event. I would highly recommend this as something different for an exciting team-building event. Many thanks to Shannon Chamber for a great night’s entertainment.

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Donal O’Donoghue

IT Recruitment Consultant – Galway

Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services Group