Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Freestylin' at Wegmans

Waaaaaay back in November I was lucky enough to be invited to an event to debut the Coca-cola Freestyle at the new Wegmans near my house. I replied immediately because:

1. It was right about the time when I needed a big pick-me-up after losing the campaign.

2. I had already tried out the freestyle and, while I thought it was pretty cool, I was also a bit confused about it.

3. W-E-G-M-A-N-S. In just a few short weeks, I was already a certified Wegmans devotee.
Hot shot Coke exec (and by hot shot, I really mean super nice!) giving us a personal tutorial

I don't think I've mentioned Wegmans on this blog yet. But, let me tell you, it is The. Best. Place. Ever.


The hype started on our town listserv about 2 years ago. Yeah. People were doing count downs. On opening day, people were sending e-mails via their smart phones with traffic, crowd and check-out wait status updates in between their screams of glee that WEGMANS had finally arrived.

Being me, I waited for the hype to settle a bit and went about a week and a half after it opened. Let me just say that I haven't been to another grocery store since. In fact, if the other bloggers at this event didn't know me already, I think they would have assumed I was a Wegmans plant by the way I gushed about everything.

But before we got to learn about Wegmans and have a tasty dinner, we got to check out the Coca-cola Freestyle. It's a sleek, familiar-yet-unique device:

And with it, you can dispense 106 different types of drink. 106. So, I'll admit that I'm a little boring with my (delicious) strawberry Sprite. But, for our next grocery run, Abel and Lucas spent a reported 10 minutes (and so I'm guessing it was more like 15 or 20 as Abel tends to underestimate time!) standing at the Freestyle trying all different mixes. They both LOVE it!

Our doesn't-need-caffiene-to-be-crazy Lucas got to feel like a big kid but actually just tried different versions of Dasani water, like grape, strawberry and peach. Abel mixed it up Cherry Coke, Lime Coke and Peach Sprite.

Needless to say, we're all fans!

So, if you haven't yet been to Wegmans: GO. And if you have been to Wegmans but haven't checked out the Freestyle: GO. Take your time with it, taste different combos and enjoy. We sure are!

Disclaimer: Wegmans and Coca-cola provided some yummy food, free sodas, swag and a giftcard for attending this event. But, I certainly didn't have to write about it and all opinions are my own.

Original post by Smiling Mama. Thanks for reading!

1 comment:

  1. I am not sure how I missed this post. What an interesting machine. I have to say, even Strawberry Sprite would be a stretch for me. But I agree, Wegmans is as close to grocery shopping bliss as is possible. Even to the point where when we moved a few years ago we narrowed our search down to two homes and I picked the one we have based on the fact that it was closer to Wegmans! How pathetic is that???


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