Yelpers from all over the state gathered in Bloomington, Indiana to explore some of the city’s most precious gems. From breweries to and wineries to handmade shops and artisan food crafters, the essence of Bloomington was truly captured.
The weekend kicked off at Oliver Winery, complete with a tour and tastings of wine, cheese, honey, and blackberry truffles. Attendees then chose between heading to Upland Brewing Company for a facility tour and sour tastings or driving to Soapy Soap Company to craft personal bars of soap. Mid-afternoon, Yelpers decorated mugs and drank soda with Gather Shoppe and Bea’s Soda Bar at the Fountain Square Mall. For the final event of the day, Yelpers chose to either exercise at Lotus Pilates or indulge at a Meet the Maker event with Uel Zing, Zeitgeist Organic Creamery, and Lucky Guy Bakery. Talk about a jam-packed day! To relax, the crew devoured a Turkish meal, barefoot and on floor cushions (with Oliver wine in tow), at Turkuaz Cafe later in the evening.
After a long, luscious night of much-needed sleep, the Yelp crew had one final event: a boozy brunch at Cardinal Spirits. The tiki-themed party was packed with vodka cocktails, hula-skirt-shaped cookies, brown sugar sweet potatoes, and barbecue that blew everyone’s’ minds. The party was the cherry on top of a perfect weekend and left everyone drooling over Bloomington’s array of memorable offerings.
Big thanks to these partners for an incredible weekend:
Oliver Winery • Caprini Creamery • Peacetree Mountain Truffles • Risin Creek Creamery • Hunter’s Honey Farm • Upland Brewing Company • Tulip Tree Creamery • Quilter’s Comfort • Maple Leaf Farms • Underground Cupcakes & Cafe • Soapy Soap Company • Gather Shoppe • Bea’s Soda Bar • Lotus Pilates • UGo Bars • Uel Zing • Zeitgeist Organic Creamery • Lucky Guy Bakery • Turkuaz Cafe • Cardinal Spirits • Carsons BBQ & Catering • Kroger • Sugar and Spice Bakery • Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center • The Walnut Street Inn • SpringHill Suites Bloomington • Century Suites • Hampton Inn • Hilton Garden Inn • Indiana Memorial Union • Grant Street Inn Bed & Breakfast • Fountain Square Mall • Visit Bloomington