My conclusion is, I wouldn’t write this type of thing off.It costs less than £15 per person and it can be a laugh.Of Tuesday’s bunch of blokes I think less than half were actually vegan.Conversation varied from person to person, but generally the openers were ‘veggie or vegan?
You enter ‘ticks’ online next to the names of any guys you fancied – and if they tick you too it’s a match.It seemed with the growing number of people giving up meat and dairy that a vegetarian/vegan event would be a popular one.‘We run so many successful food-related events such as our vegetarian and vegan cooking classes at L’atelier des Chefs, the shared experience and interaction really is a successful recipe for romance to blossom.’ After the event my mate and I stayed for some Tibits food*.They do other weird and wonderful niche events such as tall men, bearded men (hello), older women for younger men (LOL), cooking classes, wine tasting, comedy, quiz nights and more.Their dating expert Dani Waller says: ‘At Speed Dater we know how much the British public love food.’, ‘what do you do/like to do in your spare time’, or some sort of confession about how much of an effort it was to cram in as much info as possible in three minutes.One awkward, sheepish bloke made a really shit joke about me ‘liking big ones’ because of my ‘large glass’ of red wine (it was 175ml – that’s a small! Many others were fresh European expats looking to mingle.He was the only half-decent bloke there to be honest (sorry to be brutal! Anecdotally (again), this is how speed dating events typically go – all the women are pretty hot and there’s just one decent guy that everyone’s after.So it ended up being a pretty fun 20 x three minute dates for the blokes, and, well, kind of a drag for the ladies. Let us know in the poll below what you think about speed dating.But the concept is quite open and vague (veggie / vegan – that’s not really the same).And attending means committing to two hours of smiling and chit-chat to 20 people with whom you may struggle to build rapport.