I recently had the pleasure of attending a really cool happy hour event along with other mommy bloggers in the Washington, D.C. area- where we got to see and experience first-hand how the cool new fountain from The Coca-Cola Company called Coca-Cola Freestyle works. The event took place at the Wegman’s store in Lanham, Maryland last December 1st, 2010.
My always supportive, hot, sweet husband came along with me to this event- as this really unique new fountain machine had really piqued both our curiosities. 🙂
I mean, a soda machine that gives over a hundred varieties of beverage brands- how is that possible? I know a lot of restaurant or convenience store soda fountains gives 6, 8 or even a dozen different drink flavors- but not more than that!
So first, I want to say that Coca-Cola Freestyle is not your ordinary soda machine. This machine can dispense 106 (yes, you read that right) beverage flavors: regular and low-calorie sparkling beverages, flavored waters, sports drinks, lemonades, and options from the Coca-Cola trademark family—Coca-Cola®, Diet Coke®, Coke Zero™ and caffeine free Diet Coke® – all in one single free-standing machine! This cool, totally interactive touch-screen fountain machine uses PurePour™ microdosing technology to dispense 106 soda flavors.
So how do you use the Coca-Cola Freestyle fountain machine?
To get your drink, all you do is follow three simple steps: 1. Push the ice lever, 2. Choose your brand of choice 3. Pour. It’s really easy!
Do I want Raspberry Diet Coke? Hmmm…maybe. Yes. No. Okay, let me try the Minute Maid Light Cherry Lemonade instead. And maybe mix it with a little regular Fanta Lime. Decisions, decisions. That’s exactly what I was thinking trying to decide which flavors to try. Oh, wow! So many choices. It was hard to choose! 🙂
The neatest thing about this soda machine is that when you push/choose one particular brand of soda- for example, regular Coca-Cola- it will then show you 6 different Coca-Cola flavors: regular Coke, Coke with Lime, Cherry Coke, Orange Coke, Vanilla Coke, Raspberry Coke. Choose the soda flavor you like best or if you like mixing flavors, you can certainly play with this machine and mix up your own flavors!
At this Coca-Cola Freestyle happy hour event, I also got to hang out with some of the coolest mommy bloggers in the Washington D.C. area (pictured here). Seated/back from left: Justice Fergie from the blog MamaLaw, Urban Mama, Jessica from A Parent in Silver Spring and myself. Kneeling/front row from left: Kim from I’m Not the Nanny, Sue from Laundry for Six and Aimee at Smiling Mama. Everyone was so friendly and we were all chatty. I enjoyed the conversations and hilarious jokes especially by Urban Mama– boy, she’s a natural comedienne! And Smiling Mama Aimee– she had the nicest, warmest smile ever! It was so nice meeting you all, ladies! :)
And what’s a fun gathering without great food? Coca-Cola Freestyle and Wegman’s spoiled us with so much delectable food, fabulous sweets and endless soda refills from the Coca-Cola Freestyle fountain machine!
One of Wegman’s chefs even walked us through a cooking demo that focused on easy preparation of weeknight meals- a great topic of interest for busy moms like me! The chef also showed us how to make Coca-Cola Braised Pork Shoulder. What a cool idea to use my slow cooker again! 🙂
I live close to a Wegman’s store (Woodbridge, Virginia) so my family are huge Wegman’s shoppers. My husband and I go there at least 3 to 4 times a month and we especially love the deli, cheese and wine section. Once in a while, I go there for organic skincare items, flavored teas and supplements. I also love checking out the kitchen decor and gadgets section. For my holiday party this year, I actually bought Christmas-inspired party plates, table napkins and table covers at Wegman’s and I received wonderful compliments from our guests about them!
I thought the Wegman’s in Lanham, Maryland is bigger than our Wegman’s in Woodbridge, Virginia but then I realized that they don’t have a second floor like in Woodbridge. Regardless the sizes, both stores are great places to shop. I just love Wegman’s!
Want to see if you live close to a Coca-Cola Freestyle? Go visit Coca-Cola Freestyle on Facebook for other locations and to find out more about the coolest new fountain machine from the Coca-Cola Company!
Hip Mama’s Place Disclosure: “My reviews and opinions are 100% my own. I was invited to attend the Coca-Cola Freestyle Event by the Coca-Cola Freestyle Team and received Coca-Cola samples and a Wegman’s gift card to thank me for my participation. I was in no way influenced by Coca-Cola Freestyle, Wegman’s or any other party while writing this review”.
About the Author: Jocelyn Cañasa-Brown is a working mom of two boys and is a recognized blogger and mom influencer in the Washington, DC area. In her spare time, she designs and creates her own handmade jewelry, maintains her jewelry store on Etsy and is an active moms group organizer and leader both online and offline. Hip Mama’s Place was nominated for Parents’ Picks 2010 Best Parenting Blogs and named one of the Highest Rated Blogs and Sites on Nickelodeon ParentsConnect for the Washington, DC area. Follow Jocelyn on Twitter and/or Facebook.