We also got to see (and meet!) Trisha Yearwood. She is a DELIGHT. Absolutely wonderful She even sang "Wrong Side of Memphis" while she iced a cake. I want her and Alex to be my new BFFs.
We missed Giada's demo (it conflicted with Alex's and I have my priorities) but I did see her at her book signing, standing with this random person. We also saw demos by Andrew Zimmern, Masaharu Morimoto, the Deen family, and Aaron Sanchez. Aaron was HILARIOUS. He cursed up a storm so I had to add him to my future BFF list, too.
I would definitely recommend the big event to anybody who likes to eat and drink as much as the H and I do. I got a couple of autographs out of the deal, and was close enough to Tyler Florence to touch him (I didn't. I wasn't trying to get arrested). It was a GREAT weekend!