You Deserve a Diversion

Take a break from all of the learning—there's plenty to divert your mind at Oracle OpenWorld.

By Tom Caldecott 

You’ve come to Oracle OpenWorld to work, work, work, yes? But this year, there are new and tempting experiences for fun, fun, fun—along with the traditional diversions of years past.

Feeling tired? Need a little exercise to help you through the keynotes, sessions, and hands-on labs? The Bocce Experience in Moscone West is the answer. Choose from two courts—perfect for players of all skill levels. “Some of our visitors know how to play, some of them think they know how to play, and some don’t know how to play at all. It’s a very simple sport, and it’s a very social sport,” says Patti Bassett. Patti and other instructors are on hand to teach the rules and techniques. And, judging from the response, it’s an extremely popular sport at Oracle OpenWorld. According to one of the people manning the booth, “We’ve been very busy. Last night, both courts were occupied until 7 p.m.” The courts are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Fuel all that exercise with the gelato that's a complement to the bocce play.

Thirsty after your bocce game? Head over to the booth of the Australian winemaker Penfolds in Moscone South. Penfolds, a sponsor of Oracle Team USA, was invited by Oracle to share its wine with conference attendees. You can taste two types, “our Koonunga Hill Chardonnay and Bin 8, a cabernet shiraz blend, which is a brand new wine we just brought into the states about six months ago,” says Lisa Brown, public relations director of events for the winemaker. And best of all, the tasting is free.

But what about dessert? No problem. It’s off to the Sweet Shop at the Palace Hotel for a make-your-own cupcake. The pastry chef has made a choice of cupcakes and icings. Choose a vanilla, chocolate, or red velvet cupcake. Choose an icing or two: vanilla bean buttercream, dark chocolate ganache, cream cheese, raspberry buttercream, or coconut. Then, pick your toppings, including fresh fruit, chocolate chips, shredded coconut, and pecans. As a pastry chef at the booth says, “It’s really interesting to see what people come up with in terms of their favorite combinations.” The Sweet Shop is open Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

And don’t forget to visit the other diversions scattered around Oracle OpenWorld venues and in the Exhibition Halls: Tap and Brew, Brew House, Golf Experience, Game Zone,  Juice Bar, and Tranquility Lounge.

That's how to have fun, fun, fun while you work, work, work.
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