Speed dating is an event where single people meet for a series of very short mini-dates.
If a participant wants to see their date again, they tick a “yes” box on a card. If their date also ticked “yes”, the event organiser provides them with each other’s contact details.
The format has been popular in big cities for many years.
Event organiser Freddie Moala said speed dating is a useful concept in a town like Griffith, where it’s often hard for single people to meet.
“It’s a great way for people to break the ice, it’s much easier than standing at the bar and trying to approach someone,” he said.
Mr Moala said there will be an equal number of men and women.
The Area Hotel will facilitate the whole event so participants are guaranteed to meet everyone.
A mini-date will be five minutes long, after which the men will move to the next table.
“It’s a very gentlemanly thing for them men to move and let the ladies sit,” Mr Moala said.
With the pressure on to make a good first impression, veteran dater Michael “Speedy” Stratton offered a tip for first timers.
“I’d subtly take out my wallet so they lady would know how much money I have”.
Where else can you meet a dozen or more people at one time who are there for the same reason you are?
Unfortunately for Speedy, he’s slightly outside the age category for Wednesday’s event, which is targeted at men aged 25 to 37 and women aged 24 to 35.
On the night, each participant is given a Welcome Pack, including a name tag (with a first name and a number only) and Score Card (for ticking yes or no).
Organisers ask participants not to disclose their contact details on the night.
If you get a “match”, that’s your chance to follow up if you’d like something further.
“My job’s done at the end night, the rest is up to them,” Mr Moala said.
The Area Hotel Speed Dating event kicks off at 6:30pm and costs $40, which includes two free drinks and some light refreshments. Get your tickets online.