Dating in a snap

Two minutes seems to be enough to decide if there is chemistry with a person… or not.

That’s what interested ‘singles in the city’ found out when they attended 96.5 CAYROCK and 106.1 KISS FM’s speed dating event, held at Guy Harvey’s Island Grill on 27 May.

The possibility of meeting a soulmate brought out 68 singles, of a variety of age groups and nationalities.

Many guests showed up in sets, while some of the loners could be seen carefully spanning the room to identify prospective candidates for their affection before the festivities began.

Hosted by 106.1 KISS FM’s Chuck Taylor, with the ladies seated in numerical order, the men (who were also numbered) moved from table to table in two-minute intervals. If the conversation was to a person’s liking, or a physical attraction could not be denied, daters at the end of the night submitted the names of the individuals they liked the most and if the match was mutual, organisers exchanged their information. What’s more ? It was free.

‘We were stunned by how many people came out to participate,’ said Mr. Taylor. ‘Due to the number of speed daters, we trimmed each couple’s time down to two minutes, allowing everyone who attended the chance to get to know each other. Most people didn’t want to stop their speed dating rounds, but as soon as they realised there was another person to meet, it was game on.’

Guy Harvey’s Restaurant owner and manager Bruno Deluche was also surprised by the turn out. ‘This speed dating event was most certainly one for the books. Guy Harvey’s was packed and you could feel the sparks in the air. This evening was perfect for those who wanted to meet someone new in a comfortable environment, and we encourage everyone to come out again for a unique experience with a great menu for dinner after,’ he said.

‘The attendance for this month’s speed dating event almost doubled in size,’ added Phil Vinciullo, dms Broadcasting’s network promotions and marketing manager. ‘dms Broadcasting strives to bring events like this one to our loyal listeners to spice up your week.’

Were any matches made? ‘Over half of the singles in attendance left with several mutual matches, and there were even more matches being made at the bar after the official dating rounds were over,’ explained Mr. Vinciullo. ‘We would like to encourage everyone to come out next time and to arrive early to register.’

With great door prizes, roses for the ladies, and a chance to meet that special someone, the worst that could happen is that you leave how you came …single.