Gosh, remember way back in August 2009 when I joined ‘Twitters’?

Well, since then I’ve met so many interesting and diverse people, both online and offline, and these relationships have been so valuable for my social and professional life. So when I heard about Twestival Melbourne, part of a global initiative gathering together tweeps to raise money for a good cause, I was like ‘sign me up’. This was my chance to give back, in a small way, to the Twitter community.

This year’s Twestival Melbourne was raising money for STREAT and was held at STREAT’s offices. Everything was provided by the kind donations of tweeting businesses and people. I devoured my fair share of little pastries from The Convent Bakery (a friend of STREAT‘s), fried mantou with shredded duck from Pan Asian and tried every single flavour of the macarons from LuxBite.  Drinks were donated by Dal Zotto Wines, Prentice Wines, Red Hill Brewery and Aussie Farmers Direct.

I spotted the LuxBite macaron tower in the silent auction and decided – I HAD TO HAVE IT. Some outlandish bidding meant that at the end of the night, those FIFTY macarons were mine, all mine! I also won the auction on a pair of fabulous sunglasses from So Ethic to replace my cheap $15 plastic ones from the chemist.

Besides being a fun night of food, drinks, entertainment and blind-date excitement of meeting people I’d only ever chatted to on Twitter, the event raised a total of $6705. A resounding success!

If you missed out on Twestival Melbourne this year, here’s a short video of the event by @1000_LUX and of course you can still support STREAT by visiting their food cart in Federation Square or their coffee cart in Melbourne Central.