At some small community events because they are in bars, attendees gather around tables which makes it hard for a visiting speaker to sit as everybody is in groups where they all know each other (especially if you’re a bit nervous and shy like me!).
It really sucked having to eat while standing up pregnant at a conference. I found some bean bags, but then I had trouble holding the plate. The bean bag was low and I was wearing a dress so couldn’t just sit indian style. I think that they should definitely have an alternative for people who can’t stand up for whatever reason.
If an event has been run before, the imagery of previous events is important to me. If it looks like a sea of white dudes then I don’t want to go and be uncomfortable as a lone woman.