On Thursday 14th February and Thursday 28th March I will be holding special Chocolate Tastings at Serenity in Shrewsbury.
The events will be ticketed, with tickets available to buy from my shop or online (see the links below).
The evening will consist of
- An introduction into chocolate, my shop and the chocolate I use to make my award winning truffles.
- How to taste chocolate, and what to look for when buying chocolate
- Pairing chocolate with wine
- Single Origin Chocolates- an opportunity to try various single origin chocolates and find out about their origins.
- Tasting and Conversation- the chance to try 12 of my best selling chocolates including the chocolates which have won awards. A great opportunity to try new exciting flavours while talking about your favourite tastes and flavours.
- Question and Answer session
The evening will last roughly 2 hours with a complimentary glass of champagne of arrival & refreshments available to purchase throughout the evening.
I will also have a selection of chocolates available to purchase on the night with each ticket holder receiving a £5 voucher to spend on the night (included in the ticket price).
Ticket Price £20
Thursday 14th February tickets available to buy here
Thursday 28th March tickets available to buy here
I’m very excited to announce that I have been lucky enough to win a BBC Bursary Award. The award means I will be given a stand at the BBC Good Food Winter show (28th November and the 2nd December) for free. This is a huge recognition for the quality of my chocolates. I’m really excited about the opportunity and it’s given me a huge boost in confidence.
I will also be giving talks each day at the BBC Good Food Show, which I’m looking forward to. I enjoy giving talks and sampling chocolates with people and seeing what they think about my chocolates.
Here’s some information from the official press release
BBC Good Food Shows announce Bursary Award Winners
Having scoured the country for the last 6 months and after a lengthy and competitive application process culminating in a tasting sessions at the Good Food Test Kitchens, the winners of the BBC Good Food Show Bursary Awards have now been announced.
The Bursary Awards enable BBC Haymarket Exhibitions to reward passionate, dedicated and outstanding artisan producers. Winners are provided with a free of charge stand at one of the three Shows this autumn and given the opportunity to put their products in front of tens of thousands of food fans.
Gillian Carter, Editor Good Food Magazine, said…“I am so happy with this year’s pick of Bursary Award Winners. We tasted over 60 products altogether and these really stood out for their overall quality – and we think our visitors will love them! It’s great to be able to support outstanding fledgling producers and we can’t wait for the visitors to see the produce”
If you would like to buy tickets please click here, and please check out Katy Truss’s blog from BBC Haymarket who wrote about the Bursary Awards and Judging.
It’s that time of year again when all Chocolate lovers can embrace Chocolate in all its glory. Chocolatiers up and down the country will be launching new products, holding special events and celebrating why we all love chocolate.
Currently I have lots in the pipeline; on Tuesday and Wednesday of Chocolate Week I will be holding special tastings in my shop. Customers will be able to try the different single origin chocolate I use as well as selected flavours from the counter.
On Friday and Saturday things will spice up with our much loved Hot Chocolates launching for the Autumn/Winter season, they will be available to take way. Packs containing all the ingredients and our recipe will be available, so customers can enjoy the Hot Chocolates at home.
We will also be making and sampling Chocolate Cocktails through Friday and Saturday. I’m currently sifting through lots of recipes trying to find an exciting mixture of delicious cocktails to tickle your taste buds!
I am also working on several new chocolates for our Shropshire Chocolates range and these will be unveiled throughout Chocolate Week.
To add a little more sparkle to Chocolate Week I will be offering 10% off all Christmas pre-orders, and any customers spending over £10 between the 8th and 14th of October will receive a small box of chocolate inspired macaroons handmade by Julia.
If you would like any more information about the events I am planning to celebrate Chocolate Week or you’d like to book a group talk/ presentation please contact Julia on 07814113156 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Join me on Sunday the 23rd of September at Dorothy Clive Gardens for their annual Chilli Festival. I will be making my well known scrummy Chilli Truffles which are rolled in cocoa powder as well as making special Chilli Chocolate Brownies and Chilli Chocolate Tarts. I will also have a selection of other chocolates including Cardamom, Salted Caramels and Rose and Violets.
Please let me know if you’d like any more information
For the 4th year in a row I spent the 1st weekend of September in the beautiful location of Glansevern Hall near Welshpool. The Welsh Food Festival has been going for 7 years, and I was lucky enough to be invited for the 1st time 4 years ago. The festival takes place surrounded by beautiful gardens and a large lake.
The Welsh Food Festival is one of my favourite festivals; partly because of the location, but also because the volunteers and organisers are so lovely. The atmosphere is always so welcoming and there’s always a great mix of exhibitors. This year I was next to Bings Heath Smokery (delicious smoked garlic, fish, meat etc) and the guys from Welsh Brew who kept me topped up with tea for the whole weekend.
I had a really successful weekend with my range of Shropshire Chocolates, selling out of Violet Creams by midday on the Saturday. I had to call for more to be brought from the shop. My handmade Turkish Delight and the delicious Italian Nougat also proved very popular with several customers commenting on how they’d come back for more (after buying from my stall last year 🙂 ).
Yesterday evening I attended the Scope Fashion Show at the Lord Hill Hotel in Shrewsbury, the event was really well attended. Lots of local businesses such as Thighs the Limit and Turtle Doves had mini stands selling their products. It was also lovely to see lots of twitter followers supporting the event.
I have never been to a charity fashion show before, but it lovely to see how the clothes from the shop could be transformed into stylish outfits.
It was also the first night I used my handmade bunting which I have been making in my spare time for the last few weeks. I have metres of the stuff, but hopefully I will be able to use it at all the shows and markets I do over the summer. I used a selection of fabrics, mostly Tilda as I like the designs and bright colours.
I have just started regularly attending the Whitchurch Farmers Market which is held on the 1st Saturday of every month from 9am till 2pm. The Farmers Market is based near the Bull Ring, which is in the very centre of town.
I will be selling a mixture of my handmade Shropshire Chocolates and Truffles, as well as gifts like the Chocolate Shoes, Bars and Hearts. Homemade Cinder Toffee, Turkish Delight and Nougat will also be on offer, and I’m looking forward to meeting lots of new customers and finding out what the people of Whitchurch like.
Here are some pictures from this month’s Farmers Market and a press cutting taken as part of the Jubilee Celebrations in Whitchurch