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 🙂 ).
Over the last year I have been making special brownie cakes to order for my customers, and for the last few weeks I have been trialling different brownies on a Saturday. I’ve now decided to make the Brownies a special feature on Saturday’s, so every week I will be selling plain chocolate brownies and a flavoured version like Salted Caramel or Cherries with Kirsch.
The brownies are £1.50 each and I can take pre orders if anyone would like to order one, as you will see from the pictures below the brownies are gooey and often decorated with either chocolate, cinder toffee or fruit.
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
Easter may have been yesterday, but this morning I delivered a very special Easter Egg for a very special occasion. You may remember that last year I created a large Wedding Egg for a Bride and Groom to crack instead of cutting the cake, well this year I was approached by a lovely bride who had see pictures of the egg online. She wanted to present the egg to her husband as a surprise on their Wedding Day- Monday April 9th 2012.
Like last year Jenny Foord made a giant egg up especially for the egg to be presented in, I then had the task to make the huge egg. This year the Bride went for a “rough” finish to the egg instead of the chocolate flowers you’ll see on last year’s egg. The egg was then finished with a light green iridescent shimmer to represent Spring and a nod to Dee’s Irish roots.
I absolutely love the challenge of making these Wedding Eggs, every bride has a different reason for ordering one, they are an instant hit with the guests (probably because they get some of the chocolate), and it’s one of those requests I only ever get once a year. Jenny always does a fantastic job of making the egg cup and always asks if the Bride and Groom would like a special message or finish. The egg cups are a nice reminder and are perfect for planting or keeping things in afterwards.
If you follow me on twitter and facebook you will have seen that over the last few months I have been going to the Anstice Hall in Madeley for the Antiquity Vintage Fairs. The Hall is a hidden gem, one of the oldest working men’s clubs in the country it looks very much like a typical old building, it’s only when you go upstairs to the ballroom do you realise how amazing the hall really is.
Again the lovely Col or @RollerColster if you are on twitter was on hand to take picture of all the stall holders’ products. I’ve added some pictures below of my stand, some of Grandmas’ Attic (my neighbours in Shrewsbury Market Hall) and the general location.
Recently I have joined forces with the lovely Jo from Grandmas’ Attic to come up with the perfect cuppa, so perfect it will be our featured product for Valentine’s Day and Mothers day which is in a few weeks on Sunday 18th March 2012.
Jo at Grandmas’ Attic seeks out the best in Vintage accessories for your home, including beautiful cups and saucers. The cups and saucers are now available filled with a delicious selection of chocolates and truffles of your choice. The cups can also be filled with chocolate buttons, a vanilla pod and some honey comb chunks so you can make your very own Hot Chocolate…yum!