The end of July has brought an end to one of our busiest months since we started up. It’s been a big month; we’ve won an award, catered our biggest wedding ever – an incredible 3 day festival bonanza event – and of course we had our Orchard Feast Pop Up last weekend!
First things first, THE AWARD. Because you all got behind us and voted in the Cotswold Life Food and Drink Awards (thank you!), we were nominated in two categories: Food Product of the Year for our Homemade Curing Kit… Bacon, and Best Local Supplier/ Producer. The big day was Monday 6th July. It was slightly drizzly, overcast, overall a fairly uninspiring day. This all changed at 3pm. The whole squad bundled into the van, drove to our apartment in Cheltenham and got ourselves all dolled up, cracked open the champagne and off we went to the racecourse.
We were on a table with The Red Lion, who went on to win Newcomer of the Year right at the start of the night, so we were flying high table-wise. When Food Product of the Year came round we waited with on the edge of our seats with baited breath, and Ben nervously chugged a G&T. We were up against our good foodie friends The Artisan Kitchen and Cotswold Gold, who both produce some truly delicious things so the competition was stiff.
Our names were called and we were up, straight on the stage (took a stage photo as if we were Ed Sheeran in front of the Wembley crowds), and then we sat down to wait for the next one. Best Local Supplier came round, but this time it went to Sibling Distillery which was a very well deserved win, and we settled for ‘Highly Commended’. Needless to say, the next day we were all booked into ‘A Very Important All Day Team Meeting’ and were unfortunately unreachable all day.
July also hosted our biggest ever wedding catering booking. It was inspired by the local Wilderness Festival and everything looked amazing, there was a field full of teepees for the guests to stay in, hot tubs by the lake, bonfires, and food everywhere. Ross and his kitchen team cooked up canapes to serve on arrival including Homemade Scotch Eggs with Colman’s Dressing, Vegetable Melanzane Bruschetta with Basil Leaf, and Fruit Scones with Fruit Jam and Clotted Cream. For the evening, we produced a BBQ feast fit for a King, plus delicious breakfast spreads and lunch nibbles. The sun shone for the whole thing and it was GORGEOUS! Gorgeous. Zoe worked overtime all week getting everything ready, making sure everything ran smoothly, and keeping the bride calm and happy. Everybody loved the food which is always a pleasure to hear, and the bride and groom had a perfect weekend which is of course the most important thing.
Last things last, we hosted our July summer Pop-Up, the heavily anticipated Orchard Feast, on the Adlestrop Estate last weekend. Sod’s Law held true and we experienced the wettest day in months on our first day, with temperatures reaching balmy highs of 13 degrees celsius. Never one to admit defeat though, we moved the event into a barn onsite and decorated it with fairy lights and flowers. Our five course feast was served to some very warm, dry and happy customers inside! The sun returned for one day on the Saturday and we were plunged back into the standard British Summer drizzle for Sunday lunch, but we still managed to pull it off with a helping hand from our fantastic waitresses and a touch more wine than was strictly necessary. C’est la vie.