Well, it has been a busy bank holiday weekend, with Stimulatte appearing at three different events. Doris has been stripped down and everything cleaned and sterilised, so now I have time to evaluate the weekends events and consider if there are any changes I could make to help the working day run more smoothly for me and my customers. We were blessed with beautiful weather for the entire three days, and some beautiful Gloucestershire farming scenery too.
The first event, on Saturday, was held very close to home, literally just a five minute journey, in aid of Alzheimer’s Society. Organised by Lynsey Cromwell and held at the local community hall, she did a great job of getting all sorts of entertainment, and stalls organised and running smoothly in order to raise awareness and money for this great society to help towards this heartbreaking issue that affects many families through out the UK. It was a great community event, with support from the local community and their families, so well done to Lynsey for undertaking such a great event.
On Sunday, I was very spoilt in terms of Venue and scenery! I was fortunate enough to be invited along to the Beer, Cider and Food Festival being held at The Tunnel Inn, at Coates, nr Cirencester. The event was being held in aid of Hope for tomorrow, an extremely important charity helping to make life a little easier for cancer patients. The Tunnel Inn, is a 17th Century Inn, beautifully nestled in stunning rural land. That coupled with fantastic sunshine, soothing music performed by local bands, farmers toiling in their fields, a huge dog friendly garden (where our doggy companions can happily run around like loons), the stunning scenery and great food, some of the most exquisite local cider’s available, all made for a great day out. I think we were well received as we have been invited back to attend the fantastic and much loved Wurzels event in may, and to make a return visit for next years Beer, Cider and Food Festival which will possibly be held a little earlier in the year. I’m very excited about returning for both events but also, visiting as a guest to try some of their amazing food. Thank you Katie Sirr and Tom for having me along.
So, on to Monday. again we were blessed with fantastic weather for the Family Fun Day organised by Ross Nicholls, Event organiser supremo – owner of Generation Events, being held at The Wagon Works in Gloucester. Ross had done a great job of organising and arranging for several different local small business’s to get together for a day of fun and games for younger families. The park is huge! plenty of space for all sorts of family and sporting activities. Through out the day, we had lots of local families visit the event to meet the stall holders and try out the bouncy castle, the BBQ, cold drinks for the younger visitors and of course some coffee’s for the parents who needed a little extra energy to keep up with the youngsters running round full of beans like they do. My double shot espresso, blended with Ross’s gorgeous Mr Whippy ice cream was a big hit, especially with me! And again, I think the service was well received as we were asked if we would be happy to get involved in future projects.
To surmise, it has been a Bank Holiday Weekend of glorious weather, dodgy tan lines, great food, great company and meeting lots of new customers who have promised to look out for Stimulatte at future events. Plenty of coffee was served and even more tea than usual. As always, my smooth latte was the clear winner, however my new option of Hong Kongese yeun-yueng (ying-yong) half tea, half coffee topped with evaporated milk proved to be of interest to a number of customers. Food wise, the highlight has to go to Toby Tupper, owner of Crackle and Jam ltd. His take on hog roast is sublime. Now, anybody that knows me, will know that I’m a big foody and I’ve always been a big fan of anything BBQ and hog roast related, so I have high expectations. However, Toby did not disappoint. The fact that he is actually a properly trained and very experienced chef shows through in his preparation and presentation. His bbq hog was flavoured to perfection and not watery like a lot of lesser hog roasts, therefore my fresh, soft bread bun actually stayed bun shaped and didn’t turn into a mushy mess.. Toby – I salute you and cant wait to cross paths with you again at future events.
If you have any comments or questions, or would like to enquire about having Stimulatte visit your next event, please feel free to get in touch. We’d love to hear from you.