7 February 2016
#TheStableWassail Bloggers Event
This weekend I hosted #TheStableWassail blogger event at The Stable restaurant in Winchester - I was so excited as this was my first Hampshire bloggers event and I've been wanting to do one for ages! Usually bloggers end up going to London for meet ups and events - but I've had feedback from Hampshire bloggers that it would be nice to host a get together closer to home.
The Stable approached me to see if I wanted to organise and host an intimate, casual get together with some of my favourite Hampshire bloggers fuelled by pizza and cider - I immediately knew this was going to be a winner! You can't really go wrong with pizza and cider. We also thought as this is around the time of the year when Wassail celebrations hit the South of England, it was the perfect time to celebrate with some cider tasting. I didn't know what Wassailing was but soon found out that it is a celebration with pagan roots that originated in the South of England - people would dress up, sport floral crowns, paint their faces and spend the evening dancing and singing around apple trees to ask the gods for a successful cider crop. I thought it was such a lovely celebration that we had to get involved!
Although we couldn't fit any apple trees into The Stable, we did source some brilliant local suppliers who brought along their delicious ciders and spoke to us about some interesting facts regarding this scrumptious drink. For example did you know that most ciders we find in supermarkets are actually 70% water? When in reality good authentic cider is pure juice. But there is no way to find out just from reading the label how good your cider is because legal requirements don't call for that kind of description. So if you're a bit of a connoisseur, then always check the brands website for information on what you're actually drinking. We had the pleasure of meeting Tutts Clump Cider and Fosseway Cider from Somerset who produce authentic and delicious cider.
There was so much cider to taste - so much! I couldn't keep up with the suppliers who talked about the different types of cider - my favourites were the dry varieties, I'm not a huge lover of sweet drinks. Wine and cider is better when it's dry! I was so happy to see pizzas come out - I think most bloggers would agree that we needed something to soak up the alcohol! I love pizza from The Stable - it is actually my favourite pizza around. You can read my introductory post about The Stable and the kinds of pizza they have here - be warned, it will make you hungry! We got to sample a new pizza which included curried goat - yum! My favourite pizzas include King Alfreds Catch which is super fishy but one of the most delicious pizzas ever (I never liked fish on pizza before I tried this), and also the Barkham Blues which is a blue cheese pizza with potatoes - it's divine!
The day was so relaxed and gave everyone a chance to catch up and meet other bloggers. I was so happy to catch up with old friends and meet new ones, and I definitely think that I will be doing another Hampshire bloggers meet up soon! Thank you so much to these lovelies for coming and making the day fabulous: Ami from Perks of Being Ami; Becky from Becky Bedbug; Heidi from Heidi Bawden; Jess from Chique Unique Critique; Leigh from Fox and Feather Blog; Lucy from World This Weekend; Pippa from Ballpoints and Biscuits; and Maddie from Mode Madeleine.
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