We did it! The Vino Van is officially GO! Yes, our beautiful van has had its very first official outing at the Cheese and Wine Festival in Victory Park, East Village, London. And what a fantastic day it turned out to be.
The one-off event showcased artisan cheese, wine, chutneys, preserves, craft beer and very posh chocolate from over 25 independent makers and sellers, and it drew in the crowds on what proved to be a glorious day in the capital. Along with stalls showing off their wares there were workshops and talks to get to the nitty gritty of cheese and wine pairing. Street food stalls kept everyone happy with everything from cheese burgers and raclette to arancini (little Italian rice balls stuffed with melting cheese – so good).
The event, which was the first of its kind in East Village, was free and very well attended, so there were plenty of thirsty people forming an orderly queue at the pink van – just as we’d hoped. In addition to glasses of Prosecco we served Prosecco Fizz, black raspberry liqueur Chambord topped with fizz and garnished with fresh raspberries – it was a real hit.
As our first official engagement I’m happy to say it was far less nerve-racking than I thought it would be. It was extremely hard work and the day just flew by in a whirl of chatty bubble drinkers. I’d go as far as to say it was a whole lot of fun. But, how can it not be fun – supplying fizz to happy festival goers? I think I’m going to love this job more than I imagined…
So, cheers! Here’s to the very first of many successful outings. See you soon.