Last Friday we were at the Taste of Dorset Awards, at The Exchange in Sturminster Newton, and we had a fantastic night. It was wonderful to be surrounded by so many top foodies from Dorset; it was a real who’s who of our local foodie friends.
We sponsored the Best Farm Shop award, which Joanne presented to Lagan Farm Shop, a lovely little farm shop and a well deserved winner. We also got a chance to see two of our friends pick up top awards on the night.
Hot off the back of winning two Great Taste Awards, Louise Trowbridge, founder of the Uncommon Pig Company, was awarded Best Food Product for her rare breed, free range Berkshire pork. We’ve been working with Louise from day one and it has been lovely to be part of her journey.
The action didn’t stop there; our friends Nicky, Paul and Brett from The Eastbury, picked up the coveted award for Best Restaurant in Dorset! The Eastbury beat off stiff competition from finalists, The Dining Room in Weymouth, La Fosse in Cranborne and The Walnut Grove in Dorchester to win. We’ve worked with The Eastbury for nearly nine years, and so to see them pick up yet another award for the incredible locally sourced food they serve in the restaurant was a real pleasure.
(And did I mention Joanne was even on the front cover of the awards programme!)
Hundreds will gather, the red carpet is vacuumed, the flutes polished, the chandeliers sparkle, the butterflies flutter and everyone is ready – Great Taste 2012 comes to the Royal Gardens Hotel, London!
The cream of the crop of artisan, speciality and down right dedicated producers will be flocking to the Great Taste 2012 Awards – Bob and John will be hanging onto the golden envelopes, Nigel will have his unique commentary ready, Head Chef Steve Munkley will be at the pass watching every superb morsel on every polished plate. And Charlie and Tortie will count all the guests in (those tickets are as rare as hens’ teeth).
Then, after a Reception, where some of the Top 50 Foods in Britain will be tasted, a fabulous dinner will be served…and that’s as far as I am going for now. By Tuesday 4th September, all will be revealed but that’s a secret between Bob, the judges and those golden envelopes…
As well as all our lovely foodie clients we also work with other fantastic companies and for me that includes Pathfinder Park Homes in Devon. Pathfinder makes the most incredible holiday and residential park homes, but before you start thinking I’m talking about little caravans by the coast, think again.
Pathfinder designs and builds a range of homes, some of which have features including ensuites, Jacuzzi baths, 48-inch flat-screen TVs, a waterproof TV in the bathroom in one home, and huge raised decking areas to enjoy sunsets.
These homes are so beautiful that not only would you want to holiday in them time and again, once you’re inside, you never want to leave – well, that’s how I felt, and I only sat in one on Pathfinder’s car park!
Pathfinder has just built a new home, The High View, a split level home with a raised living area to make the very most out of the view (this feature isn’t as effective in the car park!). The home is stunning and we had great fun creating the waterfall advert for Pathfinder which you can see on the slide show above.
The Pathfinder guys are taking their show on the road this weekend to The Lawns near Hull. They are taking a little taste of Devon with them, so if you are in the area try to stop by and take a look at The High View amongst others. For full details about Pathfinder and The Lawns show, click here.
After the fun and excitement of the Olympics we felt it was time to get back to what we know best at PPR and that of course is food, glorious food!
This week the topic of delicious food has been hot on everybody’s lips. On Monday Liz, who is working with us on a project for Direct from Dorset brought in a homemade and home grown soup with courgettes, potatoes, shallots and Dorset Blue Vinny cheese made with a simple stock and a dash of coriander and cumin – a very welcome guest indeed!
On Wednesday I got in on the action by preparing a warm salad with spinach, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, pine nuts, halloumi and bacon – well I may not have prepared it myself but I ate it and washed up afterwards!
On Thursday Amy whipped up a mushroom risotto with Dorset Down Mushrooms fresh from the farmers’ market, and Roberta enjoyed her third birthday meal out this week!
Finally I asked Nickie what she planned to do for supper this evening – and as one of our true foodies, I was shocked to hear it’s pizza and nachos with lots of cheese and guacamole in front of the new Mission Impossible film – but then hey, what are Fridays for!
And so it has begun. Seven years of meticulous planning and a frenzied few months of organising venues and resources all came to a climax on Friday evening as the 2012 Summer Olympics were formally opened at the Olympic Stadium in London and it couldn’t have been better!
The three-hour ceremony was an elaborate tribute to British culture, showcasing our rich history and highlighting the crème de la crème of our cultural artifacts. The spectacular show, crafted by Danny Boyle was a roaring success, demonstrating what it is to be a Brit, from a parachuting stunt-monarch to the hilarious cameo of one of our best comedy exports Mr. Bean as he led the London Symphonic Orchestra in a comical rendition of ‘Chariots of Fire’.
Boyle took the audience through an interactive timeline of British history, playfully representing the British countryside (something that got us at Positive PR very excited!) and pushing forward with a powerful display of the Industrial Revolution, the Suffragettes, a tribute to the NHS, characters from literature and a performance of the musical youth, before Paul McCartney rounded off the show after the Olympic cauldron was lit.
The show was an incredible success, not just for Boyle, but for Britain as we shocked, excited and entertained our global audience on Friday night.
The ceremony wasn’t contained to the Olympic Stadium either. Venues across the country screened the event and Nickie took full advantage. She and her family travelled to Weymouth to watch the ceremony on the beach, before watching a great display of lights as torches were carried into the sea to mark the opening of the games.
The London 2012 Olympics look to be one of the most electrifying the world has ever seen. Britain has once again set the bar, so let the games begin!
For almost two years Positive PR has been working with Badger Ales to bring the first ever beer garden to Hampton Court Palace Flower Show – and now all the cameras have flashed, the last visitor has left and the Badger Paw Prints have been safely stored away!
The Badger Beer Garden was designed by Flemons Warland Design, the construction team was Landform, and more than a little help came from students from Kingston Maurward College in Dorset. Anna, Laurence and Rachel made up the Badger team, and our Positive PR team included Nickie, Joanne and even Joanne’s husband Martin who all turned into gardeners to help the garden take shape. From shovelling earth to pouring beer into the ‘wall of beer’ feature, to carefully stroking meadow grass – each day was packed from dawn to dusk. Laurence built amazing fences. A cricket pavilion became Badger Headquarters and there was a constant flow of camera crews, journalists, and thousands of visitors through the garden. It gave us loads of clips, pics and updates for twitter, facebook and Instagram – and with thousands of beer bottles to open and taste – it was a case of bottoms up to Badger!
They say Rome wasn’t built in a day and all told from conception to manifestation the Badger Beer Garden took approximately 663 days to create – but with lots of press coverage achieved, over 50,000 samples of delicious Badger Ales served, a Silver Gilt medal for the garden, and two appearances on the BBC with Monty Don enjoying a bottle of Badger whilst presenting – it was definitely worth it!