Well where do we start? On Saturday 29th there were no January blues here as we welcomed a host of the most talented chefs from across the UK.
As part of their Northcote Obsession festival experience, Chef of the Year winners; Nick Smith, Tom Swaby and Steve Groves along with Editor of the Caterer, Lisa Jenkins and judge of COTY David Mulcahy came along to visit our farm distillery to gain the full Wild Fox experience!
Our visitors arrived in style by sponsors Porsche and hosted by the lovely Katie from Bowland and Bay luxury foodie tours with her 8 seater Mercedes. As soon as everyone opened the doors we hit it off, we knew it was going to be a great fun day! We shared jokes about the trusty Lancashire weather blowing gusts of highs speed winds as our guest tried to get inside, you can’t write it can you!
Once safely seated, our guests sat in front of our hero still, Ivy, whilst she crafted a batch of Twelve Bore. Rob and I then shared our story, our heritage and our passion whilst sampling our wares to which the comments blew us away. I then offered the chance to taste our spirit straight from the still at 86%, we do this to prove all our flavour comes from the distillation and nothing is added afterwards and to show off how extremely smooth our gin is even at such high proof. This gave a lot of laughs as the advisory ‘drip sample is plenty’ went straight out of the window and our guests started merrily filling their shot glasses!
We then enjoyed traditional butter pies from Hamlets butchers in Garstang and lemon drizzle cake from Mrs Kirkhams cheeses just down the road from us. Michelin star chefs enjoying humble regional offerings is just the kind of company we like to keep.
Smiles on faces, full tummies and warm glows later, we sadly waved our new friends off to carry on their experience day, and what an experience it was. Until next time….