Thursday, 7 July 2016

An Elderflower evening.....

What a treat . An evening at the Small World Theatre ,  about elder flowers.
It began with a meet and great at the theatre,  we were introduced to the beautiful expert forager, Jade Mellor, artisan brewer and artist Jacob Whittaker, and renown storyteller and illustrator Peter Stephenson.
We then continued with a walk and forage around Cardigan . Where Jade would stop and gather many types of wild foraged food and explain their uses and how to identify them, accompanied by Jacobs expertise.
 Peter would tell many dazzling stories about the history, magic and superstitions of the
Elder flower.
Plus we were spoilt with Jacobs knowledge and tips on brewing, wine making and plants to use around Cardigan. Jacobs cat Beauty even decided to make a guest appearance, giving the evening another dash of magic !
After the walk, talk, foraging, stories and lovely advice, everyone headed back to the theatres professional kitchen, where all helped make elderflower champagne, with the lovely Jade. We were given one of her beautiful decorative recipe sheets to take home , to make more :) and a bottle of the good stuff itself.
You may recognise Jade as she has featured twice in Country Living magazine and also on Country file, on the tv.
Jacob dazzled us with his elderflower sweets, that is, chocolate coated elderflower brittles, both white and dark, and another delicious nutty one. He showed us what really alcoholic elderflower champagne tasted like, plus gin , beer, and ale too !!
Lots of questions were asked by all who attended and answers were very generously given by Jade, Jacob and Peter. The evening was attended by different ages and abilities and I wouldn't hesitate at recommending it again to anyone .
A truly scrumptious event ! A thouroughly beautiful evening , thank you so much !

The last knit animation