Newmilns Food Festival – Putting the OO in Food!

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Newmilns is holding its first food festival and we’ll be there! Come along and sample local food and drink in the covered Marketplace, watch some fascinating demonstrations and bring the kids for a great family day out.

Organised by the Newmilns Regeneration Association and supported by local businesses, the Community Food Fund and Awards for All, this FREE to attend Food Festival will showcase the very best of local food and drink. Artisan produce will include: baked goods; locally produced meats; ice cream; cheese; spreads; jams and chutneys; sweet treats; craft beers and of course our range of fruit-infused liqueurs.

We’ll be there with a range of Scottish gin, whisky, rum and vodka fruit-infused liqueurs, mouthwatering coconut macaroon and heavenly homemade tablet. Come and sample them all at our Sugar & Spice stall in the covered Marketplace.

There will also be street stalls; children’s entertainment; cooking, craft beer and cocktail demonstrations; competitions and the Newmilns Bake Off. A fabulous day out!

The Festival will take place on Saturday 17th September 2016 from 11am at Jamieson Park, Newmilns.

Find all the details here – we are very excited to take part in this event and hope you can make it along!

 

Did you know?

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After last week’s blog about the start of the ice cream season and Geraldo’s 10th birthday I was sitting in my office this morning wondering what to write about next.  So I’ve decided to introduce a weekly (this may be wishful thinking on my part) blog called:

Did you know?

Haven’t a clue what its going to be about but I’m sure if I book myself in for a day spa at Cameron House this week the inspiration will come to me. (Now that’s definitely wishful thinking!)

Here goes for this week’s instalment…

Did you know that Monday is our usual day for stripping down our Mr Whippy ice cream machine?  The whole process takes about an hour or so, all the parts are sterilised and lubricated then the machine is filled again with fresh ice cream; Geraldo’s ice cream, of course, and we’re the only shop in Largs who puts fresh ice cream in our Mr Whippy machine.  Did you know it’s Gluten Free? And did you know we now have Gluten Free cones to serve it in?  Please tell your coeliac friends all about it and they’ll be your BFF!

 

Monday is also a day for stock orders and Bon Bons is usually first on my list.  Did you know we stock over 100 different flavours of traditional hand packed sweets from Bon Bons? They also supply us with their melt in the mouth fudge, giant chocolate slabs, gourmet mallows and gorgeous gift bags filled with retro sweets, cinder toffee and flying saucers.

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After a busy weekend with lots of visitors to Largs, did you know that the days following a busy period is when most small business owners like me start preparing for the next one?  After all the stock orders for the week ahead are done, there’s admin, banking, accounting, payroll, staff rotas, forward planning, website updates, marketing…..the list is long but if the business is going to be ready for the next instalment of good weather and lots of visitors, we have to be organised and prepared for it.

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Despite all of this, did you know Monday is my favourite day of the week?  I like it even more if I’ve had a busy weekend.  It’s a real shame for those of you who don’t enjoy, sorry LOVE, what you do, dread Monday mornings and the idea of going back to work.  For someone like me who, 15 years ago didn’t like the idea of starting a business in Largs one little bit, did you know I absolutely love it here.

Have a great week everyone and keep your fingers crossed for me that I manage that well-deserved spa day.  I’ll let you know next week!

Toni x