Let’s Make Christmas at Fortnum & Mason
In my previous post, I wrote about the pistachio nuts chocolate truffles I made to bring along to the Let’s Make Christmas Food Bloggers Gift Swap at Fortnum & Mason in London.
There were some seriously good looking gifts from some seriously talented foodies present in Fortnum’s that afternoon! As you will see from Vanessa’s post on the event, there was a bit of a competition for the best gift in four different categories with the overall winner walking away with a hamper from Fortnum’s. My chocolate truffles were not selected (they looked a little sub-standard next to all the beautiful gifts there!) but here are the winning gifts:
Damson schnapps made by Jaynerly won in the drinks/alcohol category
Cranberry & port mincemeat pops made by Orange Thyme blog won in the sweets category
Blackberry curd made by The Botanical Baker won in the preserves/pickles category
Amaretti biscuits made by Claire’s Handmade Cakes won in the baked goods category and was the overall winner
Whilst my truffles didn’t win me anything, I did walk away with Sarah of Maison Cupcake’s Christmas pudding cake pops. I was delighted to have picked these out of almost a hundred different gifts, and yes, they are delicious – I don’t normally even like Christmas pudding!
It was a really fun afternoon with mince pies, cake, coffee and tea laid on by the team at Fortnum and Mason. I caught up with some friends I’d met at other food bloggers events and met others whom I’d been chatting to on twitter. As Vanessa said, we food bloggers are a community – it felt so easy to just chat about food to everyone. But more than that, it simply felt good to share the afternoon with like-minded people.
As Dan Lepard (judge of the winning gifts, award winning baker, food writer and photographer) alluded to before announcing the winners of the Gift Swap, this gathering of food bloggers was a momentous occasion. The U.S. food blogging scene is a few years ahead of the U.K. one in terms of presence within the wider community. Gatherings such as this are more common in the U.S. but if the food bloggers I met at this event are anything to go by, the U.K. may soon be catching up with our fellow food bloggers across the pond.
Thank you to Vanessa for organising a fantastic afternoon and to the team at Fortnum and Mason for hosting the event. Here’s to the next one!
P.S – I don’t know who picked my chocolate truffles to take home that day. If it’s you, I hope you enjoyed them and will try making them this Christmas 🙂