At the Devizes Food Festival we always try to promote local food and drink related businesses and this year we branched out into a new field by asking outside catering businesses to provide food for two of the events which we organise ourselves.
For the new Majestic Wine and Food Challenge, all the food was provided by
who are based in Royal Wootton Bassett. Lorraine was very helpful to us in meeting our fairly specific ingredient requirements and coping with last minute changes to numbers. They served the food themselves through the evening at intervals perfectly synchronised with the progression of wines being discussed. Those present certainly enjoyed the result!
For the rejuvenated Cocktail evening we had the challenge of equalling the standard of previous years when the food has been provided by a host of local volunteers.
It was Taste Catering of Devizes who stepped up to this particular plate with a selection of inventive canapes that went down a treat on the night.
Although it isn't possible to cater individually for dietary requirements at such big events, both these providers had a responsible approach to food allergies and provided a variety of ingredients in their offerings.
We will probably repeat the experiment next year.