What we have been up to?
On Sunday 22nd May we catered at a food festival at Sneinton Market. Everything was going delightfully smoothly: the oven was at the right temperature, the toppings were all prepared, the dough balls were beautifully lined up in their tray…and what did I do? I dropped the first pizza on the floor. Oops! Our first customer of the day ordered a margherita for her son and as I manoeuvred the pizza out of the oven it slipped straight off the peel and onto the floor: splat. Naturally, it landed topping side down, causing a tomato and cheese explosion at my feet. Thankfully, after that faux pas, the rest of the day went really well and we were happily serving pizzas throughout the afternoon. We were even interviewed for Notts TV and appeared on it later that evening!
The following weekend we were at Hoveringham Tractor Rally. Around 2000 people attended and the event raised an impressive £5800 to be donated to the Air Ambulance and another local cause. The Hoveringham Tractor Rally is an annual event that Tom’s father has been involved in organising for many years, so it was lovely to be able to trade there this year and see lots of familiar faces.
Our next event was at a local riding club in Lowdham where we provided pizzas for the competitors and judges. All of the riders had clearly enjoyed the day and had worked up an appetite!
The weekend after this was REALLY busy! On the Friday we catered for the Ploughing Match social evening in Farnsfield, attended by Young Farmers and other people who are involved in all things agricultural. It started off as a bit of a mud bath, but fortunately the rain subsided and 180 pizzas were successfully prepared, cooked and eaten! The next day we had a quick turnaround of the dough trays, washed and tidied the van and packed everything up again ready to go to Northampton Sixfields Stadium to cater for an anniversary party. This was our very first booking, made in August last year, so it felt quite special to us! The evening was great! We served a variety of pizzas ‘buffet style’ from the van and also provided a mixture of side dishes to accompany the pizza slices. We got home at 2:45am, and after a late night the previous evening as well, we were ready to go to bed!
Then finally, our most recent event was Bleasby Primary School’s summer fete. We were one of three traders and the day was a very successful and happy one for all involved. Pupils were a credit to the school and had clearly put a lot of effort into the preparation. As somebody who used to attend dance classes four days a week when I was younger, I particularly enjoyed seeing some of the performances by the dance groups.
All in all, it has been a very enjoyable last month and we are looking forward to the next one with more events in the diary, starting with Bingham Festival this Saturday (9th July)!