On Sunday 1st December Chin Chin were at the Thurmaston Christmas lights switch on run by the lovely Dawn and Alan ( left 2 in the picture) and the Thurmaston Scouts and Guides.
Everyone did a great job organising all the stalls and rides and Melton Road and the Memorial Hall were heaving by 3pm.
There was food and drink, stalls and rides and lots of fundraising for the scouts and guides groups.
Here's a pic of the organisers and helpers trying our our wares before the rush. The feedback on our mulled cider was really good!
Well done guys....See you all next year!
On Friday night , 29th November we were asked to provide our bar services at the Borrowash Christmas lights switch on event.
This is a Borrowash community group event and has only been running 4 years but what a great job they are doing.
The crowds came out on a crisp , cold evening to sample the food stalls of wood fired pizza, hog roast , burgers and hot chocolate. There was a brass band, fire performers and carols plus craft stalls and tombolas.
Chin Chin of course were providing the alcoholic drinks. Our customers loved our mulled wine and warming mulled cider. Our tots of spiced rum, toffee apple liqueur and amaretto in the mulled cider went down a treat , with some customers trying more than one!
It was a great night, enjoyed by all....so see you all next year!
On Saturday November 23rd Chin Chin and us were at the beautiful Northamptonshire village of Higham Ferrers for their hugely popular annual Christmas Sparkle.
We were really worried mid week as the forecast was for heavy rain and as Chin Chin is open on 3 sides this can often be a problem. As it turned out the rain held off until 4pm and even then it didn't dampen the atmosphere.
We set off at 5am in the rain though and it only stopped as we arrived at the event. It was a fairly quiet start until around 11 when we had a few orders for our mulled wine & mulled cider. After 1pm it was all hands on deck as we never stopped all day.
We're serving our mulled cider with an optional twist this year....an addition of a shot of rums , liqueurs and spirits. Here at Chin Chin HQ we have been trying them out for a couple of months ( in the name of research of course lol) and narrowed it down to around 8 that sit perfectly with the delicious flavour of the mulled cider.
Come and see us at one of our Christmas events and try them for yourself, black spiced rum, creme caramel liqueur, toffee apple liqueur, fig, honey & cinnamon liqueur plus lots more.....See you soon!
I was really looking forward to the cycling event we had booked in for late September. I've been through Wetherby before and always thought how nice it looked for a weekend but never stopped there.
We had a steady flow of customers all morning as the weather was gorgeous. I went off at 1.30 and left my friend in charge as I wanted to see the cyclists come through. The first 3 went past in the blink of an eye!
After the cycling had finished we had crowds arrive on the bar & we had queues for a while for the prosecco and gins. It was a great atmosphere and Wetherby Council and Jackie the organiser of our event did a great job.
Again in September we were at the lovely wedding of Alex and Adam on the edge of the Peak District.
It was a beautiful setting on a farm , very high up in stunning countryside. They had a huge tipi tent set up with lovely touches inside and out arranged by Alex's sister and friends I believe, they did a great job.
It was very tasteful.
We provided the welcome drinks to the guests after the ceremony and a few drinks before the food was served.
After the picnic food the evening guests arrived and the band started up. The drinks started flowing then with a particular group of young men drinking us dry of spiced rum!(lol)
A lovely wedding , with lovely people in a lovely setting. What more could you ask for.
Early September saw us taking Chin Chin to Lutterworth to help Mark, Jack & Fran celebrate their birthday's with a joint birthday party. It was a fairly last minute booking as they were thinking of providing the bar themselves but realised it would be much easier to get a professional, fun bar in to take care of everything so they could all just relax and enjoy the night.
The party was on the cricket field in the village and most of the villagers were invited. There was singing, dancing, food and drink ( they loved our variety of 80+ gins). Everyone had a great time and it went on longer than expected as it was such a good party.
I couldn't get " Cotton Eye Joe" out of my head for weeks!
Happy birthday to you all and hope to see you all again as we will be the bar for your parties anytime....we had a blast!
Mid August saw us at Southwell Racecourse for their Ladies Day which was rather entertaning!
Around 9000 people converged on the course , mainly groups of ladies dressed up to the nines and out for a good time.....they found us!
Our selection of Gins went down a storm and we had queues all day. Every order was different from salted toffee to apple and lavender, you never know what people will order.
The day was topped off by Elvis, well a look a likey but he sounded good to me.
We all had a blast and can't wait for the next one.
The first week in August saw us attending a 1940's weekend in Market Harborough. The weather was fine and it was really interesting.
We had a really interesting chat with Dave from 1940sradio.com ...you learn new stuff every day!
There were lots of big boy's toys ( tanks, cars etc), singing and music, WW2 re-enactors, trade stands, vintage fashions and food & drink.
We tried out a few new gins as we have started buying from a lot more small producers and the hit of the day was black tomato gin!
The last Sunday in July saw us again with Charlotte, Joseph and the Jiveswing crowd. Wow! what a fantastic event.
The day started with rain and didn't look too promising but by lunchtime the sun was out, crowds were arriving , the music was on and the dancers were off!
Rachel and I had queues all afternoon and never saw a thing ...good and bad I guess.
Watford loved our selection of 80+ Gins and people were coming back and trying different ones a few times.
Thanks also to Helen and Watford Borough Council for supporting this fantastic well attended event.
The locals clearly love Jiveswing as do we!
See you all next year Watford.