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03-09-2011, 09:40
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A week on from the festival, and there are few signs it took place in the marquee at the back. First of all, was it successful? Yes - less wastage, more beer sold and 2 fantastic beer & food matching dinners.

There are things I can improve on, and those are being taken into account already. With some very kind offers of help in different areas of promoting the festival, next year looks to be the one that really takes off. I hope so, I think there really is scope for this kind of festival.

For me, these are quite simply the 2 dinners, the menus for which can be found in the previous two blog posts. I'm currently in the kitchen again, covering some staff holiday, and these two events have really got me thinking about the menus in different ways. Match of the entire weekend was a simple one for me - Ysbrid Y Ddraig, a whisky aged IPA, with Stilton. So simple, yet one of those combinations that improves everything about the individual ingredients.

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The second highlight for me came towards the end of the second dinner, which Adrian has written up here (http://maltworms.blogspot.com/2011/08/light-and-dark.html). One of the guests had quietly spoken to me before the meal and had asked for a small glass of wine instead of the beers, as she was only there for her husband. At the end of the night, not a sip had been taken from the wine. It remained completely untouched.

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-5a8oETvfod8/TmFMDsIrgCI/AAAAAAAABXM/ZdKBwmT8B6I/s320/SAM_0222.JPG (http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-5a8oETvfod8/TmFMDsIrgCI/AAAAAAAABXM/ZdKBwmT8B6I/s1600/SAM_0222.JPG)I will certainly be holding these dinners again, and all that remains is for me to thank Pete Brown, Mark Dredge and Adrian Tierney-Jones for making the effort over August Bank Holiday to get to a small market town in the middle of nowhere. Should find something coming through the post shortly to you all.

For pictures and videos from the whole weekend, there is a Picasa album:

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