Bolton Food and Drink Festival and The Great British Spiced Choc

Bolton Food and Drink Festival and The Great British Spiced Choc Its a while since Ive written anything because we have had quite a busy few weeks - which is a good thing!
After a lovely break in Crete In June we had quite a busy time with local markets and events. This included the first Bolton Artisan Market , held at Heaton Fold Garden Centre every 3rd Sunday- we were very happy to be included in this and believe it is the beginnings of a great local artisan market - come and see us.
Smithills Hall Garden Party was wonderfully organised with fantastic stalls, Bolton FM , Birds of Prey, donkeys from Smithills open farm and a Giant Peach! Sadly it rained on the day which didnt stop the people of Bolton turning out in their hundreds - hoe we are welcomed back next year.
We were very excited to be trading at Bolton Food and Drink Festival- the festival was celebrating its 10th year and was a resounding success with over 200,000 visitors- I think most of them called at our stall, we were up until 3am on the Saturday making fresh chocolates . We had a great time and loved meeting some of our followers from Facebook and Twitter and really grateful to get their feedback and photos of the chocolates they had enjoyed.
In the quiet (!) period when we were preparing for the festival , a competition came to my notice The great British Spiced Chocolate Challenge - I can never resist a challenge so thought I would give it a go.
Seasoned Pioneers are a spice company located on the Wirral and were supplying 5 free spices for chocolatiers to use in creating a new spiced chocolate. I asked for Ginger, Cardamom , cinnamon , nutmeg and star anise.
For me smells are really evocative and although Star Anise was my wild card ( I had ideas for the others) when I smelt it such a vivid memory was triggered that I had to use it. Also to arrive on the same day were some PowerFlowers- these can used to colour chocolate- so in keeping with my memory I used the fuchsia pink combined with the Star Anise to create our GBSCC spicy chocolate entry Pink Passion.
We are very excited to be through to the semi finals on the 16th October at Chocolate Week in London .
We have the chance to go through to the finals on Saturday 17th October and to have our chocolate for sale in Selfridges.
This time last year our company wasnt even registered, I am amazed how far we have come but thrilled with our progress .Fingers crossed for the semi finals !


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