Last week I was very delighted to head to River Cottage in Axminster for a blogger meet up that consisted of a cookery class, a blogging session, fun games and great food!
I took the train from Bristol to Frome, met up with the lovely Kate from Veggie Desserts for a coffee. Then later on we drove south all the way to Axminster with Chris from Thinly Spread and Sus from Rough Measures. It took us about 2 hours to get there. Devon’s nature is absolutely stunning so I really enjoyed the views from my window.
When we arrived to River Cottage HQ, it was raining and a tractor took us all the way down to the farm. The way was muddy and bumpy but it was an interesting experience. The views from the tractor were beautiful, the picture above is actually taken from the tractor.
River Cottage is made famous by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, a celebrity chef, multi award-winning food writer and an author of many great cookbooks.
When we first arrived we had the chance to explore the place, the beautiful organic farms, and the different spaces. We took some pictures and went inside were I met some food bloggers whose blogs I’ve been following, but never got the chance to meet in person before, so it was great! I got to meet Lisa from Lovely Appetite, and Choclette from Tin & Thyme along with many others.
Our evening started with a cooking demo, we were shown how to brine meat and turkey. The demo was very useful and informative and then we got to try the food which was really good. Followed by a game where we had to stick our hands into a cardboard box and guess what was inside, I thought that I figured out what most of the items were but I ended up not winning, so it meant that I didn’t really guess what the items were correct. Then we just stood by the wood burner and chatted until everyone was done.
After that we sat in the farmhouse and had a group session about blogging and collaborations, so many interesting ideas and opinions. We were also introduced to each other, there were around 50 bloggers attending the event so it was really fun meeting everyone!
River Cottage are known for their great organic food, the food was actually to die for! We had a 4 course meal starting with a crispy rabbit and celeriac ravioli with wild mushrooms, the main was cider brined ham, and finally the dessert was honeycomb creme brûlée with apple puree and apple crisps.
There were also many canapés before that, as well as little desserts as as orange chocolate truffles and digestive chocolate thins.
There was also a vegetarian menu for our fellow vegetarian bloggers. We were told that River Cottage don’t really have a set menu, instead they look at what produce is available in their farm on the day and they come up with different dishes from the fresh organic ingredients. The food was extremely delicious and the variety was amazing too.
Lots of catting and socialising, and at around 10-11pm the tractor came back and drove us back to our cars. It was a wonderful evening at River Cottage HQ, a great place to organise special evenings so make sure to check their site out.
Disclosure: I was a guest of River Cottage HQ and Foodies100. All opinions are my own.