To celebrate British Flowers Week (13th – 19th June), award-winning Hampshire florist and flower school owner, Jay Archer Floral Design, has teamed up with Winchester’s most talked about food and drink event organisers, Cabinet Rooms, to create a tantalising range of cocktails using locally grown and foraged flowers.
Floral enthusiasts and cocktails lovers will have the chance to sample the botanical creations at a one-off tasting event inspired by Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”.
Some Enchanted Evening: A Celebration of British Flowers & Midsummer Cocktails will take place on Wednesday 15th June from 6:30pm-8:30pm, at the River Cottage Canteen in Winchester.
Surrounded by the seductive sights and smells of a midsummer garden, guests will learn how to choose and arrange the best seasonal blooms, pick up tips on ‘growing your own’, and how to use flowers and herbs to create delicious cocktails, syrups, and cordials.
Tickets cost £30.00 and include three cocktails mixed by Cabinet Rooms’ Gary and Marcus, the brains behind Winchester Cocktail Week and Ginchester.
British Flowers Week is the annual celebration of seasonal, locally-grown flowers and foliage that aims to raise awareness of the UK flower industry.
This year, Jay wants to ‘up the ante’ and spread awareness to a new audience: “I was looking for a way to get more people talking about British flowers, to enthuse and educate, but in a fun, informal setting.
She continues: “I’m a big fan of using flowers in cooking, and after hearing so much about Marcus and Gary’s events and mixology talents, a midsummer cocktail tasting seemed just the ticket.”
Gary and Marcus say: “A sense of discovery is at the core of what we do so we naturally jumped at the chance to work with Jay for British Flowers Week. We are very excited to help her bring a touch of midsummer magic to Winchester at this deliciously floral event!”
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