Sadly, we’ve made the decision to cancel ‘A Market on a Plate’, our evening of local food and drink tastings that was planned for 13 September.
Although we’re still convinced it would have been a really good event, we just didn’t sell enough tickets to make it viable. We all felt that, if there weren’t enough people to give it a really buzzy atmosphere, it would be better not to go ahead but to have a rethink.
The Pantry would still like to hold an evening social event based on locally sourced food and drink, perhaps in the spring, but we need to tailor it to what people want. Because we feature only local produce (including wine), the cost of putting on such an event is always going to be higher than if we were to source our menu items from further afield. In fact, to keep the ticket price for ‘A Market on a Plate’ at £15, we decided to subsidise the event using £200 of Pantry funds. Although we would have made a monetary loss, we thought it would be an exciting thing to offer to Pantry-goers, and a little bit different from other social events held in the village.
The regular Pantry markets are very well supported, and always have a great buzz about them, so we’re really interested to learn why this event didn’t appeal to people. We know a lot of people were away at that particular time, but were there other reasons for the low ticket sales? Was it the cost of the tickets? Was the publicity material unclear? Or was it simply the wrong type of event for the village?
If you saw the event advertised but decided not to come, what were your reasons? Would you be interested in a similar event in the future? If not, would your decision be different if the tickets were cheaper? Should we perhaps explore holding a joint event with the Village Hall, where The Pantry supplies the food and the Village Hall supplies the drink? Contact The Pantry and let us know your views.
Posters and leaflets are everywhere now, so there’s no excuse for missing out on what should be a really great foodie night. There’ll be lots of different foods to taste, all supplied by our favourite Pantry suppliers, and lots of local drinks to sample alongside them, together with expert advice on good – and not so good – food and drink pairings. You’ll have fun, learn something new and perhaps make a few surprising discoveries about exactly what food and drink is being produced very close to home. And of course you’ll be able to buy products from the General Store after the tasting.
So do come along and help to make it a really buzzing night.
Incidentally, as this is an expensive event for a small group like ours to put on, The Pantry has decided to subsidise it, to keep the price of the tickets at £15, as we really want to bring something a little bit different to Piddington.
So please support The Pantry by joining us on 13 September, and please encourage anyone you think might be interested about our Market on a Plate to buy a ticket. The more people that come, the better the atmosphere.
See you there!
Posters and leaflets have been distributed, but the best publicity is word of mouth. So please spread the word about this exciting event – get a group of like-minded friends together and have fun sharing the various tasting platters and comparing notes on the different food and drink pairings.
Hope you’re all making the most of this lovely weather. Long may it last. But don’t be sad about the approach of autumn, because it brings an exciting new event to Piddington in the form of The Pantry Food and Wine Extravaganza!
We always try to make each Pantry market a little bit different, but this autumn, instead of our regular market, we’re putting on something really special.
On Saturday 13 September, we’d love you to come and join The Pantry team for a food, wine and beer tasting extravaganza! We’re still working on the details, but it’ll be an evening event, open only to ticket-holders, where you’ll enjoy a food-and-wine-pairing presentation (the ticket price will cover the full tasting plate), meet local producers and do a bit of shopping too.
I’ll let you know more details when I can.