On Friday evening I was transported into the future by shape-shifting aliens who had the knowledge of worm-hole technology…ok not really. But I was at Number 1 Angel Place, the Manchester home of Co-operative Food and that was just as good.
What happens when you put a load of north-west bloggers who don’t get to see each other that often in a room with copious amount of sugar and prosecco? I would tell you the answer, but I may have to kill you. Let’s just say that it involved sending tweets to someone sat less than 1 yard from me saying “I’M BEHIND YOU!” and discussions on just how many glasses of prosecco we could nail in half an hour (in the end, the weary waiter didn’t even bother asking and just topped us up).
We did also try out some of the Co-op’s new range of Christmas wares, watch a cooking demonstration of some of their new desserts and listen to some incredible bloggers, such as the gorgeous Jo Middleton of Slummy Single Mummy and Jordan McDowell of fashionrambler.com. And eat cheese and biscuits. Lots of it.
During the cooking demonstration, we had the opportunity to try some delicious new desserts and snacks, including different flavours of popcorn and different types of brownies. My absolute favourite of these were the chilli brownies. I’m a big fan of chilli – and these had a real kick which you didn’t realise was there until roughly 30 seconds after eating them. Amazing.
The room was dotted with the Co-op’s latest range of Christmas goodies, including a Christmas Chocolate Toolbox which I thought would make a great stocking filler for my little ones. The Champagne Truffles also looked particularly delectable and would make a great after-dinner coffee accompaniment on Christmas Day (MINE! ALL MINE!!).
I was generally impressed with their range of cakes and desserts, too, which obviously I ate a lot of during the evening (I was going straight out for a meal afterwards, too – Fatty Expression and Confession). The flower-topped cupcakes were really lovely, and my two girls tried the marshmallow-topped chocolate cupcakes and loved them.
The talks. I did listen, honest. To some of it. I didn’t talk all the way through and top up my glass at all. I certainly did not tweet @TheCooperative “what do you call a fly with no wings? A walk”. That didn’t happen. Or maybe it did in shape-shifting alien world, but in the real world, I was a picture of decorum, happily jotting down notes and making a useful task list which would aid the development of my blog in the future.
The one thing that did register in my mind was one of Jo Middleton’s 16 questions: “why did you start this blog in the first place?”. That’s one I’ll be reflecting on. I’ve been blogging for nearly 2 years and it will be a good exercise for me to
think about what I’m actually doing for once refresh my intentions regarding my blog.
This was a great event for bloggers in the North West and a great chance to try some good quality food. We do often shop for bits and pieces at the Co-operative. It’s handy as there’s a couple of stores in our area and I find them accessible – I wouldn’t do my full weekly shop there but definitely a ‘top up’ shop. I’ll be more interested in their Christmas ranges and desserts in the future.
Disclaimer: I was invited to this event by Co-operative Food but was under no obligation to write this review. All opinions expressed are my own.