My Visit to Lomond Shores SpringFest 2017 Event

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Location

Loch Lomond Shores
Ben Lomond Way
Balloch
G83 8QL

Website

www.lochlomondshores.com

Visit Date

Sunday 2nd April 2017

I have been visiting Lomond Shores a lot this year, its a really relaxing place and its a nice day out.

On April 1st and 2nd they were holding their SpringFest event, this event has many many stalls food, drink etc so this is one event I couldn’t miss.

I was going with a group of friends, most who had never seen Lomond Shores and they were looking forward to seeing it. We aimed to get the train from Glasgow Central as this is a nice way to travel here, and it only takes about 50-55 minutes.

On arrival at Central Station we were told that the lines to Balloch were getting replaced, and a bus service was put on for this. This bus service would take about 1 hour and 50 mins, so we knew we were in for a long trip…on the plus side the train would be back on for the return to Glasgow.

Anyway enough of the trip and now to the event….

SpringFest 2017 :

I had three stalls I really wanted to visit at SpringFest 2017 they were :

  1. Funky Fudge
  2. Island Slice Rum
  3. All Things Nice Food

Two of the above I had seen at the last Lomond Shores event, but Island Slice Rum I had recently seen on Facebook and since I like rum had to check them out to see what they offer.

On arrival I could see there were A LOT more stall than the previous time, this was great to see and tons of people walking about so I was happy it was as busy as this for all the stalls and Lomond Shores.

There were lots of stalls here today, so I won’t bored you and do a full run down but what I will do is talk about the main ones I visited.

Funky Fudge :

Twitter : @funkyfudge_uk
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This was a must to visit, as I really liked chatting to the guys last time and really liked the fudge.

This time round I wanted to try some of the other flavours, but the Billionaire Fudge I had to get again as it was my favourite from the last time.

They had a few new flavours for me to try, and the most recent new one was Lemonade so I thought I would get that one plus a few others.

This visit I purchased 10, but I will talk about my favourites out the 10.

  1. Billionaire Fudge
  2. Rockyroad Fudge
  3. Mars Fudge
  4. Malteser Fudge

The above 4 are now my top fav’s from Funky Fudge, and these are ones I will get next time I see them.

Do check them out if you see them at any events.

Island Slice :

Websitewww.islandslice.co.uk
FacebookIsland Slice
Twitter@islandslicerum

I had seen a few Instagram and Facebook mentions about Island Slice, and then spotted that they were going to be at this event so I added them as one my 100% must check out stalls.

As you know I have been doing a lot of Rum Club Promotions when Sugar Dumplin (Glasgow) was open, and now about to start promoting a new Glasgow Rum Club so I had to buy some of Island Slice products to sample.

I decided to go for the pack today which contained the following :

  • Caribbean Rum Fusion
  • Caribbean Wine Fusion
  • Funky Island Slice Glass

I tried the samples today of both the above and liked both, so I got this today to try at home.

Caribbean Rum Fusion :  This is my favourite out the two fusions, it just tastes right, had a nice after taste and you want more. It’s not a strong flavour, and the spices add a nice flavour.

Caribbean Wine Fusion : For me this is ok, its got an ok taste but one that I couldn’t drink a lot of where as the Rum one I could.

I really liked these and will get more next time I see these guys, both drinks were very refreshing and my favourite was the Caribbean Rum Fusion one

All Things Nice Food :

Websitewww.allthingsnicefood.co.uk
Twitter : @allthingsnicefo

I visited this company at the last Lomond Shore event, and just like the Funky Fudge and Island Slice I had to come back and try some Jam this time round as I got a Salted Caramel Sauce.

Just like last time we got talking, and again had a nice chat. Today I got a marmalade for my Gran and a Jam for myself.

The Jam I got today was “Strawberry and Cracked Black Pepper Jam”, at the time of writing this post I have not tried it yet as I am working my way through the Fudge, the Rum etc etc etc but I will add a little update when I do.

The Great British Cheese Company :

Websitegbcheese.co.uk
Twitter : @GBCheeseCo

I had never heard of this company till today, I like cheese mostly strong flavours so I thought I would stop say hi and see what they had to offer….not expecting to buy anything.

I got chatting to the guys here, and they allowed me to sample a few cheeses on display.

All the cheeses I tried I liked but one stood out from the rest, this cheese was “The Drunken Monk”

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The description for this cheese is “Mature cheddar with caramelised red onion and red wine”

The flavour of this was nice, a little strong but not too strong so it was perfect for me.

Lunch : 

So for lunch I wanted a burger, and there were a lot of burger places but one place caught my eye. I think the company was called “The King of Cattle”

The burger I had was one they were promoting today “Haggis Burger with whisky cream sauce”

This was a very very good burger, flavours were good and the burger was perfectly cooked and tasted nice. I would have this again, if I saw them at the next event.

Other Stalls….

As I said I won’t tell you about every stall the above were my favourites of the day. Below are a few more that stuck out for me

Whisky and Spice : Fraiser’s of Scotland

I am not a fan of Whisky, the taste, smell it just doesn’t do anything for me. I saw this was flavoured so when I stopped at this stall, and the guy offered me a sample I thought ok lets see.

This was nice and pleasant, I am not sure if I could pay for a bottle as it was nice but still in my head its whiskey…..I think I will stick with my rum but for a whisky I did like it.

Loch Lomond Brewery : 

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Websitewww.lochlomondbrewery.com

Today was a nice day, and after my burger a beer was needed and luckily we found a stall that did beers.

These beers are a nice light beer, that today since it was warm was very refreshing.

Chrystals Shortbread : 

Website : chrystalsshortbread.co.uk
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I really like Shortbread, and normally its very hit or miss when you buy some.

I decided to stop at Chrystals Shortbread table and try a sample, instantly I knew this was good and i had to purchase some.

For me this was some of the best Shortbread I have tasted in a long time, its texture was perfect not soft not hard just right and its taste was really sweet and nice.

I will be buying more next time I see Chrystal.

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Overall :

As I said there were many stalls and the above are just a few that stood out for me. Today was a really nice and fun day, and I got to spend it with friends who saw Lomond Shores for the first time.

I felt very relaxed again today, and probably spent too much but hey it was a great fun filled day and I can’t wait for the next one.

Follow Lomond Shores on Facebook etc to find out when the next event is, and you can try some of these products for yourself.

I will be going to the next one later this year, and probably come back to Lomond Shores to try the cruise.

Glasgow Rum Club : Coming Soon

RUM CLUB

Hey,

I am helping promote the return of the Glasgow monthly Rum Club.

If you didn’t know Glasgow had one ,there was a regular Rum Club all of 2016. It was held at the now closed Sugar Dumplin, so now we have a new location.

The date of these events are still TBC, but we are thinking on a Tuesday evening and either the last Tuesday of the month or the 1st Tuesday.

We have a fantastic and passionate host, who will teach you about different rums and give you a good laugh at the same time.

The Club:

Location : TBC (Trongate Area)
Time :  TBC

  • The cost is £10 on arrival, so you don’t need to worry about loosing any money…just pay at the door.
  • Learn how rum is made
  • You will taste and learn each month, a different selection of rums and the history.
  • Food to nibble on while you taste and learn.

The events last year had a good following, and everyone that attended loved the tasting, met new people and most importantly had a laugh and an enjoyable time.

Sound good? then keep watching my tweets, posts etc

Revolution de Cuba Glasgow Bloggers Pre Launch Event

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Revolution De Cuba Rum Bar and Cantina
Culzean House, 28-36 Renfield Street,
Glasgow, G2 1LU

Opening Times : 

Sunday – Thursday 11am – 12am
Friday & Saturday 11am – 1am

Websitewww.revoluciondecuba.com/bar/glasgow/

Event Date : Wednesday 14th December 2016

I was recently lucky to be invited to Glasgows new restaurants, I had seen a lot of promotion for Revolution de Cuba on Facebook and Twitter so I was looking forward to trying it and now with this invite I get to see it first.

When I got invited I was asked for my address so they could send the personal invite out, I had forgotten about this till I came home from work and saw I had a small package. My first thought was “what have I ordered on Amazon” and then I opened it.

This was the invite, a biscuit! This for me this was a really nice touch and a tasty touch. Going by what I have read and heard from other bloggers, I have never heard of a biscuit invite. As you can see its very detailed, and very cool looking….its was gone that day 🙂

Biscuiteers : www.biscuiteers.com

Event Details : 

The invite mentioned

  • Cocktails
  • Canapés
  • Christmas gift making from the development chef
  • Rum club

To me this sounded like a nicely planned evening.

The Pre Launch night :

I am the type of person that always prefers to be early, than leave last minute and be late. I was the first to arrive, so this gave me a perfect opportunity to take a look about and take some photos.

I was welcomed and shown to a long table, where the night would start. I was then brought a welcome cocktail, and this was very nice I could have had a second.

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Slowly more people started to turn up and sit next to me, I finally got to meet Amy from Amy’s Food Blog @_Dont_Byrne_It_ just like our chats via Twitter Amy is a lovely girl and I look forward to meeting her again. At the table we all introduced ourself and added on Twitter/Instagram etc. and followed back.

The staff then brought over some table nibbles, and all of it was very nice and went down a treat.

Half way through the nibbles, our table was asked to go over to another one for the gift making part.

Gift Making :

On arrival at the table we had a small jar in front of us, and there were several containers with different things inside them….we were soon to learn what each container held.

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Each container held different spices that when combined made a really nice rub to put on meat.

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This was interesting and fun to mix the spices, and another nice little touch allowing us to take a little of tonight away with us.

Once everyone mixed their own spice, we then headed over to another area to do the Rum Club.

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The Rum Club :

Most of you that know me, or follow me on Twitter know I go to a monthly rum club so I was interested how this part would be.

The rums tonight were :

  • Kraken Black Spiced
  • Diplomatico (Reserva Exclusiva)
  • Wood’s Old Navy
  • El Dorado 12
  • Bacardi 8
  • Wray & Nephew

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Two members off staff were hosting this part, and let everyone have a small sample taste of each rum.

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This was a nice touch, and introduced different rums to the group i was with, for me I would have liked a little more detail about each rum but I think due to time constraints this was why it was just a little info.

Food Time :

This one the main part for me that I was looking forward to, as I like to try new places and new food styles.

We were all spoiled from start to finish, and even with the food. An empty table turned to a fully covered table.

I can’t fault any of the food that was served to us, everything was full of flavour and very nice.

I decided I HAD to try a cocktail from their list, to compare it and I spotted my favourite “Pornstar Martini”. This for me is my main favourite as I have had this drink many many times in 2016, so it was now time to try it here.

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The prosecco shot was fine, you cant really go wrong with this. Now for the martini, well….I was very disappointed. The flavours of this were very tangy and citrusy, unlike the other ones I have had that have been nice and smooth this wasn’t.

Previous ones have tasted like the old drink “Um Bongo”. For me this didn’t work, but for someone else it might depends what they like.

Overall :

Overall the event was a great success, everyone I spoke to loved it and had fun. We all made new friends, and enjoyed it from start to finish. Also would like to thank Valentina, our waitress as she was very pleasant and helpful.

The group of girls I got chatting to were all really lovely, I had a great time and due to the laughs and chats it made it extra special. I look forward to meeting them again in the future.

Will I go back? yes, if its anything like tonight then I look forward to going back and even being there when there is live music.

I would like to thank Revolution de Cuba for this invite, and for all the wonderful food and drinks tonight and I will see you soon again 🙂

Overall : 4/5