Posted: 28th April 2016
An enchanting evening is in prospect as an award-winning florist joins forces with Winchester’s most innovative food and drink event organisers.
To celebrate British Flowers Week (13th – 19th June), award-winning Hampshire florist and flower school owner, Jay Archer Floral Design, has teamed up with the Cabinet Rooms to create some tantalising cocktails using locally-grown and foraged flowers.
‘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.
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.
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 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.
Jay explained: “I was looking for a way to get more people talking about British flowers, to enthuse and educate, but in a fun, informal setting.
“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 commented: “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!”