Followers of my social media channels may have noticed that a few weekends ago, I indulged in a fabulous Food Blogging weekend in Dorset courtesy of HolidayCottages.co.uk. Blog with 13 other food bloggers, I was invited to meet a vast selection of food producers from the local area in Blindfold Forum, Dorset. We were kindly housed for the weekend at the Ranmoor, a huge cottage that can cater for 16 along with 2 small cottages on the same site that can accommodate up to 6 people each.
Friday afternoon saw us arriving in dribs and drabs, touring the enormous cottage and getting to know each other. Miraculously, I was first to arrive – Coming from furthest away, I had set out at the crack of dawn and made the most of my relaxing journey down the country.
It didn’t take us long to delve into the wide selection of food and drink on offer to us – We sampled gin from and Black Cow Vodka which is apparently made from milk. I even surprised myself by enjoying the accompanying cheese from Black Cow – Pretty impressive for a non-cheese lover!
Much hilarity was had over the Cerne Abbas biscuits – The generosity of the local suppliers was really quite overwhelming. The small team from Cerne Abbas were delivering the cookies and beer selection as we arrived. My girls definitely enjoyed their biscuits that we were given to take home.
Our Friday evening meal was provided by Dorset Fine Dining, a Fine Dining company based in Dorset. I’ve never experience fine dining coming to us, when on holiday but now I’ve had a taste of it – I think I’m hooked!
We dined on Beetroot Cured Salmon (pictured), Slow roasted belly of Dorset free range pork & a humungous Chocolate & Mocha Eclair. It was a really lovely night and a great chance to get to know so many of the food bloggers that I regularly chat to, but hadn’t previously met. It was a joy to finally meet Kate from WitwitWoo, Catchup once again with Chris from Thinly Spread, Share a Jack & Jill bathroom with Sus from Rough Measures and discover that Helen from Fuss Free Flavours is not scary in the slightest! Our wine was provided by Furleigh Estate Wines.
Saturday morning saw us pottering around and taking in the sights across the fields (Once the morning fog had cleared). Our first appointment of the day was at Goldhill Organics Farm. An organic vegetable farm where we were given a tour and told all about how it has built up over the years. Their organic veg delivery box is growing in popularity day by day. I just wish we lived nearer so we could place a regular order! It was certainly a bustling place, visitors were coming and going all morning. Of course, no food blogging tour would be complete without a good feed – the team at Goldhill Organics catered for us well with their homegrown chilli and salad.
One of my favourite parts of the weekend was visiting the on site cafe, Tea & Sympathy at Goldhill Organics Farm. I fell in love with the retro charm – aswell as the wonderful Dorset Apple Cake. I chatted with the manager of the cafe who told me that to kit out the whole of the cafe cost only £250.
With full bellies, we headed back to the cottage for yet more food. A team from BethellBridge Bakery Afternoon tea had been busy while we were out and set up the most wonderful table of goodies. Cakes and sandwiches galore.
And so the next morning we all said our goodbyes – Still, no doubt, full from the day before but just managing to squeeze in some leftover colcannon from the night before. Armed with incredible goody bags (I still haven’t opened my bottle of gin from Conker Spirit) we trundled home – Thank you to Becca from Amuse Your Bouche for the lift to the station.
Huge thanks to the team at HolidayCottages.co.uk – The girls must have been exhausted after looking after us all weekend. We thoroughly enjoyed our #HCBloggerTrip!