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Pop Up Summer Loving

  • 29 Aug 2014

Yes it’s the first of September and summer seems to be drawing to a close, but I can’t help but highlight my summer love for pop ups. Due to the fact that I live in Yorkshire and we are slightly slower off the mark on trends then perhaps elsewhere in the country, these Pop Ups have been quite the highlight of my summer, mostly because they have all been so inspiring.
There seems to be endless creativity – an american diner in a barn, a charity pop up supper club and a Midsummer Nights Dream performance in the grounds of a beautiful stately home. I have never enjoyed Shakespeare so much.

Normally I am girl of routine; favourite coffee shop, my favourite place for dinner and it takes a lot for me to break away from this, but breaking the rules I have been fortunate enough to enjoy some amazing food in unique locations and suddenly Shakespeare made complete sense when enjoyed with a glass of wine and a picnic on a sunny July evening.

The Hale Bale Dinner in Birstwith – an old ‘Pick Your Own’ Strawberry Farm, converted into an American Diner using local produce. Inspired goat’s cheese cheesecake, with a deliciously on trend salted caramel praline for desert. It is the second year Katy had the diner and I believe was a sell out and totally worth the £25 per head meal. Sadly there is no more Hale Bale Diner this year but hopefully next year it will reappear.

Sprite Outdoor Theatre’s production of A Midsummer’s Night Dream was incredible; Hilarious and unusual. Each scene took place in a different location in the grounds of Ripley Castle. All the actors oozed enthusiasm and charisma that made a topic that can be dull or challenging to keep up with, one of my favourite evenings of the year. With a delicious picnic courtesy of my mum, I shared a special evening with my family, dashing with our picnic chairs from scene to scene in a stunning setting. The interval was pudding time and of course we had our faithful brownies!!! As you can see my life revolves very much around food.

The most recent was the Old Swimming Pool Supper Club, which was a charity supper club for two nights although we are all hoping for a follow up event!! My friend Tilly who is a teacher (as her day job) used her summer holidays to do her very own pop up and put her superb culinary skills to great use!! It was a feast; crab crème brulee, lamb tagine and salted caramel chocolate mousse was definitely up there for being my favourite parts. All shared with great friends and in the most idyllic location in East Yorkshire. Perfect ingredients for a great night and it really was.

Love, Lizzie x

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