Oh frabjous day, what a Wednesday to be alive! As you may have guessed from the title, we have our first confirmed event, and as befits a Beast of Leamington it is the food festival right here in town. The festival itself is on the 10th and 11th of September, so no need to clear your diaries just yet, but pencil in the weekend if you’re anywhere nearby, not just to see us (although clearly that would be your prime motivation), but also to come and delight in this rather lovely Warwickshire town and to sample the other local food and drink offerings.
This means that by September at the latest we need to be ready. I like the feeling of having a clear goal, it should make the to-do lists a little more finite. It does, of course, throw up some interesting questions: What will we serve foodies on the go? The average Leamington Food Festival goer will need to be wooed especially sweetly. Luckily I know a man equal to the task. We must now embark on the final push before the process of selling begins, and an optimistic approach tells me that everything will work out perfectly.
Allow me to impart three excellent reasons for my positive outlook:
1. The 2011 Royal Leamington Spa food festival.
2. Barny was on the radio again this morning, in his capacity as “a chef”. BBC Coventry and Warwickshire have now had him on three times. He has declared himself famous.
3. Off to see my 2 year old niece on Friday. We have not quite convinced her to say “Jabberwocky” yet, but her favourite vehicle is definitely the “Uncle Barny Bus”.
So, the universal recipe for happiness includes celebrity culture, eating and large gas-guzzling transportation devices. I think we can all take some valuable life lessons away from that.