This weekend I’ve been at the Field and Country Fair at the beautiful Cornbury Park in Oxfordshire. Mixology Group, along with another company called Gastrophonic, were running the main bar at the event, and as soon as I was asked to spend my weekend in the Oxfordshire countryside serving cocktails all day I couldn’t say no!
My days started at 6.45, getting ready and heading to our marquee for 8am to set up. The show opened and we were serving up teas and coffees until the first brave person decided it was late enough in the day (I think the earliest was around 10am…now that’s my kind of person!) to start on the cocktails.
Although being on my feet all day was tiring at times, I met so many interesting people and loved getting to know all the visitors of the show, many of whom had great stories to tell and were extremely kind talking about university and what I’m up to myself. Being in a bar all day on a beautiful country estate surrounded by sunshine and chatting away to lots of different people is me in my element!
The show closed to visitors at 6pm, so then it was the traders’ turn to have some fun! Each night all of the other stall holders came over to our bar for great music, great company, and even better drinks…all with discounts of course! We all had quite a few ourselves, with the party going on well past midnight (we were up at 6.45 remember…so 4 or 5 hours sleep before working all day became the norm), and everyone had so much fun!
On the Friday night I got talking to the director of a shooting company where they make guns and have a shooting range in Hertfordshire. They also had a shooting range at the fair, so of course I had to go along and try it out!
I’d never shot a gun in my life and my first shot was absolutely terrible because I was more worried about the gun scaring me when I pulled the trigger. But I enjoyed it so much and I can see how it’s an addictive sport! Me and Leanne, who was also working at the bar and came along to shoot too, both came away with huge smiles on our faces from having hit a few clays and loving our first shooting experience!
At a game fair it would have been wrong to come away without having had tried some game! We’d made friends with the people on another stand and had made a deal to swap our drinks for their food. So each morning we had bacon and wild boar sausage baps, with a selection on offer for lunch and dinner too.
On the first day I decided to try partridge, which is very brave for me, along with some paprika chips, and it was really really nice! I also had the venison burger and the venison asada which were also both amazing. The Shotgun Chef has a restaurant in Epping, I would definitely recommend it to anyone in the area, I’ll be visiting for sure!
I had the best weekend camping at Cornbury Park, working in a stunning bar, and meeting so many lovely people, and it was certainly a great way to get to know the people I’ll be working with over the summer and to see for myself how the Mixology Group events are brought to life.
Having spent one night back home in my own bed, I was then straight to the airport and am now in Mauritius! It doesn’t get much better than that!
In between sipping cocktails, laying on the beach and taking a dip in the pool I’ll be sure to keep you all updated on what I’m up to on this beautiful island.
I hope you all have a great week and that the sun decides to make an appearance in England!
Love Emily x