[This post is part of my paid work with Coventry BID – but obviously I also think it’s nice that they’re continuing to try to do something to help their businesses rather than abandoning them]
This weekend was due to be the Coventry Food Festival. Coinciding with VE Day celebrations, it was going to be a celebration of local food and drink, championing producers, chefs, and some of the great restaurants, bars and cafes across the city.
Obviously it couldn’t happen, but that doesn’t mean that the food and drink scene in Coventry has been forgotten. Plenty of places in the city have adapted to lockdown by offering takeaways – I’ve tried to list some over on this post, while you’ll also find an exhaustive list over on Food Covolution’s blog.
The BID has also been trying to support people. As part of VE Day celebrations, it teamed up with a few Coventry food and drink businesses to help people celebrate at home by offering to deliver their treats to people in Coventry for free.
The gesture saw several businesses provide treats and teas for people across the city – Fratelli Coventry sold hundreds of afternoon teas in a box, while Miss Ellie’s of Coventry provided boxes of cupcakes.
Wicked Cookies offered VE Celebration ‘Afternoon Tea’ cookie boxes and Playwrights Bar & Bistro pulled out all the stops for the whole weekend, offering three days of British menus as well as afternoon tea. I hear they were inundated with orders for some of their British classics like fish and chips and bangers and mash.
As well as the delivery service, the BID has been live-streaming entertainment and demonstrations on its social media pages. On Thursday evening local chef Sophie Hyam cooked a Lord Woolton Pie, a recipe that was created during the war because of rationing, live on Facebook, and on Friday morning wannabe bakers had the opportunity to join in decorating the perfect victoria sponge with the Great British Bake Off’s Karen Wright.
Obviously none of us know how long this is all going to last, but I’m sure any readers of this blog will share my view that it’s more important than ever that we support local food and drink businesses. Head to Cov BID’s Facebook page for more information on stuff they’re doing to help and other competitions and offers.
[Featured image courtesy of Pixabay]