The Anno team are very busy over the next few weeks, out and about - come see us at:
26/04 – Macknade Fine Foods Tasting, Faversham
30/04 – West Kent B2B Event, Tonbridge
03/05-05/05 - Brighton Foodies Festival, Brighton and Hove Lawns on the Seafront
14/05-17/05 – Spirit of Summer, Olympia - London
The 2014 show season has started! This weekend we headed over to the most easterly point of Kent, to the Broadstairs Spring Food Festival in Pierremont Park. The weather was a bit of a hit and miss with some heavy rain, but people weren’t put off by the English weather, travelling from far and wide to visit. Lucky for us, we were inside the play school hiding from the weather. However, this did mean a few people didn’t see us- sorry to those that missed us, but don’t forget The Bottleneck on Charlotte Street, Broadstairs stock us too!
Finally after a busy Christmas we have been able to get back to some state of normality and welcome our first guests into the distillery. Bearsted Round Table were the lucky ones, taking part in Anno’s first distillery tour and tasting. I can definitely report that it was a brilliant success with lots of happy faces, merry laughter after tasting a variety of gins and even more bottles to take home with them. More tour dates and information are to appear on the website next week, so we hope to see you all soon!
Andy and Kim had been handed the challenging task of judging the Sloe Gin Competition of the Pilot Inn, Dungeness. Admittedly the weather could have been better as we drove in the torrential rain out to the east coast of Kent, but when we opened the inn door to be greeted by sounds of laugher and smells of delicious fish and chips emanating from the kitchen, it was a journey worth making! Over twenty sloe gins had been entered into the competition, with different degrees of success (one even dying our lips bright red due to the food colouring!). Winners were announced with increased celebrations as we got to 1st place, much Anno Kent Dry Gin was consumed and Kim was even lucky enough to munch her way through some fish and chips!
The Anno Team are now back in the distillery and all orders from the past week are being processed today and may even be with you tomorrow! Enjoy!
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all! The distillery is now closed until the 6th January, but please remember all of our stockists are listed online if you need to grab a bottle of Anno for extra festive cheer!
Everything is manic in the distillery and we are here, there and everywhere! We had two very successful, major events in London at the BBC Good Food Show in their Small Producers Village and at the Spirit of Christmas, and I can definitely say I am now in the Christmas spirit! Olympia was transformed into a winter wonderland for all those looking for interesting Christmas gifts. Liquid Pleasure on Tenterden High Street was bombarded by those after some Anno Gin for their Christmas Tables at Late Night Shopping on Thursday. Plus the Secret Cellar in Tunbridge Wells have Anno Gin as the managers choice at their Grand Christmas Tastings. Get your Anno Gin on order now- not that many days of deliveries left and I can’t wait for the Christmas break!
Anno took centre stage at Charlotte’s Bistro this week. We educated attendees of Monday night’s Gin School about the excellence that Kentish Gin has to offer. Anno Kent Dry Gin was sipped neat with samphire as we talked through how Patience, our 300-litre copper pot still, works her magic on 16 fantastic botanicals including our local flavours to give a wonderful Kentish twist. Guests then joined us for an Anno cocktail.
Great news… The Anno website shop is now up and running and we have already taken our first web-sale! Get your order of Anno Kent Dry Gin processed before the Christmas rush.