Made in Essex

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas …. well, Winter, to be more precise.

I thought this weekend was going to be a ‘wish I’d stayed in bed’ kind of event, but that turned out to be completely wrong.

We were at RHS Hyde Hall for the Made in Essex show. The weather was not kind to us on Saturday with howling wind and rain on and off most of the day. I certainly wouldn’t have bothered going out of the house if I didn’t have to, so fair play to everyone who turned up!

Those who did turn up, however, were in a spending mood, and add that to the fact that the show finished at 3pm, it felt like double pay for half a day’s work! Sunday was much better weather, so attendance was a lot higher and we were all in much better spirits once we realised the marquee wasn’t in any danger of taking off! All in all, a good weekend’s work and thank heavens for thermals!

Hilary Delamare

Choctails® was founded by husband and wife team Simon and Hilary Delamare. Simon's suggestion of putting cocktail flavours into chocolate took Hilary's chocolate-making hobby to new heights, until in May 2012, the decision was made to turn the hobby into a full time business. The domestic kitchen became a production factory by day, and the dining room was given up to become a place where hand-made chocolate is crafted

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