Second gourmet drinks event goes mad about science at Waddeson Manor

Pull, Brew, Melt 2012 at Waddesdon Manor
Pull, Brew, Melt 2012 at Waddesdon Manor

Buckingham’s Fantastical Espresso Bros will be bringing gourmet coffee, tea and hot chocolate to the masses during the second Pull, Brew and Melt event this weekend.

The two-day free event, which starts on Saturday, September 28, promises to bring a taste of the very finest producers, creators and artisans in their fields, showcasing cutting-edge coffee baristas, tea ceremonies and chocolatier demonstrations.

Pull, Brew, Melt 2012 at Waddesdon Manor

Pull, Brew, Melt 2012 at Waddesdon Manor

The Espresso Bros, aka Elliot Wallis and Alex Redgate of Gyre and Gimble in Buckingham’s High Street, organised the event after disappointment at a similar event in London.

Mr Wallis said: “It was very much artisans like us and people already in the industry patting themselves on the back and we thought, what’s the point of it?

“It wasn’t very inclusive to the general public.

“On that first experience, me, Alex and a few other artisan producers decided to do something away from London and to bring what we do to the masses.”

Pull, Brew, Melt 2012 at Waddesdon Manor

Pull, Brew, Melt 2012 at Waddesdon Manor

As a regular caterer at Waddesdon Manor, Mr Wallis knew it would be the ideal venue and added: “To be fair, last year’s event was chucked together ad hoc.

“We had no budget, but we know Waddesdon Manor had the power to attract people and it was really well received.”

During the weekend, visitors will have the chance to take part in a range of activities, including workshops, seminars, and discussions based around fine food and how to set the senses alive.

The event will have something for the whole family and this year’s show will bring to life the world of 1950s sci-fi, with mad scientists roaming around and creating activity workshops for kids.

A giant ice-cream laboratory and green candyfloss will also be there to satisfy their sweet tooth.

Another new addition for 2013 will be the alcohol section, showcasing local distillers and brewers and the fine art of mixology.

Last year’s inaugural Victorian themd event was attended by just under 4,500 people and raised more than £1,000 for charity.

This year, visitor donations will go Coffee Kids, a charity which works with organisations across South American coffee-producing countries to tackle the root causes of poverty. For more information, visit www.coffeekids.org.

The event will be held in the Glass House, at Waddesdon Plant Centre.

Opening hours are 10.30am until 4.30pm both days.

There is very limited parking at the Plant Centre and visitors arriving to this entrance will be directed to park by parking marshals. Visitors can easily walk from the car park at the manor but there will be free coach transport provided. Normal admission charges will apply to visitors wishing to visit Waddesdon Manor or gardens.