Tuesday, 13 March 2012
Last London Vintage Festival at the Horticultural
Shows have been great for us over the years, but no show that we've done has ever rivalled The Sunday Times Wine Club's Vintage Festival held every year since 1980 in the great Royal Horticultural Society Hall, Westminster.
We were only recently stunned to learn that the Hall has now been 99-year leased to Westminster School. Our upcoming 2012 Vintage Festival (April 27-28) will, in fact, be the last show of any kind to be held in that wonderful space.
We went there after our first Festival at the New Kensington Town Hall ended for me in fisticuffs with the drunken Manager. Not a great start.
But once in The Lawrence Hall as it became, things went swimmingly. And swam on in a sea of wine for 32 years.
We would get the odd celeb in too. You won't be surprised to learn Ken Livingston was a good taster. But Ronnie Corbett? Great little palate. 'Dirty Den' from East Enders came a few times to pour wine for his then wife Jane Hickinbotham. But mostly it wasn't a celebby thing... mostly it was just us the winemakers and the wine drinkers. And we all liked it that way.
Well it’s certainly not over. We'll just be in a new hall next year. But if you're an old hand and you fondly remember Vintage Festivals of yore, be sure and get one of the last tickets for the great old Horticultural (Lawrence) Hall.
See you there.
Posted by Tony Laithwaite at 11:11:00 am