Here at Rewired, we love all things food and drink and we were really excited about working on the Taste of the Mailbox. The week-long food and drink festival took place all around the Mailbox with free and ticketed activities and something for every kind of foodie.
The week began in the sunshine in the canal-side sampling hut where Mailbox restaurants created mini portions of their most popular dishes which proved to be perfect for enticing the lunchtime and evening crowds. People were treated to delicious treats ranging from mini afternoon tea, popcorn to juicy burgers – showcasing the range of food that the Mailbox has to offer.
Kicking off the weekend in style on Friday evening was the Taste of the Mailbox Food Tour where 12 foodies took part in an evening of feasting around the Mailbox. Guests were treated to an aperitif, starter, main and dessert at four restaurants including Harvey Nichols, Gas Street Social, Tom’s Kitchen and Chez Mal. It was the perfect evening of wining and dining around the Mailbox!
The weekend activities included sampling in the Urban Room from a selection of Harvey Nichols food and drinks brands. We loved meeting the creators of Crazy Gin, who were passionate about their brand, even quitting their jobs in the process to pursue their love of gin. It was great to learn about the inspiration behind the gin and how the gin infuses their British Indian culture through the ingredients used.
The following day, wine fans could be found in the Harvey Nichols’ Wine Shop where wine expert, Jane Parkinson from Saturday Kitchen, joined a small group for a wine tasting session. Jane offered her expertise on wine and the group were able to try classic and contemporary wines alongside cheese boards from the Harvey Nichols restaurant. It was a brilliant session where everyone walked away with new wine knowledge as well as their own chosen bottle of wine from the Wine Shop.
Well known for his enviable Instagram food pictures and cooking skills, Lap-fai Lee (aka The Foodist) took over the high-tech kitchens of Kitchen Gallery. The foodies were treated to a masterclass where they learnt how to prepare seafood and create an amazing Asian feast including salmon and cucumber maki rolls, steamed mackerel with pickled chillies, scallops and fragrant king prawn curry. The foodies had the opportunity to learn new skills, use the state-of-the-art Kitchen Gallery appliances (including a steam oven!) and finally tuck in to their creations in the luxury private dining room at Kitchen Gallery.
A special visitor to the Mailbox also made an appearance ahead of their pop up in Harvey Nichols. On Severn Street, The Wilderness’s ice cream van found itself underneath the much photographed Mailbox lamp, serving up cocktails with a twist! Offering up ice cream flavoured cocktails, some of the creations even included ants which were placed delicately on to a lollipop stick. In case you were wondering, they tasted of lemongrass…
Sunday’s activities started at the luxurious Everyman Cinema where guests enjoyed a special one-off screening of Chocolat. Of course, a mimosa and a pot of Belgian chocolates was the perfect accompaniment to the Johnny Depp classic.
Later that evening, cult fine dining restaurant, The Wilderness set up shop in the beautiful Harvey Nichols restaurant where they served up food for a tongue–in-cheek celebration of the traditional English holiday. The sold-out six course dinner was inspired by chef, Alex Claridge’s childhood experiences and included one of their delicious signature dishes, ‘Ants got the tart first’. Those lucky ants!