So as the season for cooking outdoors comes to an end for the majority of people and as Summer drifts in to Autumn I decided that I was going to have a bit of an end of season party in the garden. As most people who know me are aware when I cook in the garden i don’t just throw a few burgers on the BBQ in the past it has been whole shoulders of pork with various sides for about 75 people while having a live band in the garden, another time turning out about 50 12″ pizzas when I got the new wood oven. I decided that I would make it a charity BBQ and raise some funds for worthwhile causes. We will be raising money for 3 great charities that have personal meaning to myself but that also do amazing work.
Talking2Minds was established in 2008 with the sole purpose of helping those suffering from PTSD or other severe stress related conditions.
The Pilgrim Bandits was established by a small group of Special Forces veterans in 2007 with the sole aim of using our unique training and experience to help and inspire wounded soldiers to live life to the full.
Hope GB Hope GB is a voluntary support group which provides practical help and encouragement for people affected by autism.
I then wondered how best to raise funds for the charities other than donations from guests attending the BBQ for the feast of fine food that I would be serving up. I started messaging people on twitter and facebook and began getting donations of raffle prizes and even of meat for me to actually use at the event. Within a few days I had donations and prizes from the people listed below.
Pork for the pulled pork and other pork goodies is being supplied by
Quiet Waters Farm We are a small, family run, mixed farm in Atherington, in the heart of North Devon.
The Welsh Pig Company Happy pigs are stress-free, looked after with care and given everything they need to live how pigs live best: outdoors, free-range, with plenty of sunshine and stimulation.
Sausages not your average BBQ bangers, all from award winning producers.
Native Breeds Native Breeds are a small Charcuterie based on the Lydney Park Estate in Gloucestershire.
Trealy Farm Local award winning charcuterie based in Penperlleni Monmouthshire.
All BBQ’s need bread in some form but this will not be stodgy white buns this is bread from a world champion Artisan baker.
Alex Gooch Local artisan baker using only the finest ingredients.
Raffle and Auction prizes
Ioshen Knives Without doubt the best knives I have ever used.
Ian Mckend Mac’s BBQ Suppliers of all good things BBQ from smokers to wood chips.
Higgledy Garden grow traditional annual flowers in a Cornish paddock. They are grown without the use of any chemicals and are available to buy online and from a select few Cornish shops.
Bev Reed Award winning pâtissier who has worked at Claridges in London and Michelin starred restaurants at Château de Montreuil in France, Stuckis and Der Walserhof in Switzerland and L’Ortolan near Reading.
Liz Knight We make flavours and special seasonal treats inspired by the food that grows around us – here in the beautiful Herefordshire countryside.
One Mile Bakery The One Mile Bakery delivers handmade bread, soups and preserves within a one-mile radius of its kitchen in Cardiff.
Trish Maccurrach stock includes tripods, enamel hanging Kotlich/Bograc and colourful enamel cookware. Everything is suitable for camping and use on an open fire.If you have not discovered outdoor cooking yet, now is the time…
Illtud Llyr Dunsford Charcutier Ltd is an artisan charcuterie company which brings together British, South European and North American methods of curing.
Cwrtau Bach Farm grows greenhouse produce and creates award-winning homemade, artisan foods in the heart of West Wales.
Vivien Lloyd enthusiastic about the use of selected varieties of home grown ingredients to achieve the best possible flavours in high quality preserves.
Roadii Open fire cooking and campfire chat….the self contained firecooking system that beats a barbie anyday.
Blaenafon Cheddar Company are a specialist cheddar cheese company based in the World Heritage site of Blaenafon, South Wales. At present we produce fifteen very distinctive cheddars and four varieties of goat’s cheese.
Smokewood Shack Quality Smoking Wood, Charcoal & Grilling Planks for your Barbecue & Smoker.
Team Smoking Penguin The Smokin’ Penguins are are a BBQ team, competing in the UK
Luke Bawdon Polymath Products Survival and camping equipment
Marcus Bawdon BBQ guru and a great inspiration.
Alan Low ETI Thermapen thermometers are used worldwide in restaurants, hotels and kitchens – anywhere that perfectly cooked food is served.
As I get more gifts etc i shall add them to the list.
If you are a company that could give a raffle prize or food for the event please get in touch with me.