Ashford Update Pt 2
The latest news from Stefano, as our Elwick Place venue begins to take shape…
Time flies and we are now mid-Autumn! My first crop (a tree’s worth!) of Medlars is clinging to the tree as I decide what I will do with them. Most likely they will end up as a compote to serve with yoghurt or cheese.. or simply eaten by the spoon straight from the pan.
Our aim was to have our new space in Elwick Place trading by autumn, and to that end we lined up a fantastic mini festival in September to introduce Macknade & Friends to Ashford. It was fabulous… the sun shone and we filled the square at Elwick Place with the very best local produce, demonstrations & music. The atmosphere was something else and it was an event for our team to be proud of!
Macknade has always been the sum of its parts. Yes, we are a family business, but we simply represent all of those who work with us, within us and through us.
Our Macknade & Friends event wouldn’t have been the same without our community working together. We had music curated by ‘Cene (an amazing local media team shining a light on Kent’s cultural and creative talents!) and we offered up drinks & desserts from local champions Dudda’s Tun Cider, Curious Brewing, Simpsons Wines, Simply Ice Cream, &Bloss Coffee and Coxys Liqueurs. We also couldn’t have done it without the team at Big Green Egg who gave our chefs the ability to showcase some of the wonderful produce we are lucky to be surrounded by here in Kent.
This collaborative approach creates a network of people who truly understand our vision to create Favourite Places and it doesn’t just stop with the producers we work with. Fitting out Elwick Place has allowed us to pull together some of the best SME businesses in Kent, including:
- Our electricians from Maidstone, NCS Technology
- Our Ashford resident aircon engineers, Polar Cooling
- Our lighting team from Rainham, ddd Lighting Design
- Tom and the TQS team from Medway who are looking after all our digital needs
- Gary and the team at Tribune – furniture maker and shop designer extraordinaires from Sheppey
- And finally, our kitchen engineers, Advantage Catering of Folkestone!
Macknade at its core is all about food & drink, but we couldn’t function without the engineers and craftspeople who work with us to deliver the experiences we are so proud of and I want to send out a big thanks to these teams! We celebrate our great producers here in Kent, and rightly so, the Garden of England is unbeatable when it comes to food & drink; but that excellence is matched by the services that support us day in day out. So, when we shout about Macknade & Friends, we shout about them as well.
Now, back to that Autumn opening… It has slipped a touch but not too far!!
We are on track to open in early December, so we can celebrate the holiday season together! On December 10th, my favourite sister Francesca (she’ll tell you she is my only sister… but still!!) celebrates her birthday and I want that to be in Elwick Place, with a glass of Kentish sparkling in hand.
This is the aim and we will of course keep you all updated as things progress. Please make sure to sign up to our mailing list (in the footer below) to be the first to hear our official opening date!