A few weeks ago I was contacted by the lovely peeps at Focus PR, those who are lovingly supporting Lavazza in their bid for world domination. The offer was simple: a set of tickets and parking pass to the Henley Festival by way of thanks for taking part in the previous Lavazza Wimbledon challenge. As Lavazza were also one of the sponsors for Henley, it made sense for me to kindly accept the offer.
Dave Rogers from Lavazza Coffee UK Ltd had this to say about the event: “Lavazza were delighted to sponsor the Henley Festival for the fourth consecutive year, the mix of outstanding artists, exceptionally high demographic audience and quality environment make the Henley Festival very special – We look forward to more of the same next year”.
You can imagine how taken aback I was when I realised I wasnt actually in London on the dates that the Henley Festival was taking place. So, I asked if I could offer the package to a loving reader via Twitter. I did and the amazing @Miss_Ingredient won. Off she went to spend a night with Olly Murs courtesy of Lavazza UK.
Here is what she had to say about last nights black tie event:
“We had a lovely time at the festival last night.On Saturday afternoon we realised that the event was strict black tie which we were very excited about yet concerned given it has been raining for 3 months. What is a lady to wear in such weather conditions? Nevertheless, we dusted off M’s dinner suit and then spent at least 40 minutes trying to figure out how to tie a bow tie. The fact that he was wearing wellies only added to the look. Of course, what with him being foreign, he thought that the whole concept of going out on a rainy night in black tie and wellies was literally the most hysterical thing in the world and would “only happen in England”.The festival itself had a very special setting with it being on the river with lots of hooray henry’s pulling up on their boats to listen to the music.The event itself was a mixture of art, music and food. Marquees were set up along the river showcasing work from international artists. A selection of restaurants and bars were a welcome relief from the rain and M and I settled into one resembling a Moroccan tent while Olly Murs took to the stage.Olly himself was great and even treated us to a Stevie Wonder mega mix. The crowd were a mixture of couples and families with their children in boat jackets and Hunter wellies and a few women who were still insisting on high heels and sandals despite the boggy conditions. Given it was Olly performing, there were quite a few squealing teenage girls too which only added to the joy of the evening.We ended the night sat under a tree looking at the water while the crowds dispersed before heading home in our very dirty wellies.We took a few pics which I’ve attached”.