I have just started out as a PR Assistant at an award-winning PR agency in Devon, Astley Media. It’s been such an exciting first few weeks and I am still trying to get to grips with everything but I am loving learning about the industry.
I was lucky enough to be taken along to the Live Love Eat Food and Drink awards within my first couple of weeks. Live Love Eat is a fantastic food blog based in England. Run by founder Vicki Sargent and her team, this was the first time that the blog had run these awards. The ceremony was designed to celebrate the great food and suppliers of the South West.
Arriving on a typical rainy British day at the Deer Park Hotel, we were greeted by Vicki and had our picture taken along with other guests to be tweeted out. This is a great example of how social media is used in our everyday lives. By tweeting out a picture of everyone who attended the awards, Live Love Eat ensured social media coverage and all the companies that were involved could be tagged in the tweets, ensuring that they were also made visible on Twitter!
A fantastic breakfast spread was put on containing locally sourced food. From croissants to bacon, marmalade to beans, there was a vast amount to choose from and it was safe to say that I was very satisfied after my big breakfast!
We were seated on tables of roughly 8-10 people so it was a great chance for me to network and introduce myself to a few people.
The ceremony saw some great local suppliers, restaurants, cafes, and food and drink producers win awards which were presented in a smart oak frame.
Guests did not leave without being presented with a Live Love Eat goody bag. There were great treats in their including the best brownie I have EVER tasted from the Deer Park Hotel. I had a good munch on it as soon as I got back to the office! The awards were hosted in the morning so it was such a good way to kick-start the day but you still had time to get some work done in the afternoon.
A big congratulations to all the winners. Please take a look at this great blog where you will also find a list of all the winners.