All-Wright Acres

We have lived in this beautiful area of Connecticut for many years but only this week discovered the beauty and delights of All-Wright Acres farm in Bethlehem.  Nestled among the Abbey of Regina Laudis this beautiful property is home to Karyn Wright and her family.  As we went down the driveway we truly felt like we were entering a little piece of England.  Karyn and her friend Donna showed us around the house and property which features the Bethlehem Bunkhouse, a beautiful barn, pool, farm and gift store as well as home to Karyn's home made products creatively named The Hippie Chicks.  We shared our scones, clotted cream, jam a lovely brew in Karyn's gorgeous dining room as we discussed and planned for her annual Christmas Sale to be held November 24th.  This is how we do business, over a brew and a scone!!! 

 

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BritsBrand Takes On Taste of Litchfield!

What a day Sunday was! After many hours spent in the kitchen preparing quite literally a thousand desserts, we showed up at the inaugural Taste of Litchfield toting our scones, trifles, and signature British charm. Even at 9 AM, we were piping freshly whipped cream on top of all the trifles and artfully putting toppings on scones—all of which were flying off the table once patrons arrived! 

Alison and Lucy vs 500 scones!

Alison and Lucy vs 500 scones!

This was the largest event we'd ever catered for, and we learned a lot in the process! With Supreme Baking Goddess Deb out of commission due to spinal surgery, we were a little shorthanded. Thankfully, Alison, her husband John, and Deb's daughter Lucy were able to complete the kitchen odyssey. With the addition of Clare on Sunday, the morning-of prep work went fairly smoothly! By 1 PM, we were all set to spread the British goodness to the attendees of the Taste of Litchfield.

The most informative corner of our table—menu, postcards, and news sign-up

The most informative corner of our table—menu, postcards, and news sign-up

Though we were incredibly busy, we could not imagine a more rewarding feeling than hearing everyone talking about our unique desserts! We especially loved the people who came back several times for cups of lemonade, scones, or trifle. It was really great to see that our effort had paid off and we had produced something very special and different for attendees to enjoy. We also had lots of fascinating conversations with people interested in if we'd be opening a physical location (which is a long-term goal of ours!) or who were learning about the concept of a pop-up tea room for the first time. We even finally bumped into the girls from Unlocking Litchfield, whose blog we've been following since we began our tea room business.

BritsBrand girls share a trifle with Unlocking Litchfield

BritsBrand girls share a trifle with Unlocking Litchfield

At the end of the day, our feet were killing us and we were ready to collapse on the couch with a good cuppa, but we all agreed that this was one of the most rewarding experiences we've had to date. Nothing can quite compare with sharing cherished childhood desserts with over 500 people, and it was wonderful to have brought a tiny bit of Britain to the Taste of Litchfield. After such a busy weekend, we're looking forward to our next smaller event! Find us selling our tea, lemonade, fairy cakes, and scones at Bella Luna Gifts in Morris on September 23rd—but in the meantime, we'll be scoffing some Aldi-sourced Jaffa Cakes and working on ways to make our next large event even better.

Our setup—the Union Jack bunting is an essential part of any British-themed tea service

Our setup—the Union Jack bunting is an essential part of any British-themed tea service

Today on the Beach

OK, so a bit windy here in the States. Had a wonderful day down at the CT shore with my family. And if it wasn't for the Breeze Breaker, the whole world would have seen my not-ready-for-prime-time white legs. So privacy...another added benefit!