MY WINCH­ESTER

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Gary Whiter, Cabi­net Rooms

“Mar­cus Roe and I founded Cabi­net Rooms back in 2014 as a blog about food and drink. We love liv­ing in Winch­ester and have great fun ex­plor­ing the area and its pro­duce, and the main pur­pose of Cabi­net Rooms was to share that ex­pe­ri­ence. It wasn’t long be­fore we started run­ning small events. These have grown over the years into a pro­gramme of cul­tural events (our Se­cret Un­der­ground Film So­ci­ety has over 300 mem­bers!) and we are now re­spon­si­ble for five fes­ti­vals in the area.

“Winch­ester Cock­tail Week starts the city’s an­nual fes­ti­val pro­gramme ev­ery Fe­bru­ary and there’s an abun­dance of events and ac­tiv­i­ties through­out the year lead­ing up to the Cathe­dral’s Christ­mas Mar­ket. We shall also be run­ning our own — al­beit al­ter­na­tive — Ginch­ester Christ­mas Mar­ket at the Great Hall on Satur­day 1 De­cem­ber; a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity to sam­ple and buy lo­cal, craft spir­its in time for the party sea­son.

“The city also has a fan­tas­tic coffee scene, driven by coffee he­roes who love what they do and serve up ex­cep­tional cups of coffee! Look past the coffee chains around the High Street, there’s a host of in­de­pen­dent coffee shops. We’re cur­rently work­ing with fel­low coffee lovers to put on the first Winch­ester Coffee Fes­ti­val, tak­ing place at the Guild­hall on Satur­day 29 Septem­ber (winch­ester­cof­feefest. co.uk).”

Gary Whiter, Cabi­net Rooms

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