December 2013's Enidi Convention was our most attended Enidi event EVER! We catered for more than 120 people... Well, I mean we fed 120 people. Robert actually made enough food for at least 300 - we've been eating leftover macaroni cheese for weeks!
This time we changed from our usual favourite venue 'The Racehorse Pub' to our other neighbour, 'Bar So'. This was originally because The Racehorse was in a between-state of new and old licensees, but actually worked out better for us! The Racehorse has a limited capacity of 70 diners at a squeeze, and so we could fit far more of you in Bar So. Also, with Bar So making it's magnificent transformation from Enidi Paradise to Banging Night Club at 8pm, those of us wishing to continue an evening of beer and conversation had the pleasure of gracing the newly polished Racehorse after all. It was glorious!
Forgive me for skipping to the end prematurely. I think it's time I discussed the filling, right?
With help from volunteers within the Enidi, we set up a beautifully decorated room with Christmas colours. Jane Armstrong even provided tea lights! The atmosphere was festive as people began arriving with an endless supply of home made cakes, some of which were even Enid themed. They went down a treat, but not before we all stuffed ourselves silly with Robert's home made Chilli and Macaroni Cheese. These dishes have become a bit of a tradition, wouldn't you agree?
Predominantly this was a social event, but of course it wouldn't be an Enidi Convention without a spot of live music from the band. As for the rest, I leave this topic with an array of photos for you to enjoy. A picture tells a thousand words, after all!
Quotes and favourite moments from the Enidi about the Convention:
"By the magic of name badges I started the day as 'Welsh Ray' and ended the day as 'Sex Kitten'. That's what I call a special day!" Ray Winnett
"Some of us noticed Nick was using a plastic fruit juice bottle as a shaker. Wondering what the contents were, someone quipped 'Either rice or macaroni!'" Robert Drower
"Lovely, lovely people, lovely, lovely music x" Caroline Payne
"All the macaroni (in the East Midlands) had been used for the macaroni cheese - my favourite moment was watching Max cooking it (al fresco) with a roofer's torch." Duncan Bisatt
"One and The Many and Leviticus reached bits of me I never knew existed, incredible stuff! The unique atmosphere and friendship!" Lee Rousell
"The whole day was brilliant!" Nik Gibson
"Excellent organisation, brilliant day, gorgeous puddings and the loveliest fans any band could wish for..... A band with the cutest singer anyone would wish, too......................." Anita Whitington
"Just the spirit of the whole thing - friendship and a shared love of the music." Andrew Skiller
"One and the many plus the Electronic Wind Instrument and of course Dave's unannounced solo." Howard Taylor
"Lot of fun 'being naughty' starting the badge swapping." Dave Walker
*Special thanks to David Bain for the photographs!