We had a fantastic response to our launch event on 26th September. All that networking and planning paid off as hundreds of people turned out to find out more about the People’s Café, and to try out our delicious soups and cakes. People could hardly choose which soup to have and many came back for second helpings.
Our most popular soup seemed to be the spicy lentil and tomato. People seemed to get into the pay as you feel concept quite easily, and the money piled up in our lovely purple donation boxes.Lots of people brought cakes to donate on the day and our cake display was fantastic, causing people to ponder long and hard. We had some delicious bread from Filbert’s the Bakers in town and we also had some bread specially made up at Lancaster Farms.
Most people had heard of the event and had come specially, but some were drawn in by our lovely signage and by our friendly violinist who played on the steps to lure people in! We’d decorated the room with bunting and fresh flowers from Zephyrine and the atmosphere was buzzing and happy. People had a great time catching up with friends they hadn’t seen for a while or chatting to new people. Everyone was interested in talking about the concept and we tried to get around everyone, answering questions, and getting people signed up to our newsletter.We had a raffle with some fabulous prizes and then Jon Barry, the mayor made a quick speech, endorsing the project and the community minded people of Lancaster.
In the end, we had too much soup, but that wasn’t a problem as we donated soup to projects and to friends and, of course, nothing went to waste.
We raised over £400 which will really help with our start up costs! Thank you to everyone who came along, ate the food, donated the money, listened to the idea and had a good time!