The sun was shining (hurrah!) as dozens of Yumbles makers gathered in a gastropub near Kings Cross. The room was a fantastic mix of both "old" and "new" makers meeting and mingling as only small producers can.
Lisa Budden blogger & Yumbles Community Champion was one of the first to arrive. Cue cheesy smiles of excitement from team Yumbles (founder Katie Kitiri and marketing guru Paola Papacosta).
Sanjay Aggarwal from Spice Kitchen, Jane Stammers from Tipple Tails and Chintal from Chin's Kitchen catch-up.
Sweetpea Pantry, Lavolio Boutique Confectionery and Yumbles newbie Home Brewtique looked impressively co-ordinated!
Jenny from Moral Fibre Food and Ariel from KamAlive Chocolates showing their Yumbles love. Thanks guys!
Jade from Positivitea joins Paola in waving around the little sticks.
It was time to grab your seat with gorgeous tea samples courtesy of Positivitea.
First up founder Simos shared the exciting growth that the Yumbles marketplace continues to see and highlighted some of the plans to cement our position as a pioneering conscious food marketplace. Stay tuned on upcoming launches!
Paola shared insight on the Yumbles marketing activities and how makers can maximise their exposure opportunity - including what we look for when selecting products for email marketing.
Fantastic photographer Lucy Williams from My Heart Skipped who has shot produce by La Dinette amongst others, shared her top pointers for food photography.
The final session of the morning was the producer Q&A panel where Jane from Tipple Tails, Jenny from Moral Fibre Food, Sanjay from Spice Kitchen, Sarah from Cocoa Cabana and Lin from Belinda Clark shared their wealth of experience spanning topics from packaging solutions to scaling up production to nutritional analysis. Phew!
No Yumbles gathering would be the same without mouth-watering refreshments - treats included Tipple Tails cakes, Squirrel Sisters snack bars and Positivitea.