Bow ties on the road: The Dig For Victory Show!

Last month was our busiest yet this year, we packed up the bow ties and attended several vintage themed festivals for the first time. They were fantastic! We loved the atmosphere, party sprit, and the dedication to vintage attire all round was a proud moment! We didn't get much chance to go exploring, but snapped what we could on the coffee runs...heres a little round up of the Dig For Victory show.

The Dig For Victory Show

The Victory Marquee

The Victory Marquee

This 1940's themed blitz festival has been on our calendar for some time, and it did not disappoint! The event is run entirely by volunteers through a not-for-profit organisation, making thousands for charity every year. They bring history alive and the generations together with a sense of nostalgia and pride - to learn, remember and have fun.

British Blooms

British Blooms

A damp start meant all the guests heading for cover - which at least meant they didn't miss the fashion show, or Lindy hop dance lessons! Saturday night's Victory Dance is ever popular and sold out earlier in the year. We decided not to join the movers and shakers as we needed our strength for the following day, but thankfully there was plenty of action in the Victory  Marquee! 

Bunting and British pride all round!

Bunting and British pride all round!

Lindy Hop lessons in the Victory Marquee

Lindy Hop lessons in the Victory Marquee

Gearing up for the fashion show.

Gearing up for the fashion show.

Over in the home front marquee the focus was on how family life continued under the stress of rations, and wartime living. We loved this example of a 1940's home, complete with genuine 1940's wallpaper - which cost £250 a roll! 

A typical 1940's home

A typical 1940's home

We were also lucky enough to be stallholders opposite Seren Evans-Charrington of Bubbling Stove, who gave cooking demonstrations with rations, and everyone sampled the end results. Our favourite was the carrot fudge, thanks for the nibbles Seren! 

Food Historian Seren Evans-Charrington

Food Historian Seren Evans-Charrington

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The fab Shakey's diner were also present to tend to everyones hot food needs after sampling ration food delights! Their burgers went down a storm. Lucille's and many more also kept everyone's coffee and ice cream needs catered for! 

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Did we mention this was a wartime festival? All the feasting, bunting, and victory dancing might just have made us forget that fact, if it wasn't for the streams of re-enactors, tanks, and military vehicles that came pouring through the gates on Saturday morning!

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Guests enjoyed ambling through rows and rows of classic cars, tanks, mobile guns, and more, as well as as a Dig For Victory allotment garden, and re-enactment display area. We were regularly startled by gunfire! The highlight had to be the Dakota flypast from the Battle of Britain memorial flight. Sadly we didn't get any snaps, but we did film the Dakota as well as lots of snippets of the festival, we'll release the short soon! 

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And finally, we had our selection of Beard Oils, Balms, and Combs with us over the weekend courtesy of Bedfordshire Beard Co, they were a huge hit! You bearded chaps must have been in low supply of grooming wares as we almost sold out...we'll be taking our favourite grooming products with us to all events from now on!

Bedfordshire Beard Oils and Balms

Bedfordshire Beard Oils and Balms

We absolutely loved the wartime spirit and attention to detail at the dig For Victory Show, and can see why they are so popular year on year! Thanks to all of the fantastic volunteers for doing such a great job, and proving we can still Dig For Victory!

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