Yesterday I went to the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party at Electric as part of the Cork Dessert Festival. I won’t lie, I wasn’t aware there was a Cork Dessert Festival until yesterday, which is regrettable as I love dessert and sweet treats. Next year I plan to be more prepared! I adore afternoon tea, I think it is my favourite meal indulgence, after brunch of course! Surprisingly, I found out about the tea party through a post on LinkedIn, (typical that I spend my days trawling the site to find employment, and what I actually find is afternoon tea!).
The event was organised by ‘Ever After Vintage Events’ which is run by Elaine and Megan (both of whom were wearing fabulously mad hats!), and I must say they did a fantastic job. The area was decorated with tea cup bunting and hat bunting, there were funky top hats on the tables, all the cups for the G&Ts were exquisite, everyone had straws with a ‘drink me’ tag, and there was a scavenger hunt to find the ten Alice in Wonderland items dotted around the room. There was also a little box with four chocolates for everyone to take home which was a lovely touch.
When we arrived we were treated to a Kir Royale (my favourite type of bubbles!), and after that there was all you could drink gin flowing from teapots. The G&T was Gordon’s gin with tonic and a raspberry teabag. Verdict: DIVINE! I will definitely try to recreate it the next time the girls come over. The food was delicious; scones with jam and cream, warm sausage rolls and savoury muffins, smoked salmon on brown bread, meringues, cupcakes, cherry and lemon trifle, and in keeping with the theme the shortbread biscuits had ‘Eat Me’ written on them! Every little detail was thought of, and it was a brilliant afternoon. Most of what was served is on the daily afternoon tea menu at Electric here.
The only disappointment was that, because I love themed events, I had hoped that a ‘Mad Hat’ would be part of the dress code in keeping with the theme, but sadly there was no statement of such listed in the event details. I think it would have added to the fun of the event, and might have made the afternoon more sociable if people were invited to be a little creative with their outfit. We were seated at the long, high bar tables, rather than in small groups, and I’m much more likely to engage with the person next to me if they are wearing a ‘Mad Hat’.
Before the event I wasn’t aware that Electric did afternoon tea, but it turns out they have a variety of options for afternoon tea and the menu is available every day from 2-5pm. For more info check out their website here. I would definitely recommend them, especially because the service was excellent and the food was delicious; I couldn’t fault it. So if you’re looking for afternoon tea in Cork city centre, definitely check out Electric.
Until next time! 🙂