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VIP Catering at the Coronation Festival

Ampersand Events were thrilled to be granted the contract to provide hospitality at The Coronation Festival in Buckingham Palace Gardens. The festival, which took place from the 11th to 13th of July, celebrated the 60th anniversary of the Queen's Coronation in a jaw-dropping celebration at the Palace starring a galaxy of artists including Katherine Jenkins, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Russell Watson, Katie Melua and many others, showcasing cultural life during the reign of Her Majesty.
The Festival was organised by Media 10 Ltd and hosted by the Royal Warrant Holders Association (RWHA) which represents the 800 companies who hold Royal Warrants, of whom one quarter were involved in the event itself. The contract award is particularly appropriate as earlier this year Ampersand Events’ parent company CH&Co was itself granted a Royal Warrant.

Working with the three main partners for the Festival Galas, we produced a bespoke offering alongside Media 10 for GlaxoSmithKline, Bentley and Jaguar Land Rover. This consisted of VIP hospitality for 800-1000 guests each night, and our team worked tirelessly to serve champagne, canapés, bowl food and bento boxes for attendees before, during and after the performances.
Cones of fish & chips with a minted pea puree proved hugely popular, as did Executive Chef Andy Ritchie's special coronation chicken ballotine.

Being chosen by the RWHA and Media 10 as a business partner for this unique Gala is a huge honour

Ampersand also operated the day visitor catering operation, and after a memorable few days, the team have revelled in sharing stories of how the entire business pulled together to deliver such a magnificent festival.

Our elated Head of Sales & Operations Natalie Mainwaring commented: "Being chosen by the RWHA and Media 10 as a business partner for this unique Gala is a huge honour.  After the remarkable celebrations of 2012 it is fantastic to show that the nation can organise events that are the envy of nations across the globe. This is a landmark contract for Ampersand Events; an event of this magnitude indicates the great progress that we are making.”

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