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2014 069Another evening, more rain and more puddles, more mud and no chance of getting outside and really enjoying yourself.

Then it’s a good job the Upnor Pier is here to brighten up our evenings and whisk us off to the Caribbean for the evening with entertainment, three course meal and fun competitions combined to provide a great evening again and not forgetting the genuine Steel band.

Our chivalrous host enabling all to take part Our chivalrous host enabling all to take part

Our congratulations to the Limbo Competition winner who beat off some stiff competition, not that it was a close run thing as I meant stiff in a…. finding it awkward to bend sort of way.

And the winner is........feeling a little unwell. And the winner is……..feeling a little unwell.

As for the winner of the Chilli eating contest, well Julia, you are fearless, we are checking, but don’t think anyone, ever, in the History of the Upnor Pier chilli eating contest (It’s a tradition now you know) has eaten all six, the last one being named a Ghost Chilli. Congratulations and sympathy go to you this morning.

If you would like to know more about events at The Pier, find them on face book, or see them on page three of our printed edition for regular updates. You can find all the pictures from last nights event HERE.

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DSC_0359We were again invited along to the Pier in Upnor of Friday evening to cover another of their famous themed nights and for this event we were off to the Caribbean for sun, steel bands and cocktails of every colour imaginable. There was of course a three course meal provided and a free cocktail or beer on arrival. Loud shirts, wigs and shorts were the order of the day for all of those that were able to get there without a long period out in the cold. More

wine 006Yet another event from the Upnor Pier, this time nearly 100 people had assembled for a wine and cheese tasting evening. There was even a wine expert on hand to guide us all through all of the different wines that evening. A set of tasting notes had been prepared to help us explore the world through our glass. I doubt that from the range that was presented that there was anyone that did not find at least one or two wines that they enjoyed. A selection of White, Rose and Red were served some from the traditional wine making countries and regions and others from what I think we are still allowed to refer to as the new world. My personal favourites were the Beaujolais from Domaine Romany in France and a Remole Sangiovese from Tuscany. although I don’t think that there was a wine that wasn’t well received. Even with my very limited knowledge of wine this was a fine selection. The evening was hosted by Gilles Wilfrid an expert from a major wine distributor.

wine 035A fantastic array of cheeses, pickles, chutney and other items were set out on a large table and more than enough to feed everyone was provided. We were given a few tips as to which cheeses would compliment which wines, and told how temperature was important to the condition of both.

Again the wines with the most positive feedback will be making it onto the wine list of the Pier, joining the chosen few from last year. To be informed of the different events at the Pier, keep your printed copy of the Peninsula Times handy as you will find them on page three and all the dates for the month will be there.

Please click on the link to view more of the images from the evening Pier Wine Tasting Link to images

Once again we were invited to the Pier at Upnor, on the banks of the River Medway, to gather a few snaps of one of the many event evenings held there throughout the year. Last evenings event was a Halloween, fancy dress party and of the eighty or so people that had tickets for the event only a very few did not dress up. Although they were immediately dragged over to the lady in the corner providing face paint and costume make up for those few naughty people.

Music, Karaoke and a small amount of commentary was provided by M&C Pub Entertainment, along with some special effects, visual and sound with lots of tunes to mark the occasion. As ever when the Upnor Pier organize an event of this type there are prizes for the best fancy dress a HUGE buffet meal and of course there are beers, wines, spirits and cocktails available as well. At this point it would be appropriate to say a big well done to Tracy and young Steve for all of the effort they put in getting the buffet together and served, the array of food was astounding. A huge Congratulations should be given to the young ladies behind the bar as they were incredibly busy all evening and last but not least the slightly less young Steve and Dermot for pulling the evening together and ensuring that everything went like clockwork. Even to the point of arranging transport for some of the revellers at the end of the evening.

A selection of the images from the evening can be found HERE

The Upnor Pier Facebook page is HERE

Now all you have to do is keep your eye on our printed magazine to find out the date of the next event

A visitor centre to celebrate the life of the United Kingdom’s last estuary paddle steamer and her imminent return to the River Medway was officially opened by the Mayor of Medway Cllr Ted Baker in mid December. More

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