Chester has some real characters — try Calum [pictured above at cigar shop Turmeaus].
I’ve been helping to uncover some of them recently with a series of guest blog posts for the Chester Growth Partnership.
It’s a copywriting job with plenty of journalistic research and a touch of personal blog-post-style experience.
Over autumn I’ve interviewed some key figures from the Chester foodie scene, experts in property and uncovered offbeat ideas for Christmas shopping on a tour of the Rows.
It’s been great, in particular, to celebrate the independent shops and small business that make the city special.
The content is hosted on the blog but also shared through the Marketing Cheshire social channels — look out for my stories on Facebook and LinkedIn.
The full set of guests posts is as follows. Look out for more in the new year.
Eat, drink and be merry: Chester’s foodie revolution
Could the future of Chester be more Blade Runner than black and white
Medieval cellars, an adult creche and German sausages — that’s how to celebrate Christmas in Chester
I’m staying on a Nordic motif this week. This story is another off-beat piece, a way of looking at a well-known destination in a fresh light.
It appeared in the Observer and involved consuming my own body weight in gourmet hotdogs in a 24-hour period.
Here’s an extract:
I’m about to tuck in when Thomas calls for a moment’s contemplation of our creation.
“The perfect hot dog has three elements: the smoked flavour of the sausage, the sweetness of the sauces and the cinnamon-flavoured bread, and the sharpness of the onions,” he says.
“We grow up with hot dogs in Denmark. I remember going ice-skating with my father and we would always grab a hot dog on the way home. Hot dogs taste of nostalgia.”
Read the full story, Man bites dog.
What’s your favourite place in Copenhagen for a hotdog? Post your comments below.