A Feast for the Senses at Dine in the Dark 2020

A table of blindfolded diners

At the end of January, The Royal National College for the Blind (RNC) opened its doors to members of the public for its sixth annual ‘Dine in the Dark’ fundraising event.

On arrival, guests were greeted by RNC students, Jack, Teddy and Yash and were gently persuaded to buy raffle tickets by Abi and Sonal.

After a short drinks reception, diners were asked to be seated, to don their blindfolds and get ready to be submerged into a culinary journey through taste smell, touch and sound.

Our guests were served by RNC students, with the support of staff, who had trained incredibly hard for this very special evening. Comperes, Conna and Chris, were very witty and hugely entertaining as they guided their audience through the evening’s events.

Between food courses, students, Kelsey and Hafsa, told their personal stories of what life is like without sight and Alexis played the ukulele and showcased her stunning voice with two song performances. She sang the first in Spanish and the second, her own composition, about her disability.

Once dessert was over, the menu was revealed by Chef, Nigel. Diners had been treated to:

Pan seared halloumi and trottole pasta salad

Moroccan lamb or vegetable tagine, with a filo crust and spiced couscous

Rum and ginger chocolate mousse with a ginger snap crumb

Before teas and coffees were served, a very lively auction got underway. Guests were very generous and the bidding wars quite exciting.

Our guests really threw themselves into the spirit of the evening with one diner commenting:

‘It really was a fantastic experience and made me realise how day-to-day tasks that I take for granted are so much more difficult for people with sight loss.’

Another guest said:

‘What a brilliant event. We plan to dine again. The experience was very thought provoking, the talks touching and musician stunning. Along with good food and great company.’

We were also very lucky to have guests from online news team, ‘Your Herefordshire‘, in attendance, who wrote a very complimentary review which you can read here.

We are hugely grateful to everyone who supported this event, whether as a guest, volunteer or one of the many businesses that donated an auction or raffle prize.

The money raised at this year’s ‘Dine in the Dark’ event, means RNC is able to help support student visits to exchange colleges in Germany, Spain and France. For many students it will be their first trip abroad and it will be a highlight of their time at RNC. The cultural and social memories gained stay with them for years to come.

Photos from the event can view viewed by clicking the links below:

Dine in the Dark Photo Album 1
Dine in the Dark Photo Album 2

If you weren’t able to make the event and would still like to donate, please visit our JustGiving page.


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