Christmas spirit has well and truly arrived! We are only three days into December but yet you can already feel the excitement in the air.
When you think of the festive season, thoughts of twinkling white lights, music, rustic crafts and decorations and, of course, GREAT food come to mind, and you could find all of this in the first big county Christmas event of the season.
The Lincolnshire Food & Gift Fair returned to the Lincolnshire Showground for its 15th year last weekend, bringing a whole host of local craftspeople and foodies together under two festively decorated roofs, and one marquee. There was a fantastic turnout, with thousands of people arriving to browse stall after stall on the first day alone!
You could find some beautiful decorations for the home, both rustic and decorative…
… while Flowers by Suzanne offered free wreath-making demonstrations to passers by.
There was a variety of gifts on offer, from homeware pieces and photography to jewellery and handmade crafts.
Aren’t the snow globes beautiful? Ornate, and they played classic music too, a very traditional gift for a loved one.
And for the foodie in your life, there was an abundance of food stalls selling fine local food. Pipers Crisps, Scrubbys Vegetable Crisps, Cote Hill Cheese, Uncle Henry’s Farm Shop and Lincolnshire Poacher Cheese were all here.
Moden’s Bakery said these cakes we’re “sooooo popular!” on Twitter, and it’s no surprise – just look at them!
It was surprising how many alcoholic drinks are made right here in Lincolnshire – elderberry gins, fruity wines and locally-brewed beer! And guests couldn’t resist toasting treats from the Naked Marshmallow Co.…
The Food and Gift Fair also gave visitors the opportunity to learn some handmade Christmas skills in the craft area, and to watch some of the best Lincolnshire-based chefs at work in The Lincolnshire Kitchen.
As for the Food Hall, the Showground had a whole marquee dedicated to hot, freshly prepared food! From classic hog roasts with stuffing and apple sauce and Lincolnshire sausage buns with fried onions, to chef Rachel Green’s spicy Moroccan lamb and large stonebaked pizzas – even wintry fruit crumbles! Washed down nicely with a Tom Woods Beer from the bar, of course…
… whilst listening to carols from the Nettleham Community Choir and Horncastle Community Choir.
I visited the event on the Saturday, and it was such a lovely afternoon. Seeing the great variety on offer and so many people enjoying the festivities was wonderful; you couldn’t help but get into the Christmas spirit! Read more about the Lincolnshire Food & Gift Fair on the Lincolnshire Showground website.
*Tickets to the Lincolnshire Food & Gift Fair 2015 were gifted from the Lincolnshire Showground team, but all words, images and opinions are my own.