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Annual Christmas Food and Gift event returns to the Lincolnshire Showground

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: November 23, 2012

  • Last year's Christmas Food and Gift event at the Lincolnshire Showground

  • Last year's Christmas Food and Gift event at the Lincolnshire Showground

  • Last year's Christmas Food and Gift event at the Lincolnshire Showground

  • Last year's Christmas Food and Gift event at the Lincolnshire Showground

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The 11th annual Christmas Food and Gift event will return to the Lincolnshire Showground, offering everyone the chance to indulge in festive produce, learn a new skill and have a great family day out.

Organised by the Lincolnshire Agricultural Society, Food and Gift will open to the public over the weekend of November 24-25, with an exclusive preview evening on Friday, November 23, for members of the Lincolnshire Agricultural Society.

Everyone heading to the fair will find more than 120 stalls, together with a selection of craft workshops and cookery demonstrations, The event regularly attracts around 6,000 visitors.

Amelia Highfield, part of the events team at the Showground, says: "You'll be able to buy Christmas gifts, but also learn new skills like knitting, card designs and even wreath making

"We've also organised cookery demonstrators and a sausage making class to get you thinking a little differently about your Christmas recipe repertoire."

Local foodies including Amy Claridge of Doddington Hall and Dominic Franks of Belleau Kitchen will be demonstrating their favourite festive dishes in a series of master classes.

Dominic says: "Having the demonstrations makes it more fun and you can come away from the event with a few new ideas.

"It brings everything to life as well, not just seeing the produce on offer at the event but seeing it being used.

"In my demonstrations I am making chocolate roulade. Some people will say I'm mad doing that in a live demo but I want to show people how easy it is and it's also a show-stopping piece on the table at Christmas."

If you like the idea of making this Chocolate Roulade turn to page 69, where Dominic has provided the recipe exclusively for readers of What's On.

"As well as this, I will be showing a recipe I have for making bread which you don't knead. It's easy and I will be using Lincoln rapeseed to make it," adds Dominic.

Other workshops will include pottery, card making, knitting and pyrography. The show has proved hugely popular with exhibitors as well with vegetable crisp company Scrubbys Foods, award-winning Lincolnshire farmshop Uncle Henry's and vintage street food purveyor Crepe Lucette all heading to the venue. Sally Mundy, trade sales coordinator says: "We've got a fabulous mix of gift ideas available for the public to browse, from cheese to cushions and jams to jewellery.

"The show is also a great opportunity to visit all of your favourite local producers at once and order your Christmas larder ahead of the rush."

The show is an indoor event held within the Epic Centre and adjoining exhibition space, 10am to 4pm on both days with free onsite car parking. Tickets are £4 in advance or £5 on the door, with under 16s going free when accompanied by an adult. Advance tickets can be ordered via the ticket hotline: 0845 230 5171.

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