Last year we were given tickets to attend the annual Food and Gift fair at the Lincolnshire Showground, about an hour’s drive from us here in Nottingham. We had a great day looking at all of the local produce and purchased a couple of Christmassy gifts. It was also the first time we took Lottie to see Santa, so it was very exciting! We were asked if we would like to go again this year, so we went along last Sunday to have another look around!
The Lincolnshire Food and Gift Fair is held every year at the Lincolnshire Showground; a lovely venue perfect for lots of Christmas gifts stalls and local food produce to try out! With over 150 exhibiters spread over 2 huge indoor halls and free parking, it doesn’t matter what the weathers like as there is plenty to see and do!
The Food and Gift Fair showcases local companies with everything from handmade glass Christmas decorations to unique wicker baskets, fine cheeses and yummy real ales! There is literally something for everyone! Everyone is really friendly and happy to chat about their products with plenty of time for tasting!
As well as the exhibitors, there is a large craft room called Santa’s Workshop for children to make glittery Rudolph Christmas cards, make their own pizza Christmas tree’s, make some Reindeer food, and even hear magical stories from the local performing arts company who are currently starring in The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe! Everything in here is free to do for the children so they definitely won’t get bored of you shopping! Lottie had a go at making a Christmas card and was covered in glitter by the end of it, she loved it!
To make the weekend even more Christmassy, the local choir belt out some of your favourite jingles live whilst you walk around the stalls! There is something quite special about a choir and you can’t get more Christmassy than that!
One of the most popular parts of the weekend, is the live cookery shows. Taking part through each day, you can watch a chef show you how to cook some delicious festive food! We didn’t stop to watch for too long as we had Lottie with us, but we did see some gorgeous looking mussels simmering away!
The food walkway is also very popular throughout the day. With lots of local businesses and their yummy food, there is too much to choose from! We went back for the Lincolnshire hot dogs and they were as amazing as they were last year! Again, there is literally something for everyone from crispy duck wraps to vegan kebabs!
Lastly, we took Lottie to see Santa again. She wasn’t sure about him, but she was interested in the big tub of Celebrations his ‘elf’ was holding! I’m sure if Mia had of been with us, she would have got more involved!
We have really enjoyed the Lincolnshire Food and Gift Fair again and would recommend it to anyone who wants to finish (or start!) their Christmas shopping! Even having a wander around the stalls gives you that lovely Christmas feeling! We will definitely be going again next year!
Do you go to any similar Christmas events?