A couple of weekends ago we were invited to attend the Lincolnshire Food and Gift at the Lincolnshire Showground. I love a good food fair, so we were really excited to go along and see what was there as it boasts a fabulous 150+ stalls, cookery demos and a Santa’s Workshop! Taking place over a weekend, the Fair is a festive weekend perfect for getting those last Christmas gifts and sampling some of the county’s local produce. Full of unique gift ideas, homemade crafts and delicious treats, there is definitely something for everyone.
After an hour’s drive (a little longer than I had first imagined especially with a 10month old baby in tow!) we arrived at the Showground and parked up which was really well organised and plenty of parking available! The Food and Gift Fair sprawls across 2 main indoor buildings and is the largest of its kind I have ever been to!
It was lovely to go to each stall and it all be different. There was everything you could think of from gin to real ale, Christmas wreaths to gorgeous paintings. The local cheeses looked amazing and the wooden children’s toys would make a perfect gift. I didn’t have any more shopping to do for Christmas but as we walked round, I could have definitely found a home for a pair of leather gloves and bottle of vodka! The best thing is that all of the stalls are local small businesses, so you know you are helping out the local high street too!
Plenty of food stalls were available that literally catered for everyone and you could everything from hot chocolate to mulled wine, huge burgers to pizza slices! We had a burger, some chips and a Lincolnshire hot dog and all of it was fresh, hot and so tasty!
For children there is a Santa’s Workshop where your child could enjoy storytelling, hands on crafts, including making your own reindeer food, and baking activities as well as painting and colouring. The cast of the local Panto were also on hand, so Lottie was able to meet Snow White!
For those of you who love a good cookery demo, the Lincolnshire Kitchen hosted top chefs and producers sharing their tips to create the perfect festive feast.
If all of that wasn’t festive enough, a local choir were on hand belting out all the festive fave’s and there’s something quite magical about a choir isn’t there?!
Whilst it was busy, due to its sheer size, you could get around to each stall and there was virtually no queue to meet Santa! Santa was free to sit and have a quick chat with. It was actually Lottie’s first visit to see the big man himself and she took it all in her stride! Mario took some lovely photos of her gazing up at him!
The Lincolnshire Food and Gift Fair was a really lovely way to spend a day and we had a great time! I love to support local businesses when I can, and this is the perfect way to do this. We will definitely be keeping an eye out for next year’s event!