With only a week to go until this year’s Lincolnshire Food and Gift Fair, the Lincolnshire Showground is busy decking its halls and getting in the Christmas spirit, ready to welcome more than 8,000 visitors.
As one of the biggest food and gift fairs in the county, the Fair will showcase a range of delicious treats and unique gifts ideas.
The two-day event is now in its 19th year and will see more than 150 exhibitor stands. It will showcase a range of delicious treats and unique gift ideas, perfect for the festive season.
Highlights for children
Santa’s Workshop is making a popular return to the Fair for the fourth year, which will be providing hours of free craft activities and non-stop entertainment for little ones, including a reindeer food bar and storytelling from Lincoln Performing Arts Centre.
Children will also be able to get hands-on, designing pet bandanas with Zukie Style, Christmas pottery painting with The Little Pottery Studio, willow weaving with Lincolnshire Willow and making festive wrapping paper and cards with Hobbycraft Lincoln. Younger visitors can also make pizzas with Good Lookin Cookin, Christmas card crafts with Heatherbelle Crafts and festive felting with Eve Marshall: Artisan Felter.
New for 2019
As well as new exhibitors, new delicious produce to sample and new activities for children, visitors to this year’s Fair are being encouraged to help spread the magic by donating toys and gifts to the Christmas Sack Appeal for families who may need a helping hand at this time of year.
A Santa’s sack will be on the Rotary of Lincoln’s stand at the Fair, where visitors will be able to meet Father Christmas as they donate gifts, which will then be taken to Bridge Church Lincoln. In exchange they will receive one free child’s ticket to next year’s Countryside Lincs event at the Showground. Organisers are asking for gifts to be unwrapped, to make it easy for families to pick out items for themselves and their children throughout December.
Also new for this year, children can get involved with cookery workshops in Santa’s Baking House, making chocolate orange brownies with Dominic Franks and soft serve cookie dough with 42nd East Bakehouse.
Best of the rest
As well as giving visitors the opportunity to sample the best Lincolnshire produce on offer, a number of local choirs will be performing live and the Lincolnshire Kitchen will be brought to life by top chefs and producers who will be sharing their top tips and favourite recipes for festive cooking.
A number of new, local exhibitors will also be taking stands at the Fair, including the 2019 Grow with the Show winner Designed for Dogs, local gift shop With Love from Lincolnshire, popular bakery 42nd East Bakehouse and Lincolnshire’s largest and most unique rum distillery The Unconventional Distillery Co., amongst many more food, drink, gift and craft exhibitors.
Organised by the Lincolnshire Agricultural Society, the Fair takes place on Saturday 30 November and Sunday 1 December. Visitors will have access to free parking and tickets can be purchased here.