The stage was perfectly set for this year’s Lincolnshire Food & Gift fair with a bright, chilly morning draping the Showground in a crisp frosty blanket. The prospect of a hot chocolate and freshly made food was easy encouragement whilst waiting in line, but inside was a cornucopia of crafts, jewellery, gifts, food, drink and so much more.
The fair was spread across two indoor halls linked by a covered food hall. When I arrived on opening, there were a good handful of guests filtering through but, within less than an hour, the walkways were bustling. Good news for the artisans, crafters, traders and more that were gathered to sell their wares.
As far as I was concerned, the motivation was to finish off my Christmas shopping and indulge in a treat or two. Temptation could be found from stall to stall and I found myself compelled to draw out my wallet at the Harry Potter-themed stall hosted by St Barnabas. They were presents for my family, honest!
Within a few hours, I’d filled up several bags with an assortment of goodies ranging from beauty products such as handmade soaps, edible treats including artisan fudge and marshmallow and local whiskey liqueur, to wooden crafts and other such lovelies.
Of course, I was looking forward to the food court. Despite having already eaten, I indulged in a second breakfast with a delicious Greek chicken pita bread wrap, whilst my better half tucked into the hoisin duck wrap.
As well as the requisite food and gift stalls, there were charity stands available including Greenpeace and Dogs Trust and Trent Valley Gliding Club (who you can read more about in our July issue here). There was also a Santa’s grotto and workshop and live cookery demonstrations throughout the day, giving plenty for visitors to get stuck into.
More than the tasty food and abundant gifts was the sense of community on display. Christmas brings out the very best in people and while we’re all familiar with scenes of elbows and shoving in the supermarkets, here things were friendly and welcoming. I’ve just about managed to finish of my Christmas shopping and, thanks to the fair, my family this year will be treated to gifts that you can’t find in the supermarket.