With Christmas fast approaching, it’s time to stock up on festive food, sweet treats, and gourmet gifts for friends and family. You can do it all online these days, but where’s the fun in that? Wrap up warm and check out one of these winter food festivals instead.
Now in its tenth year, the Padstow Christmas Festival is a real treat for foodies. Kids will love Santa’s Grotto and the Friday night fireworks, while grown-ups can watch cooking demos from Rick Stein, Nathan Outlaw, and Angela Hartnett. The Christmas market will be selling local meats, cakes, chocolate, and craft beer, as well as festive staples like cheese, gin, and Christmas pudding.
Each winter, York is transformed into a winter wonderland, complete with ice-skating, Santa’s grotto, and the St Nicholas fair. There will be plenty of festive food on offer at the Shambles Market, plus mulled wine by the fire inside Thor’s Tipi.
With over 170 stalls in one huge marquee, Shrewsbury Winter Festival is the ideal place to start your Christmas shopping. Continue Reading
Christmas is almost here but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to visit a Christmas market, as many are still open in the run up to the big day and well into the first week of January. Here we pick five of the best markets for arts, crafts and a glass of mulled wine (or two).
There are, predictably, a number of Christmas markets that have popped up all over the capital, which makes picking just one to feature a little difficult. There is the Winter Market at the Southbank Centre, where chalets line the river with crafts and various food and drink stalls, which runs until 8 January. There is Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland, where there is ice skating, circus shows, a big wheel and more to explore until 2 January, while another Christmas market can be found in the heart of Leicester Square until 8 January. For those after something a little different in the capital there is the Christmas edition of the Real Food Market in King’s Cross. The market celebrates and supports local producers and independent food businesses, and the festive special will have the best seasonal foods on offer until 23 December.Continue Reading
With only 19 days until Christmas, it’s time to stock up on festive gifts and stocking fillers for all your favourite people. If you need a little inspiration, head over to Pinterest where we’ve rounded up 70 of the best Christmas gifts for foodies. (Note: You’ll need a Pinterest account to view the list – it’s free to join). Click below to visit the gift guide.