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With the nights getting darker, children back at school and the frosty mornings beginning to show, the festive season is just around the corner, and believe it or not, Christmas will be here before you know it.
The Lincolnshire Festive Food and Gift Fair is returning to the Lincolnshire Showground this winter, and with more than 8,000 people expected to attend and advance tickets now on sale, here’s everything you need to know about the festive extravaganza.
The indoor festive fair is held across two indoor halls (so you don’t need to worry about the weather). Held on Saturday 30th November and Sunday 1st December, the fair is open from 9am through to 4pm on each day.
What is the Lincolnshire Festive Food and Gift Fair?
The two-day event is one of the biggest food festivals in the county, with more than 150 exhibitor stands. The popular event will showcase the county’s finest foods, unique gifts and offer free festive entertainment for children. Now in its 19th year, the Food and Gift Fair is one of several events organised by the Lincolnshire Agricultural Society, and organisers are preparing for the biggest and busiest fairs to date.
Jayne Southall, CEO at Lincolnshire Showground, said: “Preparations are well underway for the Food and Gift Fair, and we are getting ready for this year’s Fair to be the best yet! It is a fun festive event to suit all ages and tastes, including foodies, families and Christmas shoppers and is guaranteed to get everybody in the Christmas spirit.
“Visitors will be able to sample the best of Lincolnshire produce, including famous pork pies, speciality cheese, wine tasting, locally distilled gin, chocolate, fudge and much more. There will also be free activities for children including hands-on-crafts, Christmas storytelling and baking activities and we also have a few more surprises rolled up our sleeves – so watch this space!”
Will there be any other entertainment?
The popular Santa’s Workshop area will return to the event for its fourth year, providing hours of free entertainment for younger visitors including a reindeer food bar, designing pet bandana’s with Zukie Style, Christmas pottery painting with The Little Pottery Studio, willow weaving with Lincolnshire Willow and story telling from Lincoln Performing Arts Centre. Hobbycraft Lincoln will also be giving children a chance to make festive wrapping paper and design their own Christmas cards.
Local choirs will be entertaining shoppers with live performances and the Lincolnshire Kitchen will be brought to life by top chefs and producers who will be sharing their top tips and favourite festive recipes.
Hundreds of new, local and exciting exhibitors will also be taking a stand at this year’s Fair including the 2019 Grow with the Show winner Designed for Dogs, local gift shop With Love from Lincolnshire and popular bakery 42nd East Bakehouse, amongst many more food, drink, gift and craft exhibitors.
How much are tickets and parking?
Tickets for the Fair can be bought online or over the phone at £5 each (plus postage) in advance and are £6 on the gate. Under 5’s go free when accompanied by an adult.
Visitors will have access to free parking on site
Tickets can be bought online at www.lincolnshireshowground.co.uk/whats-on/event/foodandgift19
Win tickets to the Lincolnshire Food and Gift fair 2019
To help you kick start the festive season, we are lucky enough to have four tickets to Lincolnshire’s Festive Food and Gift Fair to giveaway.
Prize: Four tickets to the Lincolnshire Food and Gift Fair (held on Saturday 30th November and Sunday 1st December)
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