Festive cheer filled the Lincolnshire Showground this weekend at the annual Lincolnshire Food & Gift Fair, which saw 150 exhibitors and more than 8,000 visitors through its doors.
Lincolnshire’s finest food, fresh produce and unique gifts were all on display, as well as Santa’s Workshop, which offered hands-on-crafts for the little ones to enjoy.
Local suppliers were also present, offering everything from speciality cheese to wine, to famous Lincolnshire sausages and locally distilled gin, as well as beautiful decorations and one of a kind gifts.
Alison Walling from Lincolnshire Willow had a stand inside Santa’s Workshop for the first time, offering children a chance to get creative and try willow weaving.
Alison said: “It was a truly fantastic weekend, we had so many visitors across both days – it was non-stop! The children had so much fun making stars and Christmas trees out of natural willow – it was lovely to teach them a new skill. Seeing their beaming smiles and happy faces when they saw the end result was the real highlight.
“The atmosphere across the Showground was as lively as ever, there was definitely a sprinkle of Christmas magic about the place.”
Jayne Southall, CEO of the Lincolnshire Showground, said: “We were so pleased to have so many visitors to the 18th Lincolnshire Food & Gift Fair. Christmas is such a special time for the whole family – we’re so happy to make this magical time come to life.
“The Lincolnshire Kitchen went down a treat, with passionate chefs and producers showing off their secrets and demonstrating their favourite festive recipes, and the live performances from local choirs certainly helping to get visitors into the Christmas spirit!
“The Food & Gift Fair is such a fun event for all the family, it suits all tastes and all ages, and we are extremely proud to welcome so many local visitors and exhibitors each year to celebrate the very best that Lincolnshire has to offer.
“We would like to say a big thank you to everyone that had a part to play in making this year’s Fair so special and we thoroughly enjoyed kicking off Christmas in true Lincolnshire Showground style!”