Last Sunday we packed up our pots and pans and hot-footed it down to this year’s must-see Christmas venue – the Spiegletent near Millenium Square – where we were proudly sponsoring the cookery school at the Christmas Love Food Festival.

What a day we had! We arrived at 8.30am to start setting up our stall and the school, and Christmas was well and truly in the air! Wafts of mulled cider and roasting chestnuts filled the air as we proudly took our place amongst many of Bristol’s best local food and craft producers.

In the children’s area, Devilled Egg teacher and sugar-craft expert Layla Pegado stole the show with a gingerbread house like no other. The attention to detail was extraordinary; you could even see little gingerbread men peeping out from behind sugar-crafted curtains! One lucky winner got to take the gingerbread house home with them too (although we would have been terrified of breaking it!).Gingerbread

The cookery school action kicked off with Honeybuns bakery giving gluten free baking tips and ideas, before Louise McCrimmon from Harvey Nichols made our mouths water with some beautiful cooking.

We were up at 1pm, with a special announcement to begin. You may have been reading about our charity Golden Egg Cook Off, which saw 11 Bristol University students battle it out ‘Master chef’ style. The final took place the week before, but we decided to wait to announce the winner at the festival. Worthy winner Ana was presented with our very own hand-crafted trophy (along with a host of other fabulous prizes), before taking to the stage for her very first cookery demo with Barbora.

Barbora and Ana delivered some impressive cocktails and canapés for the crowd to try, including scallops with blue cheese and black pudding, and a scandalously easy chocolate mousse served in a dinky chocolate cup. The lucky audience also received some of Barbora’s top tips for preparing this year’s Christmas feast.lovefood

After all that we had to stop for some lunch. Spoilt for choice, we went for a lamb and salsa verde bap from Ross and Ross – we weren’t disappointed – washed down with an obligatory cup of steaming mulled cider. Our stall was also a huge success, with people hungry for information about our courses and Christmas vouchers. If you haven’t bought yours yet, you still can, we can post right up until 20th December!

The day wrapped up at 4pm with full tummies and bags of bargains and gifts, all supporting local producers. If you missed it, make sure you get to the Valentine’s Love Food Festival in February. If you were there, thank you for coming to support us. Finally a big thank you and pat on the back to Lorna and Sarah for organising such a smashing event – we can’t wait until the next one!

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