Monthly Archives: May 2015

Living North Christmas Fair-Newcastle

We’re absolutely delighted to have been hand chosen as one of the 260 exhibitors for this years Living North Christmas Fair Newcastle, held at Newcastle Racecourse 5-8th November. This is probably the largest Christmas Fair in the North East and running for 4 days it’s certainly the biggest fair we’ve ever done. We’ll be making lots of ginger wine along with some really cool ginger hampers for all your ginger loving friends and family. There’ll be our usual children’s baking kits as well as our new Marshmallow & brownie milk bottle kits. Of course we’ll be bringing our milk rice pudding bottles with fresh vanilla pod, as well as lots of delicious ginger beer, cinder toffee and gingerbread men. There’s also be a chance to taste our award winning ginger syrup sponge pudding, which will be available to buy and either eat now or freeze and save for Christmas Day pudd!!

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http://www.livingnorth.com/northeast/events/essence-christmas-newcastle/christmas-fair-newcastle

May Bank Holiday Food Festivals at South Shields and Middlesbrough!

We’ve busy preparing for two Food Festivals next weekend, South Shields at Bents Park which is on from Saturday 23rd May-Monday 25th May. It’s completely FREE entry and boasts over 50 foodie stalls, we LOVED attending last year and had so much fun eating, drinking and listening to some live music. Street Food Galore and we’re right beside the sea!

Our other festival takes place at our regular Stewart’s Park farmers’ market on bank holiday Sunday, it’s their annual Food Festival and will have over 30 stalls, again it’s completely FREE and set in the beautiful grounds of Stewart’s Park where you’ll also find a large craft and arts section along with a super café where you can grab a bite to eat :-)

http://properfoodanddrinkfestivals.co.uk/south-shields.html

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Durham City Christmas Festival 2015

We’re super excited to be part of the Durham City Christmas Festival again this year. Held between Friday 4th December – Sunday 6th December. Last year’s festival was fabulous, and with over 100 stalls we can guarantee a really festive interesting Christmas market offering so much choice with local produce, arts, crafts, jewellery hot food stands, and all set in the beautiful grounds of Durham Cathedral! Wow! We can’t wait!

http://www.durhamchristmasfestival.com/

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The Ginger Journey & GSK Glaxo Retired Staff

This week I spent a delightful afternoon with the lovely retired ladies (and a few gents) of Glaxo Barnard Castle. I was invited along to their regular monthly meetup at the Glaxo Sports & Social Club in Barnard Castle. Despite it being almost the end of April I arrived with  a snow storm! Literally! However I soon warmed things up offering everyone a glass of my delicious non alcoholic ginger wine. As everyone listened to my ginger journey hearing about how these days I’m better known as The Gingerbread Mam they heard to tales of how food & drink havgsk pic 2 GSK glaxo pic 1e been influencing  & inspiring me since I was a little girl, spending time with both my Nanas enjoying great home cooking and having regular teas of tripe & bacon, fat & bread suppers, rabbit stew dinners, Stottie cake bacon sandwiches,  milk rice puddings, custard tarts, apple pies & firey mildly alcoholic ginger beer. Apart from a bit of nose turning at my tripe tea everyone had a splendid afternoon, tucking into hot tasters of my award winning ginger syrup sponge pudding in between munching on melt in the mouth cinder toffee. The grand finale was demonstrating how to make a ginger beer plant, which one of the lucky ladies took home with them and promised to feed daily for a week, and I promised  on the 7th day they’ll be supping 2 litres of gorgeous homemade mildly alcoholic ginger beer! Thank you Glaxo for inviting me along, I had a really uplifting afternoon with you all, I hope everyone enjoyed the day as much as I did.