Media release: Foodie delights at Country Living Magazine Christmas Fair

FOOD landscape

CHRISTMAS brings out the foodie in us all. For festive inspiration join an impressive gathering of chefs and food experts at the Country Living Magazine Christmas Fair,back at the SEC from 15 – 18  November.

Over 300 of the UK’s finest craftsmen and women will gather together under one roof to offer unique gifts, decorations, crafts, food and inspired interior ideas, to help bring that magical Christmas sparkle to every home.

The sights and aromas of the Country Living KitchenTheatrewill delight and inspire as an impressive gathering of chefs and food.Visitors can watch demonstrations and pick up tips from top chefs and cooking professionals as they prepare tempting seasonal festive dishes, using delicious, fresh ingredients.

Guest presenters will include John Quigley from Red Onion, Jasmine McDonagh of Scotia Spice who will be on hand to share the secrets of using spices in cooking and Sheila Jones of Mrs Jones Passion in Baking will be decorating cakes and sharing her top tips while Michelle Maddock of Clootie McToot Dumpling will share the secret of making the perfect dumping and Bob McDonald from Burren Balsamics will explain why Balsamic Vingegar is so much more than a dressing.

Away from the Theatre, the temptations and treats continue with an exclusive collection of artisan food and drink producers will give visitors the chance to sample authentic regional delicacies such as gourmet sausages and hams, local cheeses and pâté, Christmas cakes, puddings, chocolates and tempting festive drinks and a visit to Creative Orkney and Orkney Food and Drink is a must for all craft and food lovers.

Arts and craft lovers can pick up everything required to get seriously creative this Christmas and have a go at creating their own unique items at The Country Living Crafting Workshops where 23 sessions will take place over the four days.

A festive day’s shopping wouldn’t be complete without popping in to the Viking Cruise Champagne Bar –a great place to review purchases, plan the rest of the day’s shopping or just relax with a glass of champagne.

For further information or to book tickets call 0844 581 1385 or visit


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Opening times

Thurs 15 Nov            10am-5pm

Fri 16 Nov                  10am-5pm

Sat 17 Nov                10am-5pm

Sun 18 Nov               10am-4pm


Day and VIP tickets are available in advance and on the-door, starting at £12.50 for a standard adult advance ticket (subscriber discounts available).

A VIP package is available, with prices from £60. VIP visitors will receive a goody bag, worth over £35 packed with festive treats, complimentary bubbly and access to a private lounge with complimentary tea and coffee throughout the day.

Tickets for The Country Living Crafting Workshops can be booked in advance, priced at £4 each.

About Country Living Fairs

The Country Living Fair began nearly 30 years ago with a spring edition in London, and soon afterwards, a Christmas edition was launched. In 2004, a spring edition was launched in Glasgow, which was changed to a Christmas fair in 2008. The Glasgow show has grown significantly since its inception and now boasts over 300 exhibitors, and attracts over 17,000 visitors.

Country Living Christmas Fair showcases new and upcoming talent, providing designer-makers with a platform to showcase their goods to high-spending visitors, who travel from all over the country to visit. Visitors can choose from a selection of home and garden ware, arts and crafts, regional food and drink, and the latest fashion and accessories.

Case studies and photography

Various exhibitor case studies and photography are available on request.

Press Office at the event

Country Living will be operating a press office at The Fair on Thursday 15 November.

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