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Exhibitors Flock to Fleetwood for Christmas Market

Published: Wednesday, 13 November 2013

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Next weekend will see thousands of food lovers and Christmas shoppers descend on Marine Hall, Fleetwood as exhibitors from all over the North West pitch up for the venue's first Christmas Market.

Building on the huge success of this summer's Fylde Coast Food and Drink Festival there will be more exhibitors than ever selling delicious food and drink as well as traditional handmade gifts and unique craft items - everything you need for your festive celebrations.

Taking place on Sunday 24 November from 10am - 4pm the market will be held outdoors along the colonnade and inside in the impressive ballroom. The venue will be split between delicious hot food and drink to enjoy on the day, tasty treats to buy and take home and festive crafts and gifts.

There's plenty for families to enjoy with cupcake decorating workshops by A Slice of Heaven plus artist Shane Johnston will be hosting a Christmas themed workshop where kids can have a go at making their very own Christmas lantern. 

For foodies there's lots to try and buy including authentic tastes of Mauritius from the Hungry Dodo, delicious crepes and pancakes by the Fat Tuesday Food Company and extra tasty fries and sauces by Island Foods. Why not sample something a bit different at the Weatheroak Farm stand with their ostrich meat, venison, rose veal and exotic burgers plus The Real Thai Pie Company is bringing back their brilliant combination of Thai food baked in pie... go on give it a try! The Elephant and Camel Café is also back with a great range of fairtrade vegetarian, vegan and gluten free foods. For something a bit more traditional why not try the Lune Valley Smokehouse's range of smoked meat and fish or Shirley's Pies cooked the old fashioned way.

If you've got a sweet tooth there's plenty to enjoy. Come and taste some of the yummiest cheesecakes around from Poulton based exhibitor The Cheesecake Emporium. Home Maid by Stella will be serving up a Christmas themed treat of homemade cakes, puddings, sweets and preserves and Oh My Cupcake will be on hand with tasty chocolates, fudges, truffles and sweets. The Lancashire Biscuit Company will be delivering an inspired range of tray baked traditional biscuits and Chocolate Magic will once again be bringing their huge selection of handmade chocolate artisan bars. As well as their children's cupcake workshops, A Slice of Heaven will be selling Christmas cakes, plus festive cakes and biscuits.

To finish off Christmas day in style make sure you visit the Cherry Tree to stock up on a range of jams and chutneys, Fat Jax Chutneys for delicious chutneys and relishes and The Cheese Shop to fill up your cheeseboard.

If you are looking for inspiration for your drinks selection why not enjoy a spot of wine tasting with Pieroth Wines, or if it's soft drinks you are looking for head to Artisan Cordials for some fresh fruit homemade cocktails or to the Coffee Carriage who will be serving up specialist coffees, hot chocolate, teas, chai lattes and a selection of hand baked snacks.

If you are making a start on your Christmas shopping there's lots of inspiration. Check out stick maker Brian Mallinson's stall packed full of unique Christmas gifts from handmade walking sticks to deer antlers, candle centrepieces, gents novelty braces and kids hobby horses. Adults and children alike will love Blakeley Bears' handmade collectable mohair bears while Coastal Colours have an assortment of hand turned wooden gifts as well as hand dyed knitting wool.

Gifts for the home include Jennifer Rowland's handcrafted cotton Christmas bells as well as beautiful wall hangings by Pretty Wallflowers and colourful plant displays from Magic Sand Plants.

Don't forget the pet in your life - there's plenty of presents at the Market Pet Supplies stand and Christmas just wouldn't be Christmas without a festive jumper so make sure you give Ho Ho Hoodies a visit.

Whether you are local or new to Wyre make sure you take a look at the Wyre Tourism stand to find out what other great events are on this Christmas, plus get some top tips for where to eat, drink and visit.

Janet Heald, the Event Coordinator at Marine Hall comments, "We are very excited about our latest venture here at Marine Hall. Our very own Christmas Market with top quality producers gives local people a real alternative to the big city markets. We are delighted that many of the suppliers who supported us at Fylde Coast Food and Drink Festival in the summer are returning and we are looking forward to welcoming lots of new faces too. Entry is free and there's plenty of free parking right outside so come along and enjoy a great festive family day out."

For more information visit www.marinehall.co.uk/christmasmarket or call 01253 887693