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November 24, 2015 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Free Cookery demonstrations at Apley’s Christmas Food Fair this Saturday, 28 Nov

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Chocolate Christmas baubles ! (©Steve Watts)

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Apley mince pies (©Steve Watts)

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Willow making festive cinammon scones (©Steve Watts)

We have an impressive schedule of free cookery demonstrations during our Christmas Food Fair this Saturday, 28 November (10-4pm). Amongst those on the stage will be award-winning Thai chef, Suree Coates of the King & Thai in Broseley, who won the Midlands Good Food Guide Restaurant of the Year 2015. Others demonstrating will be Derrin Wescott cooking pheasant with Lord Hamilton (Gavin inherited his mother’s fab culinary skills), the Netherton Foundry, Martin Moyden of Moyden’s Handmade Cheeses, Annette Cole of Annette Cole, A Taste of Game & Gilly Clayton who hosts the Apley Cookery Club.

Apley Walled Garden brussels sprouts

Apley Walled Garden brussels sprouts (© Steve Watts)

Shoppers can enjoy mulled wine & a hog roast lunch to live Christmas music from the Abraham Darby Academy saxophone ensemble.

Over 20 local producers will be in a marquee, offering customers delicious free tasters of their artisanal food & drinks produced in & around Shropshire. Amongst them will be Addisons wines, Peter’s Yard, Patchwork pate, Oak Apple Catering, Macneil Smoke House, Bakers & Cooks & the Hop & Stagger Brewery who now have a range of 4 beers made just across the fields from Apley Farm Shop.

There will of course be free samples of our own Apley products including meats (don’t miss those award-winning sausages I wrote about yesterday), Julie’s amazing Christmas puddings, mince pies & Christmas cakes. My favourite cheese on our delicatessen counter will always be our own Apley cheese of course, but it’s surrounded by a wide range of other local, national & some international cheeses as well as cold meats, quiches, pies, ready made meals & olives. Our Christmas veg boxes are available in 2 sizes. Christmas butcher & delicatessen orders are already open – forms are available in the shop. Take the chance on Saturday to try before you buy/order – turkey, goose & hams.

With a new Christmas menu each week to choose from, whilst onsite, why not catch our cafe manager Zoe & book your Christmas party in the Creamery Café, just drop in for a Festive Afternoon Tea or bring children & grandchildren for a Breakfast or Tea with a visit from Santa (booking is required). This year’s Santa’s Grotto will be prettier than ever & have an onsite photographer (booking not necessary).

If you’re still stuck for present ideas, choose from our wide range of very popular bespoke or readymade Christmas hampers in the farm shop itself. Apley Farm Shop has gorgeous Courtyard Shopping – Big Little Things (florists & gifts) have a beautiful range (I’ll share some of their photos tomorrow), as does Lottie’s [fashion & homewares]. A voucher for pampering treatments or skin creams from Annie’s Reiki Centre make perfect presents for parents whilst children can post their letters to Father Christmas in the jam-packed Alley Katz Toy Shop. Scotty’s Animal Park is now closed for the winter & the Apley Plant Centre hibernates on 30 Nov until February.

On Sunday, also undercover, we’ll hold The Apley Christmas Craft Fair, 10-4pm – the last for this year.

The whole site is looking really Christmassy – with sparkly angels trumpetting from the beams. During the week 11-18 Dec, our staff will be participating in Save the Children Fund’s campaign, “Make the World Better with a Sweater” (Christmas Jumper Day). They’ll wear fun & festive jumpers & we’ll have collecting boxes on our cash tills.

Christmas is now only a month away ! Yikes – I’ve hardly begun to think about anyone’s pressies !

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