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Christmas shopping at eat:Festivals

Shopping bags at the ready! Stock up with treats at the Christmas editions of the locally focused food and drink markets

Showcasing a plethora of producers and artisans from around the South West, there’s always a brilliant selection of produce including vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, alcohol-free stuff at eat:Festivals roving food and drink markets. With entertainment, kids’ activities – including Father Christmas – and plenty to eat and drink while you’re there (see our mini guide to eating and drinking your way around eat:Festivals), it’s more than a shopping trip – it’s a great day out. The markets are dog friendly, fully accessible and free.

eat:Festivals will be in Street on Sat 20 Nov, Taunton on Sat 27 Nov, Nailsea on Sat 4 Dec, Yeovil on Sat 11 Dec and Weston-super-Mare on Sun 12 Dec. From 10am to 4pm.

Here’s what’s going in our shopping bag…

Chocoholics

May the force be with you. Raw, organic, vegan chocolate truffles from Roarfor, made with cacao sourced from small farm cooperatives in Ecuador and Peru. Think smooth ganache centre, coated in rich dark chocolate… mmmmmmmm.

Are you game?

The wild venison, from the West country’s top estates and privately owned farms via Robert Hawker, is managed ethically, in a sustainable manner and is entirely traceable. Choice of Red, Roe, Muntjac or Fallow – all of it rich and full in flavour, they say.

A drop of the soft stuff

Hallalujah for Hullabaloos’ award-winning, 100% natural soft drinks – all sorts of lemonades, elderflower presse and ginger beer – handmade in Somerset.

Truckle of cheese

You’re spoiled for choice for local and not so local cheeses at eat:Festivals but this truckle of traditional West Country Keen’s Cheddar Cheese caught our eye. The award-winning, unpasturised cheeses come wrapped in the cheesecloth in which they’ve matured and are available in 1.5kg and 3kg sizes – will that be enough for you?

Pud? I would!

Do you like yours with custard, alight with flaming brandy sauce, cream, ice cream or all of the above? Plum Duff & Stuff‘s traditional homemade Christmas puds are vegetarian, dairy-free, and made with organic flour, ethically sourced vegetable suet, free-range eggs, cane sugar, vine fruits and come in six different sizes, serving from three to 16.

Big softies

Gourmet marshmallows – turns out there is such a thing. Grown Up Marshmallows are fat and gluten-free. So does that mean we can eat as many as we like?

Fizz

Somerset sparkling wine from the Wayford Vineyard on the Somerset/Dorset borders near Crewkerne. Hic!

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