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Thursday, 25 November 2010

Christmas Events & Baking Competitions

I get quite a lot of emails asking me to 'blog' advertise food, events, offers, gadgets etc and I know I'm not alone. Most of them are not quite in keeping with what I am trying to do here on my blog, but having said that, I know that I have a large number of readers who do not have food blogs and they might like to know of some of the Christmas baking competitions and events that are happening. Here are a few that I know about.


Taste of Christmas
Held at Excel London (3-5 December 2010), Taste of Christmas is an event celebrating food and drink. There is a boutique market where you can source those essential ingredients for your festive table before settling down to a fine wine, rich coffee, quality cheese or chocolate tasting.
You can visit the Taste Theatres, where top chefs like Heston Blumenthal, Antony Worrall Thompson and Jean-Christophe Novelli share their kitchen secrets.
12 of London’s top restaurants will be serving up seasonal menus of everything from traditional classics to cutting-edge cuisine - plenty to fire up the imagination, and your tastebuds.

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I went to this last year, had a lovely time and came home with some terrific things. Here are the Bar Wizards, it was quite exciting to watch them in action!

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Tate & Lyle Cake Competition
Tate & Lyle are also appearing at the Taste of Christmas with their ‘We Love Baking’ stall, bringing their Facebook community to life. They will do a selection of different baking master class events, as well as recipe cards being handed out. You may be interested in checking on the We Love Baking Facebook page for further news and updates.

To celebrate this, Tate & Lyle are organising a competition. Prizes up for grabs include baking goodies courtesy of Holly Cupcakes, a stylish apron from Posh Pinnies, plus VIP tickets to the event! For a chance to win, simply send a photo of your Christmas Cake, Snowy Cupcakes or Festive Christmas creations to the address given on their website by Tuesday 30th November 2010. Please click this link for more information.


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Lurpak Bake Club
It's the first birthday of the Lurpak Bake Club and they are trying to get the nation to bake! Pop over to the site for inspiration and to upload your Bake Club photos.
Lurpak also has a 'Good Food Finder' site, where you can search for the best local produce in your area, or recommend your own Good Food Find, whether it be a traditional butcher or locally made cheese.

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Vegetarian Food Competition
Linda McCartney Foods, is looking for budding chefs across the UK to submit their tastiest vegetarian dish by 28th January 2011 - with the winner's dish joining the Linda McCartney Foods range and hitting shelves next September - www.tastiestmeatfree.co.uk

The three finalists, chosen in February next year will also appear on ITV's This Morning in three films.

Linda McCartney's love of vegetarian food enabled people to have confidence, enthusiasm and know-how to prepare home-cooked meat-free meals for all the family. This passion continues today with Linda McCartney Foods offering the UK public the chance to create a dish that will join the current range.

From 22 November 2010, hopefuls will have ten weeks to submit their recipes until 28 January 2011. From here, a judging panel will whittle down the entries to just three finalists who will receive a Baumatic oven of their choice*. In addition Linda McCartney Foods will come to your hometown to create a mini documentary of you creating your tastiest meat free dish which will then be aired on ITV in April 2011. The next Linda McCartney dish will be chosen by the public through online votes and announced in late April 2011. In addition the winner will receive a handmade kitchen table provided by world renowned English Furniture maker Titchmarsh & Goodwin.

To enter and for further information on the Linda McCartney Food's search for the UK's tastiest meat free dish visit www.tastiestmeatfree.co.uk
*Finalists will be able to choose from a selection of three Baumatic cookers

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Most Wanted Yule-Blog Bake Challenge

This competition is from VoucherCodes 'Most Wanted' magazine and is about having fun, getting creative and coming up with something tasty that says 'Christmas' to you. It could be anything from an artisan bread, layer cake, cupcake, scone, macaron, whoopie pie, cookie, pie......the list really is endless the only constraint is that it has to be something baked.

Bake something Christmas themed and you could be in with a chance of winning a £150 John Lewis voucher. Entries must be in by Monday December 13 2010. You can submit your entries by emailing entries@vouchercodes.co.uk or post your entry up on your blog and email them to let them know it's there.

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Russell Hobbs Kettle Search
Do you have a Russell Hobbs K1 kettle somewhere in your attic? Russell Hobs have started a search for this kettle, which came out in 1955 and was the first kettle in the world to turn itself off once it had boiled - before this people had to be next to their electric kettles to turn them off manually and stop them boiling dry. The K1 solved the problem with a valve switch that turned the power off when the steam from the boiling water passed through it.

They are asking people to tweet their pics of their K1 to @russellhobbsuk, put them on the Russell Hobbs UK Facebook page or upload them to the Russell Hobbs Flickr page. Every picture they receive will win a 10% discount off a Russell Hobbs purchase and Russell Hobbs promises the lucky owner(s) of a K1, the full Russell Hobbs unique Heritage Collection.

Jason Steer, European Marketing Director comments: “Despite all the nice stories we hear about the newer K2 product we sadly haven’t been able to track down a working version of its older brother the K1, and this is why we have decided to launch this competition to find a fully operational version. We would like people everywhere to check in their relatives’ attics and basements – anywhere they think one could be hidden”.

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National Curry Week
We are right in the middle of National Curry Week (21-27 November 2010) and to celebrate this, Cobra Beer is working with curry houses across the UK to spice up the nation’s favourite regional dishes.

Having teamed up with currinary talent and best-selling Indian cookery writer Pat Chapman, made-for-curry beer Cobra conducted a survey which identified the nation’s top ten favourite regional foods. Various ‘Br-Indian’ versions were then created of each of the nation’s ten favourite traditional dishes. While the humble Yorkshire pudding has been named Britain’s number one favourite regional dish, the results of the survey also includes the Cornish pasty, the Devonshire cream tea, the Bakewell tart, haggis and Welsh rarebit – all of which have been ‘curried’ in celebration of Cobra National Curry Week 2010.

There are ten new delicious recipes – including ‘Devonshire cream chai’, a spice-infused take on the teatime classic served with chilli jam; ‘ha-ghee-s’, traditional haggis served with curry sauce; and ‘pie, madras & liquor’, an Eastern twist on the East end favourite – which will be sold in participating regional Indian restaurants across the country throughout Cobra National Curry Week 2010, 200 years on since the very first curry house opened in Britain in 1810.

For details of the nearest participating curry house as well as the recipes and details of the curry houses selling the special dishes during National Curry Week, go to the Cobra Beer home page or their Facebook page.

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One of the recipes, Yorkshire Chilli Pepper Pudding, looks really good!
Photo courtesy of Cobra Beer

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Kent Food Events
If you are in Kent and are interested in the Kent Christmas Farmers' Markets, you will find a good list on the Kent Life website.

Yalding Gardens are having a special Christmas Fair on Sunday 28 November 2010. You will be able to buy a varied range of delicious products, including chocolates, biscuits and cob nuts. Entrance is free and it runs from 10-6pm.
There will also be a range of workshops. These will focus on skills such as Wreath Making by Blooming Green of Channel 4’s My Dream Farm fame, and a helpful cooking demo by Hari Covert - Kent's first underground dining chef on "how to cook for a stress free Christmas". There will be delicious seasonal fayre on offer to keep all visitors fed and watered. Father Christmas will pay a visit so the kids can meet him and collect a small gift, and there will be a whole host of fun and games for old and young.

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I am not paid to promote these sites on my blog, however, I do occasionally get offered free samples and products to try.

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5 comments:

Deeba PAB said...

Hello chica. Love the way you've rung in the season. So much happening there; I'd love to take part! If only I were in the UK...

Charlene said...

I was bemoaning the fact not long ago that I never seem to get the offers of stuff etc. that loads of other bloggers seem to get sent... And then I realised there was no info anywhere on my blog about how to contact me. D'oh!

Jan said...

What a lot of lovely things happening!

Su-yin said...

I would love to go to Taste Christmas (I love the summer one in Regents Park), but am somehow ALWAYS working that weekend! :( Maybe next year I'll be luckier...

bellini valli said...

If only I were in the UK I would be in foodie heaven Nic.