Renna's Discoveries: Eat & Drink Festival - Christmas 2017

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Eat & Drink Festival - Christmas 2017

Christmas is on its way !!! And what better way to get ready than to get stocked up on festive bubbles and to go through the some exciting new Christmas Recipes. 2017 is set to be a fizz-filled Christmas as food producers create a range of Prosecco and Champagne-filled dishes for the festive season. Perfect place to go first is the Eat & Drink Festival.
Research conducted by the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has reported that UK residents drink their way through around 85 million bottles of Prosecco each year with a large percentage of the sparkling beverage consumed over the Christmas period.
Sales of sparkling wine and Champagne have soared an incredible 72% in the UK since 2012, with 97% of 18 to 24 year olds also claiming to enjoy Prosecco and other sparkling alcohols. I love drinking champagne, sparkling wine, Prosecco, Cava, sparkling rose, and of course, any of these in a cocktail is even better. It's a sophisticated way of drinking and no straws necessary, so they are even better for the environment. (Any excuse, I know, but still, its a good enough excuse !!)
This year, food retailers such as Waitrose, Marks & Spencer and Sainsbury’s are incorporating the fizz trend into many of their festive recipes, stocking their shelves with an array of dishes such as Prosecco-filled turkey, raspberry and Prosecco panna cotta terrine and Prosecco panettone. Sound good don't they.

Wine expert Olly Smith commented: “The introduction of more fizz-themed dishes at Christmas reflects the UK’s love of bubbly around the festive season. Infusing holiday dishes with Prosecco, sparkling wine and Champagne may sound bonkers, but as long as it tastes splendid, I say let’s dive in!”
Olly Smith appears next to mixologists and other Christmas-tipple experts at the Eat and Drink Festival, which runs at Manchester’s EventCity from 9 to 12 November as well as between 22 and 26 November at London Olympia.
Visitors can enjoy a taste of Christmas from around the world as well as sample and shop for fresh produce and handmade products such as from balsamic vinegars, oils and pastries and stock up on festive treats including brownies, cakes and puddings.
Tickets also give access to the Ideal Home Show at Christmas, which runs alongside the foodie event. So you have a great opportunity to buy Christmas Gifts and other Foodie Items. I am very excited for this event as I love foodie festivals of any kind and when alcohol is involved, it's even better.

Tickets for the Eat and Drink Festival 2017 are available now from the website or by phone on 0844 209 7330, children under 16 enter free. Adult Tickets are from £13.00 each.