Friday, 18 November 2011

The Food Blogger Gift Swap at Fortnum & Mason #LetsMakeChristmas

There are about 50 food Bloggers coming today to swap edible Gifts at the fabulous Fortnum and Manson from my initial posting. It's really happening and it's today  .. ( I must remember to breath  .. I can hardly believe it's today  .. it feels like Christmas!)

I am so excited ( .. in case you hadn't noticed)   I haven't finished the final post of Let's make Christmas .. but I have s few photo's to show you as a sneak preview so there are about 70 Christmas gift recipes to post!  How amazing is that ?

Oh I am tingles and excitement  & Dan Lepard is deciding which is the best and will be there with his new book Short and Sweet. ( I know I need a couple signing for Christmas gifts myself !)

 I'll see you all there at 3pm ...  it's going to be fab!!

You will need to bring along your gift to Fortnum & Mason's 4th floor at 3pm (with your name and the recipe must be attached in an envelope.)  Your gift needs to be entered into the swap by 3.45pm. Your gift get’s a number and a category.  At the end of the event you get to pick out the tickets (According to how many gifts you brought with you ) out of the hat and leave with the gifts correlating to the number that you have picked from the hat it's like a raffle and you will leave with someone else’s gifts.  I wanted to add a bit of gentle competition to it all ... so Dan Lepard has very kindly offered to judge the gifts and the timetable is as follows: 

4 -5pm Dan Lepard will judge the entries and pick the winning gifts.

5 .45pm you pick a ticket out of all the entries and you leave with a gift.  

The gift categories are:
1 Pickles and preserves
2 Sweets
3 Alcohols / Drinks
4 Cakes, biscuits and baked goods
The Prizes are as follows
Overall best gift.  –  Fortnum & Mason Hamper
Best preserve / pickle is Aga Preserving Pan & Maslin Pan
Best sweets – Rococo Chocolates course with Laurent Couchaux -  the Principle Chocolatier at Rococo Chocolates and winner of Chocolatier of the year 2011
Best drink Champagne tasting class with Leiths Cookery school resident wine expert, Richard Bampfield this fun, informative tasting of the world’s most desirable tipple is the prize for the best drink
Best baked goods Signed book Short and Sweet by Dan Lepard & a Kenwood kMix KMX58 Stand Mixer, Citrus Yellow
mixer by a leading brand of Kitchen appliances Kenwood.  ( Hurrah for British design!) 

The Rules
You must share your recipe and blog about your gift using the Fortnum & Mason Let's make Christmas Logo in the blog post. 
You may enter up to 3 categories. Minimum entry is 1 category. 
You must provide an envelope with the recipe inside and your name and email address. Ingredients must be clearly marked to accommodate andy food allergies. 
All gifts must be packaged in a way that is appropriate for someone else to transport home. 
Prizes will be sent directly to the winners.  If you win you will need to leave your address with me at the end of the day. 
All decisions by the judge are final  and there are no cash or product alternatives. 
All gifts must tbe hand made, and credit the recipe to the author if appropriate.
You must be over 18 to participate.

Must dash  .. I've a train to catch



  1. That's a great event and I wish I could be there with you!

  2. Can't wait to read all about your adventures! Have a wonderful time!

  3. From what I can gather on Twitter, it seems to have been a huge success. Well done Vanessa, hope we can get something up and running in Scotland for next year! Janice @serialcrafter

  4. Vanessa, a huge thank you:-) it was such a delightful afternoon, it was marvellous to meet you and so many other great bloggers.
    It must have taken a great amount of work to organise the gift swap, thank you.
    Jude x

  5. Oooh, those are my chutneys and jellies! Thanks Vanessa. Hope the swap goes well.

  6. Merry Christmas to everyone - wish I could be there to see all the delicious entries. Can't wait to see your blog in the coming days.

  7. I am oh so terribly jealous of everyoe who attended! Can't wait to read all about it :)

  8. Wish I could have been there. What a great idea. Hope to read more about it soon.

  9. It was the BEST event I have attended in ages and a HUGE THANKS to you for all your hard work and such a great idea.......I will post on my blog about the day, but am still suffering from travel-lag! LOL!

  10. I've been reading about what a wonderful event it was .... well done you!!

  11. Thanks for organising this Vanessa. It was really good fun!

  12. This coming Christmas, I would go over this recipes and probably prepare one on Christmas eve. If not, definitely on New Years Eve. I found the food great and good to eat.

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