FOOD tasting, cooking demonstrations, Christmas gift ideas and a festive guest will all be featured at Ellenden Farm Shop’s Open Day.
The popular event will be staged tomorrow (Saturday) at the farm shop between 11am and 3pm and admission is free.
Sara Turner, who owns and runs Ellenden Farm Shop with her husband David, said: “Our open day gives people the chance to come and sample the best food the local area has to offer, and speak directly to growers and producers like us about the processes their food has gone through before it
reaches their plates.
“It’s all under cover so people needn’t worry about the weather and refreshments will be available.
“We’re offering a 10 per cent discount on Christmas food orders for beef and turkey placed on the day too, and people will be able to order their entire Christmas day menu if they want – prepared and ready to collect in one stress free visit.”
Paul Napper, head chef from the Evesham Hotel, will be doing cookery demonstrations using cuts from Ellenden’s ethically home-reared beef and lamb.
This year there will also be the opportunity to sample smoked trout from Church Lench, there will be artisan breads, and Arthur Rowe and Tony Kennell from the Worcester Orchards Workers will
once again be pressing Ellenden’s home grown apples – so if people bring their own container they
can take some freshly pressed apple juice home.
Father Christmas will arrive by horse and carriage at midday and if weather permits visitors will be able to take a short horse and carriage ride around the farm.
Father Christmas will then speak to children in a traditional London Bus, which will be decked out as a Christmas grotto courtesy of Graham Smith from Broadway.
There is no charge for the experience, but donations for the Midlands Air Ambulance will be gratefully accepted.
The Harvington Handbells will be setting the festive scene from 1pm to 3pm and children will be entertained with face painting and arts and crafts courtesy of Pam Kelly who is head of arts and graphics at Prince Henry’s High School, and Andrea Jones, a school governor from Harvington First School.
There will also be a dog agility competition to watch, the Croome Pony Club will be running a mounted games practice and the Evesham Fire Service are booked to attend.
“This day is about bringing the community together, not only so they can see and taste the wonderful, ethically farmed food that is available on their doorstep.” Sara said.