Ely Cathedral and local businesses have been busy making preparations for the annual Christmas Gift & Food Fair taking place this week.
Now in its 8th successive year, the event is expected to attract over 16,000 visitors with coach bookings from as far as Leicestershire, The Midlands and the Home Counties. Widely acknowledged as one of East Anglia’s exceptional Christmas shopping experiences, the event will run from Thursday 14th to Saturday 16th November.
One of the many highlights is a restored Victorian Fairground Carousel, dating back to 1886, which is always hugely popular with visitors of all ages.
No Christmas event would be complete without a glass of something festive from the Mulled Wine & Fizz Bar while hungry shoppers can choose from a great selection of gourmet food vendors including Verrechia Crepes, The Raclette Sisters, Norfolk Hog Roast and The Rural Coffee Project.
Organisers are delighted with the growing interest in the event. “A few years ago we took the decision to add an extra day but to keep ticket numbers the same. As the event grew in popularity we wanted to ensure it remained a pleasurable experience for all visitors. This year pre ticket sales have exceeded all expectations however we will continue to sell tickets on the door throughout the event providing we don’t exceed our limit.
Several new traders will make up over 100 handpicked stalls located inside Ely’s magnificent medieval nave. Amongst those to catch your attention as you browse are Dittany Rose (Funky Jewellery), The Speculating Rook (Interior Accessories), Hunt and Feather (Unusual Gifts), and The Bookbinders (Contemporary Stationary).
The ever popular Festive Food Hall will be packed with artisan suppliers from across the region offering plenty of tempting treats for your Christmas larder including delicious produce from cheesemongers, distillers of gin, vodka and other winter warmers, specialist charcuteries, chocolatiers and purveyors of jam, pickles, spices and oils.
Ely Cathedral Gift & Food Fair runs from 14th – 16th November 2019.
To book tickets visit www.elycathedral.org or contact the Cathedral Box Office on 01353 660349.
Press release from Ely Cathedral