I am thrilled to be able to announce that I shall be switching on the spectacular Christmas lights in Westgate-on-Sea on Sunday 2nd December! The day starts at 11am and finishes at 5pm and there’s a whole load of Christmassy craziness going on in between.
Please come along and join in the festive fun! You can have a dance, listen to the bands, buy some tasty local produce and visit the 50 market stalls that will line the streets of Westgate-on-Sea for last minute present ideas.
Not to mention of course I’d love you to come and say a big hello to me as well. Who knows…I may even be able to tell you our chances of a white christmas!
Who will be there?
Academy Fm will be reporting live from the event all day.
A large Market with up to 50 stalls
A Fun fair
Father Christmas in his grotto from 12 noon.
Carol Singers 1 – 130pm
Live local Bands will perform throughout the day:
In-demand 11am – 12
Beggers Belief 230 – 4
The Moments 12 – 1
In-demand 1 – 2
MC Spokasonic will perform a track he has just released – Time to be announced
AND the Christmas lights switch on at 430pm – I look forward to hearing some huge Christmas cheers!
See you all in a few weeks, mwah mwah! x
Despite the rain hundreds of people turned up at Hambrook Marshes, near Canterbury, for the annual Haymaking Festival. It was a terrific day and will help raise money to keep the area looking as beautiful as it does.
Mmm scrumdelicious…a very tasty Venison burger from the boys at Godmersham Game. Thank you!
And a spread of a different kind – a Foraging Feast courtesy of Caroline Hunt who collects all her base ingredients by hand out in the wild. From top left going anticlockwise we have Dead nettle pakora, nettle samosa, fried mallow leaves (you can even pick out their distinct leaf shape), horehound toffee (in the wrappers), Jelly Ear fungus chocolate (just below the pink toothpick container. It was really tasty, almost healthy!) and finally top right the rose petal baklava. Seriously all immensely tasty as well as having that Ray Mears surviving in the wild edge! Caroline was a font of foraging knowledge and she offers a bespoke foraging service and wild food cookery demonstration. You can contact her on firstname.lastname@example.org
Live music throughout and a tasty beer tent – (thanks Rory!) meant the rain was ignored and the enthusiasm bloomed. House of fudge were there with delicious slabs of yumminess, Romney Marsh Wools selling soaps and lotions and cute little woolly slippers, as well as Jenni Rogers selling her beautiful handmade silver jewellery (I got some stunning dragonfly earrings – look out for me wearing them!) and I shall look forward to next years Festival with glee! (July 2013)
Ooops – caught in the act of pouring myself a pint!
And finally, for the very brave (or foolish) you could try Paul Babra’s Death Hot Sauce with your delicious Canterbury Curry Club chick peas, chicken and basmati rice! The chickpeas were the best I have ever tasted…but there was no way I was going to go for the Death sauce after I saw what it did to one poor girl! (Face as white as a sheet with the words ‘What have you done to me Paul?’). Fortunately he gave her a free curry to say sorry! A brilliant fun day and thanks to everyone for all their hard work.