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Was tempted to visit Santa Claus while at the Christmas Fair in the Pavilion near Ballygarvan (signposted from the airport roundabout) at the weekend. But I lingered too long at the many food stalls and indeed at some of the craft stalls as well, about 30 stalls in all.
In any case, I wasn't disappointed. The Flemings Restaurant stand was more tempting than Santa for any food loving adult. So many good things there, not least one of the best made mulled wines I've ever come across.
And then there are the most flavoursome Orchard Chutney and the unmissable Cranberries in port wine and Grand Marnier. And also something very handy, not to mention tasty: individual Christmas puddings, smooth and delicious, really convenient if only one or two are eating pudding or if you have a couple of unexpected visitors. By the way, if you cannot make the Fair next weekend, it is possible to order online direct from the Fleming’s Christmas Shop.
Jewellery, crystal and candles from Peter and Aidan.
Met up again also with Bob Christie of Celtic Kitchen. He had sold out on Saturday and was up early on Sunday to replenish his stocks. One of the results of his early morning kitchen labours was his Lamb Korma Meat Balls with Curry sauce. Bought one from him and it turned out to be fantastic.
Quite a few craft stalls there as well and great to meet up again with Peter Lee of Blarney Irish Crystal in Carrigaline. He had a lovely display of gifts, including some candles made by Aidan. Lots of gift ideas in the air and, of course, in the store itself where I am always fascinated by the shapes and colours of the Mianra soap collection.
It is a busy spot but they have extra car parking facilities available for the fair. Just as well, as the gardeners are still going strong, going by the trolley loads of plants being wheeled out the door. And of course the excellent onsite cafe is also open, great for a break from the shopping.
The Fair is on again next weekend (from 11.00am both Saturday and Sunday). It is the final weekend.
Three individual pudding servings
in this handy package from Fleming's.