On Monday 2nd May New Lanark’s annual Spring Food and Gift Fair will highlight the best of local goods with a variety of stalls showcasing tasty food, drinks, crafts and gifts from across the country. This is a fun day out for the whole family to make the most of the Early May Bank Holiday, getting a taste of Scotland as well as picking up some beautiful gifts.
The Fair is being held in the forecourt and inside the Institute for the Formation of Character which celebrates its Bicentenary in 2016. Entry is free and the fair is open from 10am – 4pm.
Visitors will be able to choose from a range of Food Stalls selling tasty food such as burgers, cheese, pickles, condiments & a hog roast. This can all be washed down with a range of Drink Stalls selling everything from artisan coffee from Glasgow to locally made cider & beer. For those with a sweet tooth, there will also be a range of Confectionary Stalls selling candy floss, fudge, tablet and lots of other sweet treats. There will even be a special Pop-Up New Lanark Ice Cream Parlour in the Institute’s River Room for children to make their own Ice Cream Sundaes.
At the Fair there will be a fantastic range of Craft Stalls from artisan makers selling glassware, handmade jewellery, cards, paper goods and woodwork. These will be accompanied a selection of Knitwear & Textiles Stalls, including New Lanark Wool & Textiles which is produced on-site using historic textile machinery. There will also be plenty of Gift Stalls, giving visitors the chance to treat themselves or pick up a present for a loved one with Prints & Photos, Health & Beauty Products and Children’s Clothing
Let’s meet some of the stallholders…
All Things Nice Food
We are a family run, local business producing artisan products using only the finest ingredients. Our jam, chutney and marmalades are handmade in small batches in a kitchen, not a factory. No artificial colourings, flavourings or preservatives are added, only using natural sugar and fruit for sweetness (no fructose, fruit syrup, corn syrup or any other unrecognisable ingredients you’ll often find in your supermarket products). We use traditional recipes, sometimes with a modern twist, resulting in a delicious, quality product which is as good as we can make it. Our gift bags, with your choice of contents, make perfect presents for birthdays, Christmas, special occasions or just to say thankyou to a neighbour, teacher or friend.
Laura Haining Jewellery
Laura Haining Jewellery offers a diverse range of sterling silver necklaces, bracelets and earrings. These are embellished with pearls and precious gem stones; beautifully simple and balanced for weddings and special occasions. A complimentary collection of desirable and stylish costume jewellery reflects the wearer’s individual personality.
A selection of hand turned spinning tops in a variety of woods. I am based in Ayr South Ayrshire and I sell my tops at fairs throughout the SW of Scotland. Spinning tops are my passion and I have a collection many different styles some of which are hand turned by myself including the traditional whipping top of street play of yesteryear.
Jessica Stafford Cameron Designs
Jessica Stafford Cameron has a BA in Painting from San Diego State University and MA in Design from University of Leeds. Jessica has illustrated the books ‘The Tale of Jessie the Highland Cow,’ ‘I Once Had a Chimpanzee’ and colouring books, written by her father-in-law Roy Cameron. Jessica has also produced Gaelic greeting cards and prints with Gaelic proverbs paired with her illustrations for the Gaelic Book Council. While working abroad in New Zealand she met her Scottish husband, Roy’s youngest son. They are now living happily ever after in Scotland.
What started as a hobby, moved quickly to become a passion and ended up an obsession!! Hand made jewellery and all things glittery – I just can’t stop making them, so much so that I had to end up selling them to fund my obsession. My customers seem happy enough with that!!!!
I design and make necklaces and earrings from freshwater pearls, Czech crystal and silver beads. I usually only make one or two of the same designs in my necklace range, not because I want to offer exclusivity, but mainly because my memory is so bad that I cant remember previous designs!!!
My jewellery is sparkly and fun and because this is more a hobby than a business I can afford to sell my gorgeous jewellery at pocket friendly prices. The more I sell the more I get to make!! Everyone wins!
Items are all handmade, including soft furnishings, home décor items and stitched gifts. Some of the items you’ll find on my stall are Cushions, Doorstops, decorative woolen wreaths, stitched gift items for young and old, fabric hangings and fabric embellished cards for a variety of occasions. I’m a self-taught crafter with a passion for creating beautiful items for my clients to enjoy. I love working with fabrics and wool to create a variety of items for your home. I’m a mother, a wife and I also work in a day job for an Architect (so design is in the blood). Crafting is a bit of an escape, something that I can immerse myself in after all the daily chores are complete and I get great enjoyment out of the items I create.
My products are lovingly made; I love using textiles and use a lot of tartan and wool fabrics for my makes. I up cycle items such as travel rugs into cushions and you will sometimes find me raiding the remnant bins in search of those hidden gems! Bits of cut offs that I can create something that will be loved and enjoyed. I like trying out new things, a recent idea is combining my passion for working with textiles and an urge to make cards… the result a range of bespoke fabric decorated cards for all occasions.
Memories Recaptured – Anne Scott
I am a local artist who resides in Lesmahagow. I love to paint especially Scottish Landscapes and Seascapes. From these paintings I produce glass heat resistant coasters,place settings and paperweights. There are a variety of different sized prints some of which are in mounts and some in frames. The most recent project was to put some of my prints onto mugs. On the day of the Fair I will also have some very reasonably priced original framed oil and acrylic paintings.
Real Lanarkshire Photography
I am a local photographer, from Hamilton, who has been taking photos for over 20 years. My work mainly consists of urban landscapes and cityscapes of Glasgow and the Clyde Valley. I work in both colour and monochrome, with images taken during the day and at night. My portfolio includes both standard and panoramic images which emphasise the natural beauty of our local area. Mounted prints are available in a variety of sizes to suit all pockets and can be supplied with frames or as print only if necessary. Images can also be ordered as acrylic or aluminium prints if desired.
Pauline Rae – My Secret Kitchen
Our products are made from unique spices and the best ingredients, then custom blended for flavours you can’t find in the supermarket. They are all natural, without MSGs, added preservatives or gluten. We have quite a large product range including olive oils, balsamic vinegars, teas, chocolate powders, herbs and spice blends. Pop along to my stall to taste them for yourself.
The Funky Fudge Company
The Funky Fudge team are proud to provide a vast range of luxury hand-made Fudge, Tablet, & Macaroon from Hebridean Sea Salt & Caramel to Eton Mess and our now famous Millionaire Fudge. We are also delighted to announce a new addition to the Funky family our hand-made, mouth-watering Chocolate Truffles. Tasting is Believing!!!
Cabbie kids make slogan giftware for children and babies. Humerous t-shirts and unique Scottish gifts all made from fine, found and vintage fabrics.
The Floss Boss
Candyfloss & Popcorn machine hire in Ayrshire and Glasgow. Available for birthday parties, weddings, fetes, gala days or any other event!
The Upcycled Timber Co
All of our products are handcrafted in our workshop in Fife using reclaimed whisky barrels, pallets and timber. We transform discarded wood into beautiful, functional and quirky accessories and furniture for you, your home and your office.
Linda Slater – Paper Floristry
I use a variety of cardstock, paper,vellum or mirri board to create my flowers. They are hand stamped, heat embossed cut out and shaped to create different effects. I love working with different textures and particularly love creating the different colour combinations.
Flavours ‘n’ Favours
I am a professional chef/baker and started out making wedding/novelty cakes and favours. With increasing demand for tablet and fudge for favours and subsequently further orders for some of my produce, I decided to branch out and do some local fairs selling my tablet, fudge and some home baking. All my produce is hand made by myself using quality ingredients and no preservatives.
Jamberry Nails by Gillian
Jamberry Nails Wraps are a durable and easy to apply affordable nail product just launched in the UK. They have no drying time, are chip resistant and waterproof. They come in a wide range of colours and designs with more than 300 to choose from to suit any style or occasion. We even have a Junior Jamberry range with wraps suitable for little hands and fingers. They are long lasting, and last around 2 weeks on fingers and 6 weeks on toes.
Les Plaisirs d’Odette
Les Plaisirs d’Odette produces the finest French cuisine. It’s the ideal gift and the perfect starter and dessert for any dinner table. With French owner Emma’s selection of sweet treats (from gift wrapped French macarons to salted caramel) and savoury jars of pork, duck or fish pâtés and vegetable spreads and relishes, there is something for everyone’s taste and fancy. Just browse through the online store. Alternatively, check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for the list of farmers’ markets and food festivals that we attend. See more at www.lesplaisirs.co.uk
Sew & Saw
We are a couple based in Cumbernauld & having previous careers in Engineering & Nursing we now find ourselves as full time crafters travelling all over the country meeting new & interesting people. When travelling further afield for our “work” we often have our caravan Herbie in tow & stay a few extra days.. It’s a hard life being a crafter!!
Servus Haggis is made from deer offal, toasted pinhead oatmeal, onions, some suet (a mix of beef and venison), some salt and a handful of spices. That’s it. No artificial colours or flavours. No preservatives. Just good, wholesome food plus a load of time, love and attention.
Neal’s Yard Remedies
Neal’s Yard Remedies are known for their effective, organic, natural and wild harvested health and products.
Our products are certified by the soil association, this means you won’t find parabens, GMOs, mineral oils, synthetic fragrances or colours, or anything else we believe could cause you or the planet harm in any of our products. Just lots of lovely pure natural and organic ingredients.
We believe in honesty and indicate every organic ingredient on our labels and website. We are the WORLD’S FIRST health and beauty company to be awarded 100/100 ethics in an independent audit by the Ethical Company Organisation.
We have products suitable for all the family from beautiful skin care to treating the treatment of eczema. Visit me online at https://uk.nyrorganic.com/shop/racheljohnston and follow me on Facebook for special offers and monthly free prize giveaways www.facebook.com/RachelJohnstonNYROrganic/
That’s My Fleece
Small family business specialising in producing hand-knitted baby garments. Christening Shawls and Gowns, Girl’s and Boy’s wear and not forgetting a range of premature babywear. All our garments are hand produced using machine washable wools, allowing for everyday use. We also have a range of baby accessories, gifts and cards, as well as seasonal children’s sweater for the Halloween and Christmas periods. Orders can be taken for any garments which do not appear on our current range for both children and adults.
Support new, local, Scottish business today and try a bottle of FOAL. This brand new drinks concept brings the flavours of fantastic orange and lemonade to the premium, craft soft drinks market in a classy glass bottle. Try it on its own or as a mixer with your favourite gin and JOIN THE REVOLUTION.
FOAL was born from an idea – one of the favourite non-alcoholic drinks throughout the UK has always been fresh orange and lemonade. However, with such a tipple comes the problem of having to buy two separate drinks– there is no ready to drink, convenient alternative.
Two years on, FOAL (Fantastic Orange and Lemonade) was brought to the market in March 2016. Now it’s available to enjoy guilt-free – at only 80 calories per bottle – with your favourite meal, or as a refreshing mixer with gin or vodka.
FOAL aims to retain its key values and prides itself on being a Scottish Brand with a Scottish Attitude. We are a proud, determined and honest brand. We may be the underdog, but we are not afraid to stand up and fight for our place in the market.
Stockists are starting to pop up across Scotland, so whenever you see the black silhouette, Join the Revolution, try a fantastic new soft drink and support young, brave new business!