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Your favourite parts of the magazine come to life in the Country Living Lifestyle Theatre sponsored by Sofa Workshop. Stop by and our team of professionals will show you how to entertain in style. Listen to advice and tips from the professionals with our themed talks throughout the day. Come away knowing how to pick the perfect Christmas wine, gift wrap awkward shapes and create a Christmas wreath.

2016 Timetable

Meet the Team

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Catherine Carter

Floral designs with Christmas in Mind

17 NOV - 11:00 - 11:3018 NOV - 11:00 - 11:3017 NOV - 13:00 - 13:3018 NOV - 13:00 - 13:30
Demonstrating  designs that are easy to replicate, using techniques to achieve a professional finish.  Advice and explanations will be given during each demonstration.  Questions can be asked at any time during and after the floral presentations.
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Fiona Sciolti

Sciolti Chocolates

Lebkuchen & Spiced Hot Chocolate

19 NOV - 11:00 - 11:3020 NOV - 11:00 - 11:30
Join International Chocolatier, Fiona Sciolti and learn how to make these delicious, traditional festive bakes. Brimming full of warm seasonal spices, Fiona will pass on hints and tips to make and decorate these stunning cookies, together with showing you how to make her now famed Spiced Hot Chocolate.  She'll also let you in on the secrets to a perfect chocolate finish - used to decorate these delightful Continental biscuits.  Lebkuchen are an indulgent treat for a chill Winter's eve or fabulous and personal, handmade Seasonal gifts.
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Fi Oberon

Festive Felting

17 NOV - 12:00 - 12:3018 NOV - 12:00 - 12:3019 NOV - 12:00 - 12:3020 NOV - 12:00 - 12:30
Join Fi Oberon as she creates charming Christmas decorations from felt. Fi combines simple techniques from felting and embroidery to marvellous effect in ways we can all achieve. She will show us how to make an Oberon Pod basket and her adorable take on a mini Christmas Tree. Both make great family projetcs.  Fi uses her substantial design skills working for a charity in Nepal enabling women to earn a living wage producing high quality felt products for the western market. Come and enjoy  Fi’s infectious enthusiasm for felting and the project in Nepal.

Richard Callum

The Truckle Cheese Company

Creating The Perfect Cheeseboard

19 NOV - 13:00 - 13:3020 NOV - 13:00 - 13:30
With thousands of high quality cheeses available with more than 700 of these being British cheeses, creating the perfect cheeseboard can be quite a minefield.  Richard from The Truckle Cheese Company will be advising from his many years of experience in the cheese/diary industry on the best ways to create the perfect cheeseboard.  He will discuss the recommended quantity to serve, ideal cheese combinations, style, texture, shape, temperature and colour.  Along with accompaniments to serve alongside.  Richard will be sampling some of our best selling products (which are available to purchase at the show) and some of our more unusual products.
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Edinburgh Gin

Christmas Cocktails with Edinburgh Gin

17 NOV - 14:00 - 14:3018 NOV - 14:00 - 14:3019 NOV - 14:00 - 14:3020 NOV - 14:00 - 14:30
Join Edinburgh Gin for a fun, interactive and most importantly, delicious session where we’ll demonstrate a collection of three cocktails for the holiday season! We'll showcase a variety of drinks made with Original Edinburgh Gin, festively-spiced Christmas Gin and one of our ever-popular fruit gin liqueurs. A fantastic opportunity to learn about the magic of mixology, and enjoy a sample of our festive gin and tonic!
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Karon Grieve

Natural Pot Pourri

17 NOV - 15:00 - 15:3018 NOV - 15:00 - 15:3019 NOV - 15:00 - 15:3020 NOV - 15:00 - 15:30
Have a so easy Christmas by making your own fun festive wraps using scarves, herbs and spices and even tea-towels. Decorate with super easy recycled raggy garlands and make your own festively fragranced all natural pot pourri that will last right through the winter.