Christmas fair fare
Do you need inspiration on what food works well at a
Christmas fair? Refreshment stalls are always popular, so unleash
your foodie credentials and cook up some treats that make mouths
Stockport: 'We ran a
festive kitchen as part of our Christmas fair. We decorated tables
with Christmassy tablecloths, and served turkey baps with cranberry
sauce, hot dogs, Bailey's coffee, warmed mulled cider, and hot
chocolate. We ordered the turkey from a local butcher two months in
advance. It was difficult estimating how popular the baps would be
and how much to buy, so we
had to hope that guests would be
hungry! The butcher kindly delivered the turkey - pre-sliced,
cooked, and still warm - 20 minutes before the fair started. We had
four volunteers -
two preparing food, and two serving and taking
payment. The turkey baps were served to order, as everything was
pre-cooked and ready to go. People could
also help themselves to
cranberry sauce. We made £322 from the festive kitchen - with
£1,852 raised by the Christmas fair overall.'
Jam and pickles
Ask local allotment and gardening societies to donate surplus
homegrown edibles, then cajole keen cooks into turning them into
jams and chutneys. Visitors to your fair will love buying local
produce, and these will make popular gifts, too.
Reindeer hot chocolates
Rachael Atkinson, PTA Secretary, St William's Catholic
Primary School, Pilling, Lancashire (19 pupils): 'We sold
reindeer hot chocolate kits for £1.50 each - these included
chocolate powder and marshmallows in triangular clear bags, then we
put eyes and a red pom-pom for a nose on each one. We attached a
ribbon and a bell to finish off.'
Roo Kanis-Buck, PTA Chair, Holy Famil School, Langley
Berkshire (479 pupils): 'We have a wide
variety of nationalities in our school, so we have a noodle bar and
Polish food at our fair. The parents source the ingredients,
prepare, cook and serve. The food is priced at £2.50. Two mums from
the Philippines run the noodle bar, serving a chicken-based noodle
dish and a vegetarian one. The takings last year were £440! The
Polish stall had Polish flag bunting and Polish music. They had
baked goods, and a hot cabbage dish and Polish sausages. They took
Run a competition in school inviting pupils to design labels for
Christmas, chocolate, or sticky toffee puddings. Ask parents to
pre-order their puddings to cover your costs, then buy extra to
sell at the fair. Order in bulk from The
Ultimate Plum Pudding Company, making between £2-3 profit per
pudding. Taster sets are also available, so that people can 'try
before they buy'.
Lynda McCallum, former PTA Chair, Whiteinch Nursery
School, Glasgow: 'We approached our local Domino's Pizza
and asked if they had a mobile pizza stall. They couldn't have been
more helpful! It cost us absolutely nothing, they sold slices of
pizza for £1 each, of which we earned 50p. They sent two members of
staff, a mobile stall and a supply of pizzas and packaging. When
they were running low, they contacted their local store and had
extra pizzas delivered by bike! At the end of the event, they gave
Kids in the kitchen
Encourage pupils to make their own sweet treats to sell - think
peppermint creams, coconut ice, and chocolate truffles. Decide on
treats that involve minimal cooking. Finish with cellophane and
ribbon to make the perfect gift.
Festive hot chocolate
Louisa Quy, Vice Chair, Brunswick Park Primary School,
Southgate, London (420 pupils): 'We decided to run a hot
chocolate stall at our Christmas fair. Three slow cookers provided
by parents kept the hot chocolate warm. A local coffee chain
donated strong paper cups and lids for us to use, and two helpers
manned the stall, one serving and the other topping up the slow
cookers when necessary. We found the best way to serve was using a
ladle. For £1 a cup, people could add marshmallows and/or squirty
cream. Refilling the slow cookers was challenging, and transporting
the hot chocolate from the kitchen across the playground had to be
done carefully. This year we will position the stall nearer the
kitchen to make this journey shorter. To make our hot chocolate, we
used milk and a powder mix. Our outlay was £46, and we made £59
profit. The feedback from the fair was brilliant, and we made
Reindeer and snowman poop
Amanda Read, PTA Chair, Longfields Primary School,
Bicester, Oxfordshire (340 pupils): 'Bags of reindeer and
snowman poop were made up by our Treasurer, using chocolate- and
yoghurt-covered raisins. He bought some festive-themed bags online,
decorated them with colourful string, and attached a small poem to
each one. We kept the price low, as we wanted the children to be
able to purchase them. We made £125 profit.'
Decorate a gingerbread hat
Lara Bradford, PTA Chair, Greenleas School, Leighton
Buzzard, Beds (450 pupils): 'We charged £1 for children to
decorate a gingerbread Santa hat - it was important that we had
something for all ages, as our pupils range from two to nine. This
stall went down brilliantly, and we raised £337!'
Christmas fair food recommendations from Facebook
We've had several food-related fair threads appear on
our PTA+ Facebook page over the years. We've picked out the best
bits of advice below... To read all the responses, click here, here, here, and here!
Jacqui Faithfull: 'Turkey, cranberry sauce and
stuffing in French bread or brie and cranberry sauce for the
veggies, we charge £2.50. We buy our turkey in trays from Brakes -
its pre-cooked and we put gravy on and heat it in the oven. We also
serve fancy hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows, Irish
coffee, mulled wine. We also have hot dogs for the kids.'
Claire Lane: 'We do a chicken curry and a chick
pea curry, jacket potatoes and soup, plus hot dogs for the kids.
Curries are cooked by parents to a set recipe. It's very
Jackie Lewis: 'We do cakes and samosas. Non
alcoholic mulled wine, tea, coffee, squash and hot chocolate.
Considering a BBQ with burgers and hot dogs although turkey baps
Ann Davies: 'Last year we paid £25 for a cooked
turkey (cooked by butcher, we collected hot). It made about 40
rolls with stuffing - charged £2.50, hot dogs £1.'
Terri Clarke: 'We do pulled pork baps with
crackling and apple sauce for 3.50 and Hotdogs 2.50 and is always a
sell out. School of 210.'
Sarah Crook: 'We do hot pork rolls with
stuffing and apple sauce and veggie sausages and hot dogs always
Pam Moriarty Moule: 'We've done bacon rolls,
chilli & home made soups at ours.'
Tracey Johnson: 'We do burgers hotdogs and
mince pies always sells out I no its the same as our summer fare
(apart from mince pies!) but if it ain't broke don't fix it.'
Vicky Harvey: 'We do pizza slices,hot
dogs,sausages rolls and mince pies which all go down well and are
not too much hard work.'
Arianna Carlini: 'We usually do
international food and it is always a great hit (our school is very
international with over 20 nationalities represented). Last year we
also had mince pies and non alcoholic mulled wine.
Tracey Morgan-Willcox: 'We have a BBQ selling
sausages and burgers and also Hot Pulled Pork Rolls and Turkey and
Stuffing Rolls, always sell out especially quick to go is the pork
and turkey rolls. The BBQ is are biggest earner.
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