Ultimate 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
A festive alternative to the popular PTA hog roast, serve
slices of turkey in baps with cranberry sauce. Charge around £2.50
and ask your butcher to pre-slice the meat for convenience. As
everything is pre-cooked, there's no waiting time. Offer a brie and
cranberry version as an alternative for vegetarians.
Lucy Gianferrari, PTA Chair, St Mary's Catholic Primary
School, Marple Bridge, 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.'
Roo Kanis-Buck, PTA Chair, Holy Family 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 £140!'
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 us £60.'
The perfect drink to keep little (and big) ones warm. Heat
in a slow cooker and offer extras such as marshmallows or
cream at an additional cost. Practise making it up in smaller
batches beforehand to determine quantities of powder to milk and
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 clear triangular 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.'
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, squirty
cream or both. 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 a £59 profit. The feedback from the fair was brilliant,
and we made £2,600.'
Use a slow cooker, soup urn or tea urn to keep it warm and
charge £1.50-£2.50 per glass. When purchasing bottles, check that
you can return any that are unopened so you can overbuy to avoid
running out. A wholesaler such as Booker will allow this.
Buying it ready-mixed saves hassle, but you can always add
ingredients such as fruit and fruit juice to make it more
flavoursome and cheaper to produce. Selling mulled wine requires a TEN, which costs £21 and can be
purchased from your local council. Allow ten working days for
processing. Consider providing a non-alcoholic version that
everyone can enjoy.
Find out more about making mulled wine.
Snacks and treats
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.
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
Charge a vendor a pitch fee to sell hot roasted chestnuts at
your fair. The smell alone is guaranteed to get everyone in the
festive spirit - and it will ensure they sell plenty,
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!'
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