Ultimate Christmas fair food
Do you need inspiration for Christmas fair food stalls?
Refreshments are always popular, so cook up some treats that will
make their mouths water!
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 and £1,852 from the
Christmas fair in total.'
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 version. The takings
last year were £440. The Polish stall had Polish flag bunting and
Polish music. They sold baked goods, 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 and the PTA earned 50p per slice.
Dominos 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. Two helpers manned
the stall, one serving and the other topping up the slow cookers
when necessary. We found the best way to serve it was to use a
ladle. We charged £1 a cup and 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 the 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 - we made £2,600.'
Use a slow cooker, soup urn or tea urn to keep mulled wine warm
and charge £1.50-£2.50 per glass. When purchasing pre-made bottles,
check you can return any that are unopened to allow you to buy
plenty and avoid running out. A wholesaler such as Booker will allow you to do this. Buying the
wine 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 can be purchased from
your local council - allow ten working days for processing.
Consider providing a non-alcoholic version that everyone can
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. Choose
options that involve minimal cooking and package prettily 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 you 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. Our pupils range from two to
nine, so it was important to us that we had something to appeal to
all ages. The stall went down brilliantly, and we raised
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