HRCC Christmas Gift and Food Fair – A great day out

The region’s shoppers flocked to Chelmsford City Racecourse at the weekend for the HRCC Christmas Gift and Food Fair – raising money on behalf of Helen Rollason Cancer Charity. The Fair saw over 80 independent retailers come together to sell a range of high-end items including gifts, homeware, jewellery, art, books, toys and much more. It was smiles all round as visitors watched live entertainment from a variety of performers including the Braintree Male Voice Choir, The D’Ukes, The Chelmsford Silver Band and Abigail’s Performing Arts.

Outside the grandstand was a food promenade where shoppers could enjoy a glass of mulled wine or sample gastronomic treats from the likes of The Giggly Pig Company, McCarthy’s, Nonna’s Kitchen, Mena’s Indian Banquet and the Cheese & Pie Man. Meanwhile, younger members of the family were able to have professional photos taken in a pop-up Winter Wonderland. There was even a raffle to win a Fortnum & Mason hamper and a signed Chieftains ice hockey shirt.

Kate Alden, Helen Rollason Cancer Charity Fundraising Manager said: “We’ve been absolutely blown away by the amount of visitors that we’ve had at this year’s Christmas Gift & Food Fair. We’ve received some fantastic feedback about the quality of the products on offer and everyone’s been really impressed with the new venue at Chelmsford City Racecourse. The weekend has offered a great day out for all of the family and it’s been wonderful to see so many people coming out to support the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity.”