Festive Food & Drink

We've put together 15 ideas that will help create an eco festive feast. Take a look, too, at our Food & Drink Gifts which are just as good for planning what to put on your table this Christmas.

1. Christmas in a Box from Riverford

Whether you are in charge of the larder for your festive feast or looking for an exceptional gift for food-loving friends, Riverford offers everything you need for your Christmas dinner - all in one convenient family hamper.

A family hamper or festive box provides all you need for your Christmas table to groan with goodies - from a free-range organic turkey, seasonal organic vegetables and characterful handmade cheeses to buttery mince pies and clotted cream.

Delivered direct to your door, you can avoid the hurly burly of Christmas shopping hassle while luxuriating in the knowledge that your feast not only tastes good but has been ethically produced.

Price: Check online for prices and contents
Available: from Riverford at www.riverford.co.uk
Link: http://bit.ly/UDlpNv

2. Festive Fizz

Everyone needs at least one bottle of fizz at this time of year - and Vintage Roots have a perfect choice: Champagne Fleury, blanc de noir.

It's from the highly-praised French biodynamic producer Jean-Pierre Fleury and is made with Pinot Noir grapes. The palate is of ripe cherry and raspberry, with notes of brioche, hazelnut and vanilla. It goes well with turkey and fish, and will make an excellent aperitif.

Price: £25 (normally £26.50)
Available: from Vintage Roots at www.vintageroots.co.uk
Link: http://bit.ly/QE22Du

3. Well Hung Meat

A perennial favourite of ours, Well Hung Meat provide a super Christmas Organic Turkey and Trimmings Box. The box includes a fantastic organic free-range Kelly Bronze turkey, streaky bacon, chipolata sausages and pork sausage meat for stuffing. All the ingredients for a perfect Christmas feast.

A free organic cranberry sauce and sage and onion stuffing help sweeten the deal.

As a Christmas product you will be charged a deposit of £25 now, and the reminder a week before your order is dispatched. Delivered on Friday 21st December

Price: £99.99
Available: online from www.wellhungmeat.com
Link: http://bit.ly/TGuZw7

Price: See website for details
Available: www.browncoworganics.co.uk
Link: http://bit.ly/SIZ2nv

4. Brown Cow Organics

Brown Cow Organics has a delectable organic Christmas Fayre food selection of organic meat, organic poultry and organic dairy products to see you through the 2012 Christmas season.

The range includes: Norfolk Bronze organic turkeys, organic goose, organic beef, specialties, accompaniments (such as stuffing, sausages, chipolata's, and bacon), organic gammon, organic yoghurts (including their Christmas pudding flavour!), organic panna-cotta and cream.

Brown Cow Organics are famous for their wonderful beef - a traditional Boxing Day favourite. Rick Stein said "All I want for Christmas is some Brown Cow Organics Sirloin beef". Sheila Dillon, presenter of The Food Programme on Radio 4, also described the beef as "the most delicious piece of meat that I have ever tasted!" It's clear why customers return every year.

5. Traditional Turkey

The TFTA - Traditional Farm Fresh Turkey Association - are a membership of over 50 turkey producers, producing in excess of 165,000 turkeys to high welfare standards specifically for the Christmas market.

The TFTA was formed in 1984 and today has more than 50 farmer members throughout the UK. They choose slower growing breeds and rear them to full maturity. The turkeys are dry plucked, usually by hand, and then hung like a game bird for at least seven days. They are sold through independent butchers, farm shops and direct from the farm.

Link: www.totallytraditionalturkeys.co.uk

Price: boxes from £25 to £75
Available: from Chesil Smokery - www.chesilsmokery.com

6. Chesil Smokery

Chesil Smokery in Bridport, Dorset, is the brainchild of managing director Mark Firth, who has been hooked on fishing ever since leaving school at the age of 18 to become a gilly on the Spey, and has travelled the world in his pursuit of all things piscatorial. Now he has channelled that passion into restoring an old smokery at Bridport and helping it to rise, quite literally, from the ashes.

Using English oak and apple wood in its kilns to produce a beautifully sweet and delicate aroma, Chesil Smokery sources only the finest produce - the fittest, leanest salmon (never fatty or oily) from the icy waters of the Shetlands; fresh fish from Samways, the famous fish merchants of Bridport, and the tastiest and freshest free-range chicken and poultry from Creedy Carver of Crediton, Devon.

7. Suffolk Food Hall

Discerning foodies can now order their Christmas hampers from the Suffolk Food Hall, winners of 'Best On Farm Butcher in Britain', 'Best Local Food (UK and Ireland),' 'Retailer of the Year' and the 'UK's top 50 Best Farm Shops'.

The Ipswich-based Suffolk Food Hall, which is a one-stop-shop food and drink emporium showcasing the 'best of the best' in Suffolk produce, is one of East Anglia's foodie (and recession-bucking) success stories. Since opening in 2007, it has fast gained a reputation as a 'centre of excellence' amongst its 250,000 clientele.

Available: The Suffolk Food Hall's entire food range can be viewed on their online shop at www.suffolkfoodhall.co.uk. Hampers can also be ordered by calling 01473 786 610.

Price: RRP £5.99
Available: Available from Waitrose, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Ocado & independent health food stores.
Link: www.goodwebsite.co.uk

8. Good Oil

For many, perfect roast potatoes are the best part of a Christmas dinner. Roasties cooked in delicious, fresh, nutty tasting Good Oil are not only a much healthier option, but they taste delicious too.

The 100% cold-pressed hemp seed oil has caught the eye of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, who describes Good Oil as "the most interesting culinary oil to come my way for a long time. It has a unique nutty flavour, with a pleasing, lingering aftertaste. It has plenty of character for trickling on toast, over soups and salads, and making all kinds of dressings. And - perhaps the ultimate test - it makes terrific roast potatoes."

The nutty flavour of Good Oil complements stuffing and seasonal winter veggies. What’s more, it's very low in saturated fat and packed full of healthy Omegas 3, 6 and 9, so you can feel less guilty as you help yourself to a second helping of roast potatoes.

9. Ozone Coffee

Ozone Coffee Roasters, the award winning New Zealand café and roastery which opened in Shoreditch, London earlier this year, has launched its first ever special seasonal blend.

They have selected, roasted and blended the highest quality coffee beans from Brazil, Guatemala and Kenya to create the Limited Edition 2012 Christmas Blend, which brews rich, naturally sweet, complex coffee with a full, rounded body.

Flavours evoke the festive season, with roasted nuts, cocoa, caramel, raisin and dark red berry fruit. The aroma is dynamic with citrus peel, bold fruit and floral notes.

Ozone uses time-honoured, hand-crafted roasting methods and a traditional drum roaster to create sweet, smooth and full-bodied blends with unique varietals that result in balanced, complex and aromatic coffee. Distinctive single origin coffees express their unique region, variety, careful harvesting and terroir in each cup.

Price: The Limited Edition 2012 Christmas Blend is £9 per 250g bag
Available: to buy at the café on Leonard St in Shoreditch, London. Credit Card orders can also be placed via email info@ozonecoffee.co.uk. Orders are shipped to any UK location for a small delivery fee.
Link: www.ozonecoffee.co.uk

10. Bottlegreen's 'Enjoy Hot' Cordials

Embrace the winter spirit with Bottlegreen's range of Enjoy Hot cordials. Delicious and elegant, they will keep you warm all the way through the coldest months - simply add hot water, sit back and sip.

Varieties include Spiced Berry, Elderflower and Ginger & Lemongrass.

For the ultimate warmer, dilute fragrant Ginger & Lemongrass cordial with hot water to unleash its distinctive aroma and fiery taste. The combination of Thai root ginger and tender shoots of lemongrass makes this drink a great accompaniment to food, or a refreshing midday pick-me-up.

Price: from £3.15
Available: from most supermarkets
Link: www.bottlegreendrinks.com

11. Berry White Detox

After all the inevitable Christmas overeating and excess alcohol, BerryWhite offer a much needed post-indulgence and New Year detox with its newly launched certified-organic soft drinks packed full of exotic superfruits and high quality natural ingredients.

Inspired by all things good the range comprises of four delicious variants, all combining white tea with superfruits renowned for their high nutritional value and high anti-oxidant capacity. One of the flavours includes Echinacea which is great for the immune system and for helping to fight against winter coughs and colds.

The drinks contain no artificial preservatives, additives or added sugar.

Price: RRP £1.69
Available: from Ocado, Amazon and Planet Organic
Link: www.berrywhite.com

Price: San Cristobal £2.79 & Sao Tome £2.69
Available: San Cristobal in selected Asda, Waitrose and Cooperative stores. Sao Tome in selected Waitrose stores only.
Link: www.cafedirect.co.uk

12. Chocolate Indulgence from Cafédirect

Cafédirect has two warming chocolate drinks for a touch of festive indulgence.

San Cristobal luxury hot chocolate is perfect for a treat on Christmas eve, sipped by the fireside before bedtime. 100% natural and made from only two ingredients, the cocoa in this add-milk hot chocolate comes from the Dominican Republic. Try adding chilli flakes or vanilla syrup for a really different taste.

Sao Tome is a 100% natural instant hot chocolate made from the highly-prized Criollo cocoa bean. Deliciously smooth and sublimely chocolaty, it is made with cocoa grown on the West African island of Sao Tome.

Cafédirect has a unique business model with a dynamic mission to change lives and build communities. It was the first coffee brand in the UK to carry the Fairtrade label.

13. Divine Chocolate

Divine provide the perfect way to finish a festive meal with their mint or ginger thins. Like the well-known after-dinner thins, just better. Much better!

Suitable for vegetarians. Free from artificial flavourings, colourings and preservatives. And Fairtrade-certified

Price: £3.50
Available: from www.divinechocolate.com and in some supermarkets
Link: http://bit.ly/NcpI1j

14. Nettle Jelly from Hawkshead

This Nettle Jelly from Hawkshead Relish Company won gold this Summer at the Great Taste Awards. Locally gathered young nettles produce a rustic jelly expertly balanced with a sweet apple base. It is handmade in small open pans making this a true example of regional originality.

It's a wonderful condiment for an extra mature farmhouse cheese - something different, eccentric and quintessentially English for a festive table.

Hawkshead Relish are well known for their innovative and inspirational recipes. The company was founded following the Foot & Mouth epidemic when Mark and Maria Whitehead found their café devoid of customers and their livelihood threatened

Price: £2.95 200g jar
Available: from www.hawksheadrelish.com
Link: http://bit.ly/OGXvzW

15. Potash Farm Kentish Cobnuts

Kentish cobnuts were favoured by the Victorians who enjoyed them as an after dinner accompaniment to vintage port. They have been grown around St Marys Platt in Kent since the early 1800s and by the turn of the century an estimated 7,000 acres had been planted in orchards - known locally as plats.

Combining the distinctive flavours of very high quality chocolate and the roasted kernel of the cobnut, Potash Farm Plattinum chocolates offer a rare and exceptional after dinner luxury.

The Potash Farm 2012 crop has the full Soil Association organic status. Potash is the only farm to have this accolade for cobnut production.

Price: 100 g bag £ 7.50; 125g display box £9.99
Available: Free nationwide delivery direct from Potash Farm - www.kentishcobnuts.com - last date for Christmas ordering Friday 21st December 2012
Link: http://bit.ly/QUyIVb

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