It was a combination of fireworks, music and parades as Holt marked the beginning of the festive season with its Christmas lights switch on this 25th of November. At Budgens of Holt we invited our customers to try a selection from our suppliers near and far who provided tastes and samples of the very best products we have in-store.
On show was Norfolk Brewhouse, run by Rachel and David Holliday. The Fakenham-based brewer produces high-quality beers and lagers using East Anglian malting barley and hops. Also on show was Woodforde’s Norfolk Ales whose Tinsel Toes sweet ruby ale proves particularly popular at this time of year. For that touch of festive fizz, our customers could sample the delights of Freixenet Spanish cava.
For those desiring an alternative to alcoholic beverages, Hunstanton’s Drove Orchards was on-hand with samplings of its apple juices fresh from its orchards where over 150 varieties of apples, pears and plums are grown.
Also on show was Fincham-based Mr Hugh’s 100% British rapeseed oil — perfect for Christmas baking — and Yare Valley Rapeseed Oils. Grown and pressed on its Norfolk farm, the Yare Valley company sources only the most local of ingredients to produce a range that includes oak smoked, chilli and honey & mustard oil varieties.
Christmas is a time of taste and indulgence and our Holt Lights evening certainly didn’t disappoint. Candi’s Chutney provided samplings of its popular varieties. As a multi award-winning company, Candi’s Chutney recently attained the Kettle Chips Business Mentoring Prize — a company that also attended the evening.
The local theme continued with Broadland Hams — traditional curers and distributors of bacon sausages and hams since 1979 — and M&M Rutland with its luxury homemade haggis, a Norfolk twist on the Scottish favourite. A selection of dairy produce was also on show from Pointens Dairy of Melton Constable — producer of milk, butter, churned buttermilk, cream, live yoghurts and ice cream.
We were also pleased to welcome Chocy Yoggy and Tooty Fruity snacks, as well as Bolsius candles and Harry Brand Harissa sauce.
Budgens of Holt would like to thank all suppliers and customers for their welcome attendance and custom at this year’s Holt Lights event, an occasion that showcased our local suppliers and those further afield.