Spring has finally sprung which means one thing for long-standing Local Food Britain member, Gran Stead’s Ginger Co - the start of its annual tour of some of the biggest craft, food and country shows in the south.
It’s a chance for owners Chris and Rosemary Knox to showcase their delicious soft drinks, including award winning non-alcoholic ginger wine and, importantly, to chat with the people who love their products.
“We get such positive feedback at these shows,” says Chris. “It gives us the chance to show how versatile these drinks are, to build a loyal following, and people love hearing the story behind the drinks.”
The `road-show’ for Gran Stead’s kicks off gently on Saturday April 7 and Sunday April 8 with a short journey from its home at Mile Oak Farm in Portslade to the Lancing College Craft Show. With a stunning venue set on a hill overlooking the sea, the show has everything from artwork, ceramics, furniture and textile, and, of course, food and drink.
Then two weeks later, Gran Stead’s will be heading slightly further afield to the popular Garden Show at Firle Place Park & Gardens. This three-day event is a mecca for garden lovers, but also includes artisan food and drink.
“It’s thirsty work looking round these shows so we’ll be ready to revive visitors with samplings of our drinks and the chance to buy a bottle or two to take home with them.”
Between now and mid-December, almost every other weekend is `show time’ for Chris and Rosemary, who are familiar faces at fairs and food festivals across Sussex and Surrey.
“We have been making Gran Stead’s ginger drinks for many years now and I still get a real buzz from attending these shows and taking our products direct to our consumers,” says Chris. “They are long days but it is worth it to see the delight on people’s faces when they try our drinks.”
Make sure to say hello to Chris and Rosemary at any one of the events listed on their website. Put Saturday June 30 in your diary too, as you will have a chance to visit Gran Stead’s on their home turf at the Mile Oak Farm open day.