How do you get into the Christmas spirit? At the weekend I was lucky enough to be invited to celebrate Christmas with Jet2 Holidays at Food Sorcery in Manchester! The event celebrated Christmas market destinations and Jet2Citybreaks with a Christmas cookery class* and a wreath-making workshop*. I had an amazing time at the event, keep reading to find out what I got up to!
Jet2CityBreaks Christmas Event
When I arrived at Food Sorcery in Manchester, I was greeted by the lovely ladies from Jet2Holidays with a glass of prosecco. Who says you can’t start drinking before midday?! We were told all about what festive things we would be doing that day and it was so nice to begin to feel Christmassy with other bloggers. Not only that, there were amazing canapes to eat including the most incredible pigs in blankets I think I have ever eaten. Honestly, I was in pigs in blankets heaven! We were then split into groups to start the Christmas cookery class.
Christmas Cocktail masterclass
The first thing we did was do a cocktail masterclass, taught by the wonderful ‘Harrogate bartender’ aka Alan! We learned how to make Christmassy cocktails that are perfect for this time of year. Spoiler alert … I am not a cocktail making expert. Let’s just say I won’t be quitting the day job! Regardless, the class was so much fun, and who doesn’t love midday cocktails.
The first cocktail we learned to make was a Christmas Cosmopolitan, a festive twist on the cocktail classic! Mix vodka, Cointreau, gingerbread syrup and cranberry juice together and shake. You can see my disastrous attempts at cocktail shaking on my Instagram blog highlights. Finally, garnish with a candy cane and you’ve got yourself a Christmas cosmo! The cocktail was delicious, simple to make and perfect for this time of year.
Next up was a Snowflake cocktail. Mix vanilla vodka with creme de cocoa, coconut puree and milk and rim the glass with desiccated coconut. This cocktail sure looks Christmassy but I am not the biggest fan of coconut! Nonetheless, I drank it, because you know, alcohol is alcohol, and it was surprisingly nice!
The cocktail masterclass was so much fun, I never realised how easy it was to make cocktails and it was interesting to see how to give classic cocktails a Christmas spin!
Blini Cooking class
Next up was a cooking class where we learned to make Blinis. I won’t lie to you, I had absolutely no idea what a blini was. They’re essentially little pancakes with savoury toppings. Now, you can all probably tell that I am no chef … luckily I was only responsible for the garnish and making the Blinis look pretty! The chef teaching us made smoked salmon and mushroom blinis – even using truffle to garnish!
I decided to make a pickled carrot blini with edible flowers, red currants and micro-herbs … totally instagrammable. If I do say so myself, I did a pretty good job! They tasted amazing and looked stunning! They were also incredibly easy to make – you could make this as canapes for your Xmas party or even on Christmas day.
Gyoza Cooking class
The next thing I made was pulled turkey gyozas, requiring a little bit more skill on my part. The gyozas were filled with pulled turkey, cabbage, carrot, spring onion and plum sauce. The gyozas were served with cranberry sweet chilli sauce, fried sprouts and shallots. Like I said before, I am not a domestic goddess, but honestly, I did a pretty good job – just call me Chloe Ramsey! The turkey was incredible, and these are a quick and easy way to use up your turkey leftovers after Christmas.
Christmas wreath making
The second part of the day was so exciting – we went to the Waterside Hotel for mulled cider, mince pies and a wreath making class*. Making a Christmas wreath was probably the most therapeutic thing I’ve ever done. It was so fun to make a wreath and it was crazy how different everybody’s wreaths looked even though we used the same foliage! I won’t say this is the best wreath ever created but it wasn’t half bad! Sadly the wreath did not make it home in one piece but at least I got photographic evidence before it all apart (if you see a trail of red pears and cinnamon sticks in Didsbury – just ignore pls).
Jet2Holidays also kindly gifted me some goodies including a Jet2CityBreaks advent calendar*, hot chocolate*, a Christmas bauble*, spices* and even a personalised cookie*.
I had the most incredible day celebrating Christmas market destinations and city breaks with Jet2Holidays and Food Sorcery. I left feeling so festive and now I can’t wait for Christmas!
What are you doing to get into the Christmas spirit? Will you be making any of the festive food and drinks mentioned in this post? Have you ever dabbled in wreath making? Let me know in the comments.
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