Spring Fair opened its doors this weekend (NEC Birmingham, February 3-7, with Volume opening a day earlier), with a myriad of new kitchenware launches (including KitchenCraft, Horwood, Auteur, The DRH Collection, Pendeford Housewares and Le Creuset) as well as some treats for foodies.
GOTY (Gift of the Year) winners – announced on Sunday at the close of the show – include T&G, Dartington and Hot Smoked (full coverage on Thursday’s HousewaresNews.net).
Culinary queen and judge of The Great British Bake-Off, Prue Leith is visiting Spring Fair on Tuesday February 5 (around 10.45am, Portico Designs, Hall 6) to launch her 2020 recipe calendar and diary for food lovers. Prue’s first licensed products also include confectionery (House of Sarunds).
Prue’s licensing guru, Riou Baxter (of Why Management) anticipates that Prue’s future licensing programme will expand into kitchenware and gifts.
Hall 9’s Kitchen & Dining features some gastronomic delights with its new Tasting Table and Artisan Avenue. Makers of quality gift foods such as spices, oils and honey are sampling their wares to cookshops and gift retailers that are diversifying into consumables.
Exclusive offers for buyers placing orders at Spring Fair include 10% off Kiddikutter, the safe children’s knives, melamine products from Sophie Morrell and mugs from Judge Sampson. New exhibitor, Muggi is giving visitors the chance to win an orange Muggi mugs carrier. The unique product catches spillages and features four non-slip rubber feet (which are great for wheelchairs and walking frames), as well as finger and thumb holds to make it easy to carry for young or old hands.
Top: Prue Leith has launched her first licenced product – a recipe calendar from Portico Designs.