The 2018 F&W Advent Calendar is here! 

We are so excited to bring you our 2018 Advent Calendar. What it is? Well, each morning from December 1st - 25th we will publish a new item of Christmas content on the calendar, from gift ideas for the foodie in your life to Ireland's favourite chefs' festive food memories and recipes... plus LOTS of competitions for great prizes!

2018 Advent Calendar: December 1st

2018 Advent Calendar: December 1st

December 1st.

So, here it is, the first day of Christmas is finally upon us! Don't worry, don't panic, we have been planning for this moment and have lots of content for you for the next month to help you out with gifts ideas, recipes for the ultimate Christmas dinner and we also want to give you some amazing prizes (competitions start next week, so make sure and check in every day!). First up, F&W wine writer Raymond Blake has been busy researching some fab gift ideas for wine enthusiasts, or just those that love a good glass of vino! 

Read more Christmas Gift Guide: For Wine Lovers

December 2nd

December 2nd

December 2nd.

We hope you all enjoyed The Late Late Toy Show on Friday? If anything could make us as giddy as watching the toy show on Friday, it is this amazing dessert from chef Edward Hayden. Delicious Baileys and coffee flavours mixed with almond and cream to balance out this fabulous festive roulade. 

Get the recipe here Baileys Coffee Meringue Roulade with Toasted Almonds

December 3rd.

December 3rd.

December 3rd. 

Christmas is a time for giving, right? Well, we are definitely in the mood to do that and to give away an amazing prize to two lucky readers. Jackford Irish Potato Gin have kindly given us two of their Christmas Gin Crackers for this competition.

Click here to enter Jackford Irish Potato Gin Competition

December 4th.

December 4th.

December 4th. 

We are so happy to welcome Oisin Davis as our newest columnist to F&W who will be writing about Great Irish Drinks. From bars and cocktails in Ireland, mixologists and bartenders who are raising the bar (excuse the pun!), to international champions of Irish products abroad. Starting this month with a two-part feature with some fantastic seasonal cocktails, click below for part one. 

Read Oisin's column here Stellar Season Cocktails 

December 5th.

December 5th.

December 5th.

On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me... A hamper! To help you with your Christmas shopping, the fifth day of the F&W advent calendar is a guide to the nicest hampers available. These hampers are the best thing for the people that you're not sure what you should buy; with so many things in each hamper, it's a surprise pick 'n' mix of goodies.  

Read more Hamper Gift Guide

December 6th.

It's December 6th and we have another competition for you! Lir have kindly given us a hamper packed with some of their delicious chocolates to give away to one lucky reader! You can enter the competition at the link below.

Click here to enter our Lir Premium Chocolate competition

December 7th.

December 7th.

December 7th.

Christmas is a time for cooking up a storm, so as part of our advent calendar we've enlisted a few different chefs to give us some of their top Christmas recipes. First up, we have celebrity chef Neven Maguire, who gives us a look into what Christmas is like in his home. Keep an eye on our feed next week to see more recipes and memories from other chefs!

Read more Neven Maguire's Christmas

December 8th.

December 8th.

December 8th. 

The gift of beer! Everyone loves this gift (well, for those who prefer wine, tune in tomorrow *wink wink*), but why wait until Christmas, we want to give you beer now! The lovely people – Emma Devlin and Cathal Donoghue – at Rascals Brewing Company have kindly given us some beer to give away to you. Click below to find out how to enter... 

On the eighth day of Christmas... (something, something) BEER

December 9th.

December 9th.

December 9th.

We are always delighted to work with O'Briens and this competition prize they have given us for our advent calendar is an amazing one of a 12-bottle case of wine. Not only will it sort out your wine for the festive period, but it is a stellar line-up of wines too. 

Read more on the wines and enter the competition here

December 10th.

It's getting so close to Christmas now that we can nearly taste our Christmas dinner! Speaking of which, we have a delicious hamper from the lovely Hugh Maguire at The Smokin' Butcher to give away. Full of treats, this hamper will make sure you have more than just turkey leftovers to eat during the Christmas break!

Click here to enter our The Smokin' Butcher competition

December 11th. 

Everyone loves to go the extra mile at Christmas and wants the perfect meal on the day itself to share with family or friends, so cooking everything from scratch is a must. Ok, that's more like the 'ideal'. The reality is we're all really busy and may not have time to cook everything from scratch, and not only is that okay but there are really great shop-bought items available to help you out. We've done the research with a panel of experts and behind today's door of the advent calendar are the results! 

Click here for The 2018 F&W Christmas Taste Test Results 

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Tune in tomorrow for the next day in our 2018 Advent Calendar!