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 

December 12th. 

We can't think of a better person to offer guidance for Christmas tipples than wine and drinks writer, Ernie Whalley. In this the festive special of his column "So it goes" he muses over the contents of his drinks cabinet, and a few ideas for gifts. 

Read the full feature here

December 13th.

The big day is fast approaching! Have you done all of your Christmas shopping yet? If not, don't worry as we have put together a gift guide to stocking fillers to help you on your way. These gifts will definitely ensure that everyone in your house is happy while opening their presents.

Read the full guide here.

December 14th. 

We love Christmas Day dinner, but we also love mixing it up a bit and trying new cooking methods and side dishes. Except the stuffing, that has to stay the same! This year, we've enlisted the help of grilling and smoking expert, Andy Noonan, who owns Baste BBQ and Fowl Play, to create the F&W Christmas Special and what a meal he has created. So, dust off the BBQ and try out these recipes for a new tradition. 

Read the F&W Christmas Special here

December 15th. 

We are big fans of Darina Allen and so delighted to bring you this competition for two copies of her latest cookbook Simply Delicious: The Classic Collection, just in time for Christmas. Amazing, reliable recipes and a cookbook that will be a great addition to your collection. 

Click here for the full competition details

December 16th. 

In this second feature as part of our Christmas series with Ireland's top chefs, Aoife Noonan shares her favourite Christmas food memory and recipes for some showstopping festive desserts. These recipes are for a cook who is after a challenge, but worth the work as you'll see in the photos. Please leave any questions for Aoife in the comments under each recipe. 

Aoife Noonan's Christmas 

December 17th.

Behind today's door is another amazing competition... To celebrate Christmas at Carton House we have an indulgent one-night getaway for two people to give away. Escape post-Christmas and enjoy total respite from the outside world. Experience the beautiful resort, award-winning food, and escapism from the New Year blues! 

To enter this competition, click here

December 18th. 

Have you all your Christmas shopping done? No? Don't worry, we have the ultimate Christmas Gift Guide for Books for you today and the best thing is they are an easy last minute grab so you can cover everyone in one go. Plus, giving a book for Christmas is one of our fav gifts! 

The F&W Christmas Gift Guide for Books 

December 19th. 

The third Irish chef in our Christmas food special series is none-other-than Kevin Dundon. Kevin's food and Dunbrody House are legendary in this country and for good reason. His recipes are reliable, use amazing Irish ingredients and will impress any of your family or friends this festive season. 

Read more Kevin Dundon's Christmas 

December 20th.

It's competition time again! Today, with only a few days left until Christmas, we have decided to give you the chance to win a fabulous prize. This prize will make an amazing gift, or better yet, an amazing addition to your own cookbook collection. The legendary Gennaro Contaldo has a new cookbook out Gennaro's Fast Cook Italian and we have three copies to give away.  

Enter here Gennaro's Fast Cook Italian competition

December 21st. 

Behind today's door of our advent calendar we have more Christmas gift ideas, and these are perfect for last-minute dashes to the shops too, which is always handy. For stocking fillers, gifts for visitors and drinks connoisseurs in your life, this list has you covered. 

Read our Christmas Gift Guide to Drinks

December 22nd.

The last chef in our Christmas special series is Ireland's much-loved Edward Hayden. Edward is a regular face on our screens and newspapers and his recipes are not only delicious but most importantly fail-safe. A regular go-to for many home cooks. Here, he shares two of his favourite sweet Christmas baking recipes, that have a touch of nostalgia for him, and are sure to wow your guests! 

Click here for Edward Hayden's Christmas 

December 23rd. 

Our very last competition in our advent calendar, we're delighted to announce this competition with Wilde's restaurant at The Lodge at Ashford Castle. Head Chef Jonathan Keane's food is renowned for its innovation and commitment to the use of local produce. A brilliant prize, click below to enter. 

Enter this fab competition here

December 24th. 

Happy Christmas Eve! We're super excited that it's the eve of one of our favourite eating holidays, 'cause that's what the day is for, right? All the food! If you've stocked up on lots of great wines for tomorrow's dinner, but still hesitant in terms of what to serve with what, we've enlisted some expert advice from top sommelier Pierre Marie Faure in Ashford Castle.  

Read Pierre's wine and food pairings here

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