The Marriott Hotel in Denia, Costa Blanca Spain, was packed with visitors to the Homes, Gardens & Lifestyle Show on Friday 10 and Saturday 11 April with constant poolside events and dozens of stands inside showcasing the best of the Costa Blanca’s products and services.
Raffles, prize draws and spectacular special offers drew the most interest in a two- day show packed on both days. Virtually every visitor left with a goodie-bag of samples, newspapers, leaflets, purchases and prizes.
The two celebrity guests Antony Worrall Thompson and Mark Stacey mingled with the crowds between stints of cooking, valuing and judging.
The Costas Cook Off sponsored by Cambridge 800 drew huge crowds with standing room only for each heat, compered by Sarah Hawes, Manager of Cambridge 800 Spain. Sarah gave a running commentary as Antony and Mark ‘assisted’ the chefs in the daily rounds until the grand finale on Day Two.
Christian Lohner of NOX in Javea and Neil Browning of Tribus in Benitachell made it through and produced some absolutely stunning dishes - unable to decide, a draw was declared!
For the first time ´The Bake Away´ cake competition was held with three categories: Novelty, Sponge and Cupcakes. Antony Worrall Thompson and Alistair, Senior Soux Chef at The Marriott, sampled each entry, submitted by a cross section of professional and home bakers. Each entrant paid €2.50, later donated to Grant A Wish, the charity sponsoring the event.
The two days were a triumph for organisers GM Promotions, The Euro Weekly News and a long list of generous sponsors who made the two day event an astounding success.