GastroGays Christmas Hamper Giveaway – CLOSED

We’ve come over all festive and in the spirit of giving this season, we’ve got a super special, tailored hamper for one lucky reader filled with some of our favourite food and drink products!


We’ve been blogging almost four years now and we’ve gone through our fair share of great products. From things we’ve been sent to try to others we’ve picked up on our travels, things that caught our eye from the shop window and others we’ve been recommended by friends and family, we’ve become a little discerning about what we stock in our kitchen.


Which is why we want to share the love and treat you with a collection of some of our favourite things. One lucky winner will receive all this loot delivered directly to their door in time for Christmas – what a way to spend the season, eh? Included below is:


1. The Kerrygold Cookbook – a copy of this cookbook of fabulous recipes by Ireland’s favourite butter brand. We’ve made so many of these, try the stove-top potatoes and the butter chicken!

2. The Great British Bake Off: How To Avoid a Soggy Bottom – a cookbook shelf essential, we’ve all feared the worst outcome possible of a baking disaster, so this should solve every problem!


3. Borough Market swag – an apron and matching tea towel from London’s biggest and best food market and a gorgeous green-trim, compact hessian shopping bag.


4. Pomora Oils – a four-piece selection of flavours of extra virgin olive oils from this brilliant Italian olive tree adoption service. We’ve included some handy recipe cards too!


5. Rare Tea Co loose leaf White Peony China Tea – something a little different and unusual if you fancy a cup of something special on Christmas morning!


6. Ballymaloe Relish – a box of miniature glass jars of different  chutnies, relishes and jams from Ireland’s favourite, Ballymaloe. Plus an apple sauce and meat glaze to use on your Christmas table AND a large squeezy bottle of our favourite Jalapeno relish – great with a Boxing Day breakfast! (or St. Stephen’s Day for our Irish folk)


7. Set of four Spice Mountain spice mixes – these will be a blessing post-Christmas when you’re sick of the sight of meat and two veg roasts. Turkey curry anyone? Vegan vindaloo? Sorted!


8. Pact Coffee – a one-month’s worth (275g) bag of Planalto ‘Malt Milk Chocolate Shake’ coffee beans, sourced from Brazil and roasted by Pact.


9. RubyBlue Vodka –2 x 50ml samplers of Ireland’s celebrated potato vodka. Previously featured in our 25 Irish Drinks You Must Try post!


10. Boutique Bake Cacao and Protein Bites – great little make-it-yourself kit to enjoy these healthy treats!


11. Jing Tea Jade Sword organic loose leaf green tea – embrace Hygge this season and wrap up in a blanket with a good book and a cup of tea!


12. Carluccio’s Chocolate Cups with Grappa – an Italian essential for Christmas, pour the strong spirit into the chocolate cups and enjoy the flavour sensation together; this is the perfect end to any Christmas meal! PLUS we’ve got a huge milk chocolate coin for you too!


13. Finally: a homemade batch of GastroGays granola and a personalised card from us to you!


This competition is now closed. The Winner is Lesley Prestage from Essex, UK. Thank you to everyone for entering!

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*Terms and conditions apply: Competition is only open to residents of mainland UK and the island of Ireland – this is due to postal restrictions and costs. As alcohol is included in this prize, competition entrants must be over 18 years of age and proof of age will be required. Competition closes at 12:00am on Thursday 15th December 2016. Decision is final. No cash alternative.


  • A cornucopia of epicurean delights! #FabNosh

  • Janice Dunne

    I love the prize and I’m keeping my fingers crossed! I just love carlingford oysters! Massive fan since I found them earlier this summer!

  • Audrey

    Chia seeds….. I love them….. defo my find of 2016….also baby spinach leaves….who knew they were so gorge ♡

  • Sofiane F

    Indian lime pickle it’s so zingy and spicy amazing stuff.

  • Nduja sausage, in particular in mac and cheese!

  • That’s some selection of prizes. The tea and the big chocolate coin (my inner child) drew my attention

  • melanie crumpton

    Black Bomb Cheese…..yummy

  • Mo Vorajee

    A big bowl of homemade Janssons’s Temptation while listening to schlager!

    • Mo Vorajee

      Forgot the most important bit…proper Swedish senap from a tube!!!

  • Laura McKeon

    My fave product I’ve found this year is Irish made chutneys and relishes by “The Birds and the Teas”

  • Siobhan

    Black pudding, especially sneem black pudding! I recently moved back to Ireland from Canada and I’m making up for all I missed while I was away!

  • Joanne austin

    Giant marshmallows that you can toast over the fire when camping

  • Manuka honey – it has helped my ease my Crohn’s disease!

  • Hannah

    Raw cacao powder has been a god send! Discovered it a few months ago, now I don’t feel quite as guilty when I bake!!

  • Mark Witherington

    Biscotti spread absolutely love the stuff now

    • GastroGays


  • Christine Shelley

    White pudding – they eat it in Ireland

  • glenn hutton

    I’ve been mad on smoked salmon this year… Having it for breakfast with scrambled eggs & bagels on Christmas day! 🙂

  • Stacey Carnell

    raw organic chocolate truffles Mmmmm

  • Ellie Wood

    reblachon cheese

  • Emma Nixon

    Cobble tasty cheese
    Found it in a little cheese shop in the lake district

  • Louise Paton

    Caramelised onion hummus, not that exciting but really tasty

  • believe it or not at the young age of 32 ive just discovered…BBQ sauce! refused to eat it for year now i literally put it on everything!

  • Rhia P

    I discovered morrocan spice mix Ras El Hanout and you’d be amazed what I’m adding it to these days 😉 :’D

  • bex allum

    I love kale! Perfect in smoothies & a superfood!

  • Paul Wilson

    Almond Butter

  • sukrin golden sugar substitiute – enables me to bake goodies for my hubby who has pre-diabetes

  • Katie b

    I haven’t newly discovered but rediscovered cheese! I love the stuff, all types can’t stop eating it!

  • nearlydead

    Organic New Zealns kiwi fruits

  • Lisa

    Amazing prize, there’s nothing there I wouldn’t absolutely love!
    Best discovery this year was mama nagis Indian chilli & curry pastes, so delicious!

  • Sandra Newman

    Quinoa & it’s actually nice

  • Jim M

    Hitachino Nest Saison Du Japon – a Japanese take on a Belgian beer using rice koji – beer of the year!

  • Caroline H

    Raw vegan truffles. I thought they would be a joyless experience but are fabulous and actually really easy to make!

  • Anne Marie Mc Auliffe

    Wow, finally something good about 2016! My foodie find from 2016 has to be Boyles Gin from Aldi. It’s really smooth and easy to drink, plus it’s easy on the pocket too!!

  • Lorna Kennedy

    Rainbow Beetroot! Have always been a fan of beetroot, but never had any fancy varieties of it before. I love this stuff! Raw or cooked it is delicious 🙂

  • Sarah Homer

    medjool dates love them!

  • Jason Kinsella

    Great prize! Smoked Applewood cheese 😀

  • Claire Tucker

    Truffle oil , I’m addicted it’s killing my purse !

  • Annie Ngoma

    Coconut chips

  • A Cronin

    Black garlic – discovered for first time this year, addicted.

  • Jane

    The rule o’pork

  • Solange

    Poke. This Hawaiian dish is already pretty popular on the food scene, and it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. Who wouldn’t want chunks of tuna soaked in a soy and sesame oil marinade and served atop seaweed-seasoned rice?

  • caroline walliss

    I’ve discovered Kefir and i love it and feel great!x

  • Gillian

    Whiteoaks organic tomatoes – so tasty

  • Jodie A Harvey

    Baileys Extra Thick Cream – less than £1 a tub and its AMAZING!!!

  • For me, it’s orange infused olives from our local Spanish deli – I thought the combination of orange and olive sounded vile at first, but they’re so addictive!

  • Quinoa & it’s actually nice

  • Orla James

    I love Wild About nettle pesto, who ever thought nettles could taste so good!

  • Pact coffee was a lifesaver this year. L9ve it!

  • Cory

    My discover is rather basic, but 2016 was sort of a reset for me. Clarence Court Eggs!!! from a simple fried egg on top of pasta to helping me be brave to attempt a birthday cake, they elevated everything!

  • Alex Crowe

    Nduja sausage

  • Sorcha McDermott

    Amazing giveaway! My fave food discovery of the year is Bean and Goose chocolate, small batch made in Wexford and it’s beyond good!!

  • Katia

    You had me at huge chocolate coin. ❤

  • Claire O Flynn

    I found rebel chilli sweet chilli sauces and chilli jams. They go so well with everything!! Be warned the jams are hot!

  • Karen

    Nduja sauage – can’t believe I hadn’t heard of it before!!

  • I discovered harissa paste. Very versatile stuff

  • Ciaran Lehane

    A fantastic Prize

  • Paula

    Gastroguys granola

  • angiehoggett

    saffron, not a flavour I’d tried but it’s great

  • Rhydian

    Aioli. Not sure how it took me until 2016 to discover it, but now I love Aioli with loads of things.

  • itsu Sweet Chilli Prawn Crackers. They are delicious.

  • truffle oil, a little goes a long way

  • My foodie find of 2016 is Kim Kong Kimchi. I found it in my green grocer and apparently it’s made locally! Awesome competition!

  • Jane

    I really love The Little Milk Company cheddar. Such a great find.

  • Niamh Ni Chonchubhair

    What a cracking prize. Imagine how merry and bright January would be with that in your kitchen?! A fair few elements in there I’ve yet to try, the Spice Mountain goodies look especially exciting. My favorite foodie treat, aside from a good cheese board is and will always be some proper butter, from kerrygold to the smoky, salty offerings of Cuinneog or Improper butter – homemade bread, baking, spuds and sauces are richer and more delicious for it. It tastes like home and adventure all at the same time. Happy Christmas.

  • Theres a new charcuterie producer in NI – and they are incredible! Ispini Couldn’t recommend more x

  • Kathrine B

    Lincolnshire Poacher cheese – it’s delicious!

  • Leigh

    Welsh Lady Apple and Cinnamon curd, so nice in a sponge cake. I want to win for the homemade granola and the card!

  • Maryann Dempsey

    My foodie find for 2016 has to be Passion Preserved’s range of jams, jellies, chutney and (best of all) kasundi!

  • Emma Pascoe

    Not very new…But I finally tried Sushi and now I can’t get enough! x

  • Sean

    Quinoa crisps

  • Reading all these has made me feel so unadventurous – I have not tried nothing new this year!

  • Andrew

    Looking back on all the new things I ate this year, and I think the bacon jam wins it. It was almost like a pulled pork paste with some texture to it, and definitely had some curry zing. If I could find it again, I would have it in a heartbeat!

  • Catherine

    Almond butter. Tastes wonderful.

  • Diane Waugh

    Coconut oil

  • Deborah Clarke

    Chinese 5 spice.

  • Raw cacao powder is absolutely fabulous and the taste is so much better in my cooking creations!

  • Helen Tovell

    Parmesan cheese, the smell has always put me off but adding it to dishes certainly alters the flavour

  • Joanne Hutchings

    I tried oysters for the first time this year – they were amazing!

  • My recent discovery is halloumi cheese, delicious with ham

  • Cliona Tinsley

    It’s not new or glamorous but northern Irish potato pasties …. so comforting!
    Happy Christmas guys x

  • For the first time ever i tried Ostrich and I couldn’t believe that i loved it. There’s no harm in experimenting and i was pleasantly surprised!


    i found manuka honey….lovely x


    Mushrooms with cheese cooked in the oven they are lovely

  • Gillian Holmes

    Indian lime pickle adds a zing to everything

  • For me has to be a 3 nut butter, i adore it on toast, out the jar, on well anything and EVERYTHING!

  • Rowena Wood

    Mars Bar Crispy Cake- I have at a toddler group I go to, but you have to get thee early or it goes because everyone loves it.

  • Terence

    nice site

  • Sourdough Bread …….makes the best French Toast ever

  • Lindsay

    Stinking Bishop cheese – so good!

  • Biscotti Spread – but it is just so moreish! When is enough ever enough!?!

  • Sarah Franklin

    Turkish Tea. Lovely and sweet

  • Ciara

    Bishop Cheese – yum yum love to try this 🙂

  • Jan Beal

    Dessicated crickets – great as a nibble with drinks – can honestly say they don’t taste of much but I like the crunch 🙂

  • Caroline J Robinson

    Quinoa a great beneficial antioxidant

  • Yasmin J

    These puff pastry bites with redcurrant jam in the middle from M&S. The best thing ever!

  • Tracy Newton

    Gluten free pork scratchings

  • maria maher

    Toonsbridge smoked mozzarella! It’s heaven

  • Sinéad Carroll

    This post has me drooling!

  • jen s morgan

    Raw chocolate it’s just fantastic

  • Lisa Wilkinson

    I had clams for the first time. So tasty!

  • Heather Vipers

    Delicious Grappa and wonderful Chocolate, mmmm just my thing for a Happy Christmas and if it lasts New Year as well 🙂 x

  • Sarah Wilson

    Tom Kah Gai! yum!

  • Louise

    Linseeds, they are great on everything & so good for you

  • Emma Byrne

    Re-discovering my love of ballymaloe relish since my return to Ireland

  • Natasha Alekseeva

    Date syrup, it is fabulous when paired with tahini and spread on toast I also use it to marinade chicken, adding tamari, garlic and lemon juice

  • stephen holman

    Coconut Chips by Nudie Snacks – lot healthy than normal crisps for snacking and taste great!!

  • cheddar and chilli cheese

  • My favourite product I’ve tried in 2016 is Meridian nut butters, sweet jesus they’re divine!

  • Jane Adair

    Stinking Bishop cheese, quite aromatic but tastes divine 🙂

  • katie w

    chocolate covered coffee beans

  • popworks popcorn, fab flavours

  • Sweet potatoes! Never had them before my health spree now I can’t get enough of them

  • Kat Allinson

    It’s not very glamorous but we learnt to cook carbonara properly and it is delicious

  • Chloe Cunningham

    Parsnip crisps with bacon and maple seasoning! So nice!

  • Lynsey Buchanan

    coronation chicken chipolatas

  • Andrew

    Main foodie discovery this year was chorizo jam – incredible in sausage rolls or with cheese!!

  • Emma

    Moroccan couscous

  • My favourite food product I have discovered this year is sweet chilli prawns

  • Rachael ashmore

    Black pudding

  • Caroline O Donnell

    Using quinoa as porridge! Absolutely nom diddly nom!

  • Roasted beetroot

  • Melissa Crowe

    Raw cacao powder very handy to have for cookin yum, thankyou for the chance .

  • For me it’s been Natvia sweetener. It’s much better than canderel etc and has the texture of sugar.

  • Stevey H

    Coconut milk – not exactly new, but delicious all the same!

  • My latest thing is Horchata i love the spices at this time of year x

  • Alisa Moore

    Orzo coffee

  • Lesley Murphy

    Glenisk greek yogurt; fab to use on its own or in savoury or sweet recipes

  • Sarah Parker

    sun flower seeds 🙂

  • jack daniels tenneysene ribs

  • Michael Clarke

    Carrot and walnut cake

  • I discovered the cheese Cornish Blue – such a creamy & flavourful cheese! Recommend it 🙂

  • angela edmonds

    manuka honey delicious xx

  • Sarah B

    Weak for this hamper guys

  • Chirag Patel

    Almond butter

  • Caramel frappe

  • Carly Belsey

    I have discovered Maca powder this year. Supposed to have lots of benefits, I use it to put in my Nutri Bullet to make a healthy drink

  • Jessica Hutton

    I have discovered couscous this year and love it xx

  • claire little

    nothing this year


    Organic Tamari sauce. I’d never used Tamari sauce before & love it : )

  • Weirdly, I’ve fallen a bit in love with artichoke, of all the things!

  • Emma Livesey

    Butternut squash! I didn’t realise how versatile it was.

  • Alison Bunce

    I discovered this year Rachel’s organic butter. It is the best butter I’ve ever tasted. So creamy and slightly sweet. Just delicious.

  • Michaela Hannah

    Wensleydale cheese with cranberries – OMG!

  • jamie Millard

    almond milk. great for rounding off dishes and drinks.

  • Emily Hutchinson

    coconut milk, so sweet and supposedly good for you

  • Lee Edwards

    Ho Ho Ho! Liked & Shared – Would be great to Win a GASTROGAYS CHRISTMAS HAMPER in time for Xmas!

  • Lesley

    Tahini – love using it as a spread for a snack. 🙂

  • Karen Howden

    Golden Paste, turmeric and coconut oil for inflamation

  • Matthew N O’Reilly

    Manuka honey – use it in cakes and sweets.

  • I just discoveree chia seeds they give me so much energy defintely best food i have discovered this year

  • I’m loving all the new relishes from Ballymaloe #FestiveFeeling

  • Tescos finest Rum and Raisin Fruit Pudding – soo looking forward to this instead of Xmas pud

  • Sam Furniss

    The Snack Organisation Freeze-Dried Strawberries. They taste like candy floss and are highly addictive!

  • Passion Preseve’s Watermelon rind pickle. Spicy, sweet, savoury and amazing with cheese, especially strong cheese or blue cheese. We’ve got our Christmas supply in already.

  • Tina Holmes

    Two things that have became a staple this year are cauliflower rice and grape nuts. Delish!!

  • caroline tokes

    has to almond milk

  • sarah mills


  • Love the tea

  • Michelle M Stokes

    Soya milk – I didn’t realise I loved it so much!

  • denise s

    modena balsamic vinegar

  • jade rice

    malteser chocolate spread delicious x

  • Rich Tyler

    Almond Milk

  • Barbara Daniels

    shallots, love em

  • Diana

    Almond milk!

  • I have discovered Aduna baobab powder, so many health benefits and I add it to my porridge every morning now

  • Joanna Kasznicki

    i tried chia seeds and found I love them

  • Phoebe

    My favourite cafe, Brother Hubbard, have just started selling their hot chocolate to take home 🙂

  • David Larente