Foodie Gift Hunter’s Valentine’s Day tips

Don’t panic.

There’s still time to get your true love a great Valentine’s Day gift…

1) Welland Valley bubbly:
It wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without some fizz, but avoid the French stuff, reduce your food miles and buy them Steeplechase from Welland Valley Vineyard, just a few miles south west of Market Harborough. Crisp, fruity, not too dry, and a choice that shows you’ve thought about it, not just stopped off at the nearest supermarket.
Welland Valley Vineyard

2) Love Potion Choccies:
If you’re going to go for chocolates, don’t go for something they stock in your local garage. Try the Love Potion collection from Chocolate Alchemy, Loughborough, bringing together flavours of champagne, sea salt, caramel and raspberry.
Chocolate Alchemy

3) Cookery Course
Rather than just going out for dinner, how about learning to cook a new, or favourite, dinner together? Book the two of you on to a great cookery course, and spend some time acquiring new food skills. Try Cook in Kilworth, near Market Harborough, and learn everything from Caribbean to Italian, or even something more unusual like sugar baskets and glazes.
Cook in Kilworth

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The Foodie Gift Hunter is Vale of Belvoir-based Helen Tarver (pictured below), who blogs almost daily about excellent gifts for food lovers here.

Matt Wright
The author:

Matt lives in Leicestershire with his wife, two kids and dog. He is passionate about British pubs, slow food and home brewing. He founded Great Food Club (originally as Great Food Magazine) in 2010 after being inspired by local producers near his home town of Melton Mowbray - Britain's 'Rural Capital of Food'.