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Entertainment at the Spring Fair

Take your dancing shoes to the Bandstand, sponsored by Vodafone

Toe-tapping live entertainment, daily, hosted by Chris Bavin of BBC2s Britain in Bloom and How to Eat Well for Less

Take three smooth sassy voices, arrange a collection of toe-tapping original and cover swing songs, add sharp dance routines and on-stage chemistry, and you have The Polka Dots.

The Jersey Guys are one of the countries most loved tribute acts, so you’ll be rocking and rolling to the tunes at the Bandstand sponsored by Vodafone as band member Adam Christopher-Rhys belts out tunes from the award-winning musical Jersey Boys.

The bandstand is a perfect picnic spot to eat and drink whilst enjoying the music and atmosphere.

The Polka Dots

Adam Christopher-Rhys (Jersey Guys)

Chris Bavin's Fakeaway: Quick and Easy Flatbread Pizza

Chris Bavin Fakeaway easy flatbread pizzaAs the weather warms, we can look forward to a season of alfresco living in our gardens and outdoor spaces like no other! Have a go at this quick and easy ‘Fakeaway’ recipe by Chris Bavin, a perfect light bight for garden meet-ups. Chris, from BBC’s Britain in Bloom and How to Eat Well for Less, joins us at the GW Spring Fair as bandstand host.

Cooks in Preparation Time: 15 mins, Cooking Time: 30 mins

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 350g (12oz) plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for greasing
  • 150ml (5fl oz) warm water
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 400g can cherry tomatoes
  • large handful of grated mozzarella
  • ½ red onion, finely sliced
  • toppings of your choice, sliced - you can include a range of your home grown veg such as red onion, courgettes and sliced peppers
  • 2 baking trays, lined with baking parchment

Method

  1. For the flatbreads, sift the flour into a large mixing bowl and season with salt and pepper. Create a little well in the middle of the flour and add 2 tbsp of the olive oil, then start to add the water and mix well until you have a thick, but not too sticky, dough.
  2. Knead the dough on a floured work surface for 1 minute or until smooth, then put the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover and rest for 10 minutes.
  3. For the pizza sauce, heat the remaining 1 tbsp olive oil and gently heat the garlic for a minute, taking care not to burn it. Add the can of cherry tomatoes and heat for 3–4 minutes. Using a potato masher, squash the tomatoes –you don’t want to make it totally smooth, just start breaking the tomatoes a bit. Leave on a gentle heat for 10 minutes until it reduces down a sauce that is thick enough to spread on your flatbread.
  4. Preheat the oven to 220°C (200°C fan/425°F/Gas 7).
  5. Divide the dough into four balls and roll each one out to a thin pizza base. Put them on the lined baking trays and cook in the hot oven for 2 minutes. Remove the trays from the oven and turn the flatbreads over.
  6. Spread the tomato sauce over the cooked sides of the pizzas, sprinkle over the grated mozzarella and then top with your veggies. Pop them back in the oven for 7–8 minutes or until the cheese is all melted.

Credit: Fakeaway: Healthy Home-cooked Takeaway Meals by Chris Bavin. Published by DK on 23 January 2020, £14.99. DK.com

The Bandstand, sponsored by Vodafone:

Vodafone, sponsors of The Bandstand

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