Gift Ideas for Fathers Day


Fathers Day gifts for foodie fathers

The Virginia BBQ In A Box

Catoctin Creek Distillery in Virginia has partnered with Tom Hixson of Smithfield who has chosen the best American-style meat cuts, Brixton’s Lazy Scientist has created three limited-edition rye-based hot sauces with Catoctin’s master distiller and the box also includes a full preparation guide from Tom Hixson, recipes for authentic Virginian sides and cocktails, a Spotify playlist, instructions for Cornhole (a traditional Virginia garden game) and more…

The Virginia BBQ In A Box includes nearly 5kg of meat, as well as a full-size bottle of rye, sauces and added extras, comfortably serving six people. Tom Hixson is also offering £10 off first orders (over £50) via newsletter sign-up.

Virginia BBQ Box Tomahawk Credit_ Declan KellyIt is available now for pre-order online with delivery on June 17th and 18th ahead of Father’s Day on the 22nd.

What’s Included
– Wexford Valley Tomahawk Steak (0.9kg)
– Boneless BBQ Beef Rib Fingers (0.8kg)
– Full Rack USDA St Louis Pork Ribs (1.5kg)
– Whole Free Range Label Anglais Chicken (1.6kg)
– A bottle of Virginia’s award-winning Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye (70cl)
Three limited edition The Lazy Scientist X Catoctin Creek Ranger’s Hot Sauces (3 x 100ml)
– Ranger’s Revenge (hot)
– Grandpa’s Tabacky (smokey spicy)
– Virginia Hayride Hot Sauce (sweet-spicy)
– Your Guide To Creating Your Virginia BBQ

The guide contains full preparation and cooking notes from Tom Hixson, Scott Harris’ Virginia Dry Rub recipe, Catoctin Creek Old Fashioned recipe, recommendations and recipes for classic Virginia sides (fried okra, smokey tip bbq beans, potato salad and hush puppies), how to play the traditional Virginia game Cornhole and a link to a curated Catoctin Creek Spotify playlist.

Buy from Tom Hixson of Smithfield here. 

Independent Wine

independent wine ridolfi red

Independent Wines have a range of fabulous wines to choose from, like this Ridolfi Fiero 2017 (13.5%). It’s a bold wine with a mild oaky coffee, plum and pepper aroma and a dark fruit taste of sour cherries and blackberries. This is towards the drier end of the scale with a reasonable tannin level and some sediment in the bottle. Best enjoyed with food, we would recommend venison, game or duck. Read more about our thoughts and Independent Wine here.


Click here to buy from Independent Wine

Printed Originals | 1965 The Beatles Help! Original Vintage Poster

Printed Originals _ 1965 The Beatles Help! Original Vintage Poster
The second Beatles film following A Hard Day’s Night!, Help! Was released in 1965 alongside the soundtrack album of the same name. Featuring iconic songs such as “Ticket To Ride”, “You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away” and of course the title track. All the original posters at Printed Originals are 100% guaranteed authentic from the time of release.  Buy from Printed Originals Website

Attenborough Mug


Have Dad narrate his morning coffee whilst relaxing with this Attenborough and gorilla mug. Buy from Red Candy here.

Leather Backpack


Scaramanga - Large Leather BackpackThis leather backpack features a main large compartment, two side buckled pockets and a further pocket at the front of the bag means it manages to stay practical yet stylish.

Buy from Scaramanga here.

David Bowie Teatowel


Inspired by the cover of Aladdin Sane, this David Bowie Tea Towel features his iconic Lightning struck face and glorious red hair with a minimal design.

Buy from Red Candy here.





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I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

Usually I can be found sleeping beside a cat.

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