Destination Harrogate teamed up with Market Place Europe, the operators of the Harrogate Christmas Fayre earlier this year to run the Jolly Big Business Boost competition.  

The Jolly Big Business Boost competition is designed to offer trading opportunities at the festive market. The winner of the competition is then given the opportunity to trade for free at the Harrogate Christmas Fayre. With the Harrogate Christmas Fayre having been extended to 17 days this year due to the success of previous Christmas fayres, entries into the Jolly Big Business Boost competition have been impressive. 

This year’s winner is Cook With Owen, who offers an array of authentic flavours through his vegan and gluten-free spice packs of bhaji mixture. The man behind the brand, Owen Diaram, competed in BBC MasterChef UK 2023 and finished as a Quarter Finalist. He uses his South African Indian heritage and experience as a private chef to create traditional, tasty spice packs that only need mixed with two ingredients to produce the perfect bhaji’s. There will be lots of flavour on offer, from hot and spicy bhaji’s and traditional Indian bhaji’s to Owen’s Christmas edition bhaji mix made exclusively for Harrogate Christmas Fayre. 

Owen Diaram, company owner said: 

‘’I am blown away that I have won this year’s Jolly Big Business Boost Competition. Harrogate has now been my home for the past 8 years and I am so excited to trade at what is a truly fantastic event that will allow me to achieve my goal of bringing South African Indian cuisine to mass audiences.’’ 

Nick Rhodes, Market Manager said:  

‘’We at Market Place are passionate about doing our part to support young businesses and helping them with their growth. The Jolly Big Business Boost is a fantastic way for local, ambitious entrepreneurs to get their foot in the door and has proven to be very successful.’’ 

 You can find Cook With Owen at the Harrogate Christmas Fayre, which opens on Friday 1 December 2023. The Christmas Fayre will have over 50 stalls hosting a range of businesses, from local and national to international.  

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