Red Tractor Week Activity 2015
– daily prizes to be won!
Just a few snippets of where the members have been this past few months.
Cooking up some tasty pork treats for children and visitors alike.
Giving away our fantastic new summer seasons recipe book and children's colouring packs by the 100's.
Read this great article on Lips by Norfolk Blogger - Life less ordinary
Super weekend at Countryside Live Harrogate
We didn't use the Mobile kitchen but did the demonstrations on a table top with our electric frying pans which worked a treat.
We gave away over 1700 tasters, plus sausages and lots of recipes leaflets and Pig Issues. Fabulous audience. People returning from previous years, actually looking for us, wanting the 2014 recipes . Every recipe was a huge ‘hit’ especially the Lasagne and Chilli. Same place, same weekend, 2015, put it in your diary
Saturday October 11 2014. Framlingham fourth annual Sausagefest.
With the sun shinning all day the fourth Sausagefest drew the largest crowds to date with over 5,000 visitors taking part in and around the town where more than a dozen pork producers were vying for their vote. Situated in the United Reformed Church Hall Ladies in Pigs had a very busy day explaining the importance of buying British pork from a local butcher, handing outmany leaflets and cooking various taster recipes.
Susannah, Katherine, Susie and Brenda attended.
Sunday October 12 2014.
Suffolk Harvest Festival and Farmers Market, Angel Hill, Bury St Edmunds.
The NFU invited us to have a table in the Crypt at Bury St Edmunds Cathedral(see attached picture). Again we had blue skies and the sun shinning all day.The Farmers Market was held on Angel Hill opposite the Cathedral. Throughout the day we took balloons, The Pig Issue and many leaflets handing them out to visitors. We had an excellent feed back on the information given and the children enjoyed the balloons and The Pig Issue. In the afternoon every one attended the Harvest Festival Service, held in the Cathedral, which was decoratedwith flowers and produce and over twenty combine harvesters made by Suffolk school children.During the service which was addressed by BBC Radio Four's Anna Hill. The Suffolk Agricultural Association's long service awards were presented to those who have devoted many years to the farming industry in recognition of their dedication and hard work. Susannah, her daughters Chloe and Molly-Anne and Brenda attended the day.
In all we had two exceptional show days, excellent weather and a very good foot fall!
The Ladies in Pigs team had a wonderful weekend at Jimmy’s Sausage and Beer Festival. We had the “perfect pitch”, a wagon behind us screening us from the blazing sun and an unrestricted view of the entrance, while we had the benefit of being able to hear the main stage which certainly made a lovely background to all the food prep. Could we ask for any more?!
The Saturday was a wonderfully hot day that was started with a Pork Recipe Demo by Rita and Lizzy in the Cookhouse. Charlie and Flynn were two of the biggest fans of the demo and we had a surprise visit by Jimmy himself. We were also thrilled to see that there were festival goers who were as big a fans of sausages as the LIP’s ladies, the Sausage eating competition was full for both days before the gates had even opened.
The pork recipes gained some firm fans with one particularly impressed individual asking if Rita could go home with him to cook on a permanent basis. The LIPS recipe book was the “best purchase of the weekend” for two other fans. However, the most exciting and glowing endorsement of the day came from Gennaro Contaldo, himself, he loved the Bacon and Lentil soup that Lucy had made. She didn’t stop smiling all afternoon after his compliments.
Thankfully Sunday was a cooler day although equally as busy. Yet again the recipes we extremely well received and the recipe leaflets were flying off the shelves. The Essex Chapter bikers are regulars at the festival and couldn’t get enough of the Pork Lasagne and Thai Green Curry although some of the four legged visitors were particularly keen to sample the sausages we were using from Jimmy’s farm shop. One of the highlights from Sundays entertainment was DJ BBQ, who cooks up a storm as he spins some beats on his decks. It was great to see so many people who were fans of pork and wanted to support British Farmers by looking for the red tractor! We would like to say a massive thank you to Jimmy for having us at his festival and taking the time to come see us. We hope to see you all again next year at the next Jimmy’s Sausage and Beer festival.
Written by Caroline Mitchell
The Ladies in Pigs crew spent a lovely weekend by the River Great Ouse sharing the Red Tractor word with visitors to the Bedford River Festival. The festival is notable as the second largest free outdoor event, after the Notting Hill Carnival. All seven recipes from the Family Favourites were cooked and served to visitors over the weekend. It really was a great atmosphere and lots of people didn't know anything about the Red Tractor when they arrived at the stand...they certainly did when they left us having had a taster and armed with the recipe leaflet to go Red Tractor spotting when they're shopping!
Written by Jenny Sleight
Ladies in Pigs has had a very busy few weeks. We have been up and down the country to various shows and events, spreading the message about Red Tractor Pork. All of our recipes have gone down very well, particularly the Bacon, Mustard and Potato Salad in the recent heat. This recipe is featured as our recipe of the month...take a look and try it for yourself!
We have recently ventured to Cheshire County Show, Lincolnshire Show, Norfolk Show, The Great Yorkshire Show, Great Eccleston Show in Preston and Bedford River Festival.
This coming weekend the mobile kitchen and some of our ladies will be travelling to Jimmy's Farm in Suffolk for a Sausage and Beer festival. Keep your eyes peeled for our update blog on that event!
Sam and Isaac Walton were our Pig Issue 2013 competition winner. They devised a Pork Picnic recipe and their presentation took place when we visited their school Westhead Lathom St James Primary school, Lancashire last Thursday. We took "Rosie" our mobile kitchen and talked to the whole school about where our food comes from and British pig farming. We gave a cookery demonstration with some help from Sam and Issac and then the pupils tasted the Pork Chilli nachos that we had cooked and honey/ tarragon sausages. They then all got to have a look at our new kitchen that was sponsored by Bpex. We sent them home with our new Pig Issue 2014 and our family Favourites recipe book. Well done Sam and Isaac.
Tens of thousands of people turned out to enjoy this years South of England show which was held over three days Thurs 5th, Friday 6th and Sat 7th June. The show was opened by Princess Anne. Ladies in pigs were demonstrating their recipes in the mobile kitchen near to the Pig Village. Thanks must go to the stewards and organisers in the Pig Village for making us feel so welcome We were delighted when the judges gave the Lips team 3rd prize for the best feature /display in the Agricultural stand.
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