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.
After a wet drive down to the Suffolk show we arrived and set up on the new farm discovery zone which was a wonderful area to educate about food and farming. Well done to Bruce Kerr and James Bielby for all their help. We cooked all the recipes from our new Family Favourite Leaflet over the two days and gave out over 2000 tasters. The highlight of the two days was being part of the mascots race in the Presidents Ring on the Wednesday evening. Over 20 mascots took place over an assault course and our Beautiful British banger came 3rd overall.
Ladies in Pigs attended the Pig and Poultry Fair with their new mobile kitchen that was bought with sponsorship from Bpex.
The Ladies cooked up the Pork Chilli Nachos, and the served Bacon and Lentil soup for all that attended.
They launched their new corporate membership which was offered to companies to help Lips carry out the invaluable Pork promotional activity.
formerly called the Newark & Nottinghamshire Show by Julia Blant
The new mobile kitchen had its first outing to the Newark showground and our grateful thanks go to the NFU for allowing us to share their Stand.
The weather forecast was pretty dismal with heavy showers promised, but in the end despite some windy spells, the rain largely kept away apart from one heavy shower on Saturday mid-afternoon.
Our Fabulous Family Favorite recipes seemed to go very well and all were enjoyed by the tasters/public The Pork Lasagna is definitely one of the favourites, but the soup, nachos, & salad were also well received.
Mary Ibbotson and I took the first slot in the Cookery Theatre in the Food Experience marquee on both days, so we kept in line with the theme doing a Cheese pudding which would be served with sausages and/or bacon plus a Bacon frittata, both ideal for brunch or supper dishes. The theme this year was the anniversary of the D Day landings, so the NFU did some comparisons with Food rationing and the difference in food costs 1944 / 2014 plus farm machinery then and now, plus an interesting exhibition by the Land Army ladies who are trying to raise funds for a suitable memorial in the National Arboretum in Staffordshire. The cheese pudding was a modern version of a typical wartime recipe to eke out limited rations of cheese/eggs/bread etc. for a family meal.
The kitchen had visits from Guy Smith (NFU vice-president) on Saturday, and on the Sunday, unexpectedly, Owen Paterson, our Defra Minister came out of The Food marquee straight across to us to see what Lips were about. Please see the picture of Julia presenting Owen Paterson our the recipe leaflet.
Nottinghamshire Show is great as an early Show in the season and most importantly it has always had a big urban population coming for a day out, and 2014 was no exception.
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