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.
By Jane Drewe
First outing of the show season for LIPS Team Oxfordshire Jane Drewe, Jess & Katy Allen and Jess Meridith - Witney Food Festival, in the most wonderful setting of Witney Church on the edge of town, how clever of the organisers to have it the same weekend the Fair was in town and the sun shone all day long.
Great to see a Church full of folk show casing their local food, the festival was opened by their patron and local celebrity Alexander Armstrong, and a steady stream of visitors filled the isles all day. We did the pork chilli mince recipe making use of the LIPs TIPs (a jar of Chilli Con Carne sauce) perfect for a frying pan and table top day.
Just after lunch and quite unexpectedly I sensed the team was trying to catch my attention; pssss .............. David Cameron .......... who ............... David Cameron, not just local MP but PM him self!! omg, talk about think on your feet, "and who are you ladies?" "I beg your pardon, you've never heard of Ladies In Pigs" I must have gone on auto pilot then because I can't remember much else, and my 30 seconds were up and he moved on to the next stand eating a British Sausage!!!
All in all a great day.
Six of our ladies were master judges at the British Pie awards at Melton Mowbray.
More than 800 pies have been battling it out in the British Pie Awards. The competition, held in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, included pies made from salt beef and gherkins, pastrami and pickle, as well as more traditional fillings.
The annual event also had a new heroes' pie category to commemorate 100 years since the start of World War One. Among the pies in this category was a steak, kidney and onion pie topped with the Help for Heroes logo. Organisers said each pie was competing to be crowned Pie of Pies.
Categories included steak and ale pie, best football pie and Melton Mowbray pork pie. Entries, apart from the new heroes' pie, must be available to buy in the shops but organisers hope to start an amateur competition. The awards are organised by the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie Association and are now in their sixth year.
Matthew O'Callaghan, pie association chairman, said: "Britain is rightly proud of its pies and the British Pie Awards are a celebration of pie producers and bakers, putting their craft in the spotlight. Since the launch of the awards six years ago, the event has grown both in size and in stature."
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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