2nd August 2017
Foodies are in for a treat at The Romsey Show!
Food aficionados are in for a treat with a souped up food offering at The Romsey Show this year.
The Show Society has brought all the catering in-house and has gone back to its roots as it celebrates The Show’s 175th anniversary, with a strong emphasis on artisan local producers.
Judith Long, chief steward of the Food Zone, said there will be something for all tastes and pockets at The Show on 9 September, hosted by the historic Broadlands Estate. She said: “We’re an agricultural show promoting and supporting British farming and producers so we felt that rather than contracting out the public catering again this year with the usual fast food on offer we’d oversee it ourselves to bring in more variety and quality. “People are much more aware these days about the provenance of their food, they want to know the story around it and meet the producers, which makes it so much more interesting.”
The Food Zone – two big marquees and a picnic area with live jazz band – goes from strength to strength with a wide number of treats on offer.
A flavour of the producers in the Food Zone is:
Duncroft Preserves, with mother and daughter Judy and Jenny making gluten-free cakes, pies and bread.
The Cold Pressed Oil Company, where rapeseed is grown on the farm, harvested and pressed, making mouthwatering products such as infused oil, sauces and dressings
Award-winning Tatchbury Manor Farm, renowned for its pork pies, meat pies, quiches and sausage rolls, all from their home-reared pigs.
Some of the region’s top chefs will be sharing their skills in the cookery theatre – including Andy MacKenzie, Executive Chef of Lainston House Hotel at Sparsholt; Sylvain Gachot, who runs the chef’s academy at the Lainston House Hotel for the whole Exclusive Hotels Group and will be demonstrating his favourite recipes; James Golding, Chef Director of the Pig Hotels; and Tony Doyle, Head Chef at the Rockingham Arms, West Wellow.
There’s also a free Kids Kitchen run by Halterworth Primary School where youngsters can learn about where their food comes from and make smoothies and wraps to take away.
As well as the Food Zone, there are over 1,000 animals being shown, around 24,000 visitors and 500 retail stands at The Show.
Tickets are now on sale at last year’s prices from www.romseyshow.co.uk and local outlets.
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22nd June 2017
South’s largest one-day agricultural show celebrates 175 years
Saturday 9 September 2017
Heritage and history will form part of the spectacle as The Romsey Show hits a landmark 175 years.
One of the oldest agricultural shows in the country, The Show started out in 1842 when Queen Victoria was on the throne and steam trains were in their heyday.
Based on the historic Broadlands estate, visitors will be treated to a true celebration of the English countryside and farming on Saturday 9 September. Crowd-pulling attractions will include over 1,000 livestock, heavy horse parades, the country’s best farriers, and more than 500 retail stands for those looking for a country-style shopping fix.
In line with the history theme, Salisbury resident Dr Phil Harding from TV’s Time Team is this year’s President and visitors can dive into the past thanks to hands-on activities with Wessex Archaeology.
Dr Harding said: “Rural community spirit marked the Neolithic Revolution in Britain, 6,500 years ago. I sense this spirit remains as strong in this, my Presidential year, as The Romsey Show reaches its land mark 175 year anniversary.”
The 175th celebrations will kick off with the big build when the parkland at Broadlands is transformed with marquees and rings ready for the big day on Saturday 9 September. New attractions for the anniversary year include the humorous Mole Show, a magnificent Falcon Village, the dog and duck show, and don’t miss the Sheep Show with some amazing dancing sheep!
Show Secretary Alexa Hobday said: “The Romsey Show started off in the Market Square all those years ago and we know from our archive that hundreds of thousands of people have enjoyed a real celebration of the countryside over all these years.
“We stay true to our traditions by always providing the best entertainment, food and countryside day out but we also like to keep up to date and The Romsey Show this year has exciting new attractions for all the family.”
Tickets have been frozen at last year’s prices with under 11s free and they are available at www.romseyshow.co.uk from July.