Three Counties Show 2010
PUBLISHED: 10:15 21 April 2010 | UPDATED: 17:05 20 February 2013
Debbie Graham savours the flavour of the 2010 Three Counties Show
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Look out for the fine displays of dairy produce and poultry, as well as bee and honey competitions. The food theatre, sponsored by Heart of England Fine Foods (HEFF) is back with cookery demonstrations from expert chefs and plenty of delicious recipes to try at home.
When it comes to keeping visitors fed and watered the Malvern Showground has some of the highest standards in the business, and supports local producers too. The Showground restaurant, Florentines, is a Red Tractor licenced establishment, meaning the food has been tracked through every stage, from farm to plate. The Severn Valley Caterings Food For Thought Caf uses Red Tractor milk, potatoes, onions and British meat and is aiming to make one of its mobile units a Red Tractor unit. Relish, the shows main caterer, is also committed to using British produce.
Sharon Gilbert says: The Society continues to support quality food and drink producers, and is stepping up its endeavours to source more local and regional suppliers using mainly British produce, for its catering at shows and events. The long term aim is that visitors and exhibitors eating at the showground will know that wherever possible, produce is sourced from the UK first.
So if you love your food then this is this show to visit this summer.
The prestigious Three Counties Show, at the Malvern Showground, has local food produce right at its heart. This year two of the regions most famous products are taking centre stage. For the first time there are dedicated sections for cider and cheese in the Severn Hall.
This region is known for both its cider-making and its cheese-making, and as the show promotes the very best produce to be found in the three counties, we thought it fitting to celebrate the many different ciders and cheeses to be found in Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and Worcestershire, says Sharon Gilbert, spokesman for the Three Counties Agricultural Society. Of course, cider and cheese are perfect partners, so consolidating the two was a natural step forward. We do hope our visitors will enjoy some delicious produce under one roof.
It is vital that we support our local and regional producers and highlight, wherever possible, the benefits and the joys of locally sourced British food and drink.
Michael Stacey of Gorsehill Abbey Cheese in Broadway, Worcestershire, agrees. The show is important to us because there are many fine cheeses, both traditional and new, being made in the three counties area and it is a wonderful way of drawing this to the attention of the public.
He is hoping to repeat the success of 2007 when their cheese was supreme champion in the cheese show and went on to be judged best English cheese at the British Cheese Awards. His hopes are pinned on a soft, creamy brie-like cheese called St Eadburgha. My wife Dianes favourite, he says. Or the pungent aromatic St Oswald, which is my favourite cheese, as it resembles some of the cheeses I grew up with on the borders of France and Switzerland.
The show also attracts exhibitors from outside the three counties. The Shropshire Cheese Company will be back after a highly successful first venture to the show last year where they took a first place with their smoked Tanatside in the smoked cheese section.
Owner Rena Eyres says: I aim to try again this year as there was a lot of local interest in our cheese at the show. It is amazing how many Shropshire people visit the event and the organisers gave us a very warm welcome as a neighbouring county.
For the cider show the one to watch has to be Olivers Cider and Perry. Tom Oliver from Ocle Pychard in Herefordshire has won the Three Counties Cup for best cider for three out of the four years it has been presented, including 2009.
But will Olivers win in 2010? The success of the show and the competition sees an ever-increasing number of entries from all around the world and it may well be that the cup moves out of the county this year, says Tom.
For show visitors there are tutored cider and cheese tastings and on the Friday of the show visitors are being invited to judge the peoples and childrens choice classes. Will your favourite win a prize?
The Three Counties Show runs from 18th to 20th June.
Tel: 01684 584900 or visit www.threecounties.co.uk for details.