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 175thanniversary, 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 30,000 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