21 June 2002


The Food Pavilion

THE ultimate showcase for the best of British food and drink – thats the claim for the Food Pavilion near the heart of the Royal Show. With a huge selection of specialities available, it is the RASE equivalent of paradise for food enthusiasts, and the local, regional and national foods are not just for show – many of them can also be sampled.

Many of the leading companies involved in food processing and marketing are at the show. The list covers specialist companies producing local delicacies as well as leading national supermarket companies such as Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury, Tesco and Waitrose, which all have close links with British-produced quality foods.

The Pavilion houses the Cookery Demonstration Theatre, which will provide a running programme of demonstrations designed to suit all levels of cooking experience and ability.

Visitors can watch top professional chefs in action as they demonstrate their skills by using top-quality British ingredients to produce mouth-watering meals.

The Heart of England Food and Drink Experience will tingle the taste buds and bring the regions foods to life. It gives visitors the chance to sample a selection of specialities including apple juice, wine and beer as well as cheeses, meats, gingerbread and paté from the countrys only organic paté company. The free "Food Creche" means you can shop and then collect later. This new feature at the show is managed by Heart of England Fine Foods on behalf of Advantage West Midlands.

Country kitchen

THE new Country Kitchen exhibit has been housed in the Oak Pavilion, one of the Royal Shows most impressive buildings, and it has been equipped by Aga, Crick House Interiors, Watts & Wright and Neff to display a range of top quality kitchens, furniture and appliances.

The Country Kitchen, located at grid ref E13, is at the centre of a food-based feature that covers not only the kitchen and culinary skills, but also the do-it-yourself approach to growing herbs and vegetables plus keeping domestic poultry for meat and fresh eggs. There is also additional information and advice on growing vegetables for the kitchen from two highly experienced gardeners, David Beaumont, who runs the world famous Hatfield House gardens, and Jim Pearce, who has many years of gardening experience to call on. They will be ready to share their knowledge with visitors to the 3 acres of gardens surrounding the Flower Show marquee at grid ref E16.

Livestock Interpretation Centre

THIS is another of the new features introduced at this years Royal Show, and the aim is to show the range of products and industries that rely on livestock breeding and production. They range from meat and dairy products to leather and wool for carpets and clothing, and the displays are interactive to allow visitors to select the type of information that interests them.

The main display covers information about the statistics and life cycle of various farm animals, together with examples of the products from each. Products on display include floor rugs from longhorn hides, leather from pigs, long wool from Wensleydale fleeces and – a relatively new idea in this country – house insulation material made of wool.

Another main area in the display unravels what, for many of us, are the mysteries of livestock judging. There are leaflets and other explanatory material to explain the finer points the judges are looking for when they select the winning animals, and why these show points are important. The livestock specialists manning the centre (grid ref N20) will be available to answer visitors questions on the displays.

The links between livestock and food quality is also explored in the RASE Livestock Quality Production exhibit at grid ref T20. The exhibit shows aspects of current research aimed at ensuring that meat and dairy products meet exacting safety standards and are of the highest quality in terms of taste, texture and shelf life. Some of the research featured in the exhibit also concentrates on developing livestock production systems that are environmentally friendly and also sustainable in environmental terms.

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