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Norfolk Show 2009...it was certainly Hot, Hot, Hot [in all senses of the word!]

by Claire Martinsen on Sat 04th Jul 2009 22:30

Sign at Norfolk ShowJust back from the Norfolk Show 2009…two glorious days spent in the Food Hall at the Show.  The weather was hot, hot, hot and the crowds flocked in.  It’s the biggest 2 day agricultural show in the country and packed full of all kinds of entertainment – lots of things to see and do….you would really struggle to be bored!  Over 100,000 people flocked to the show to see all that was on offer! Its a great traditional agricultural show – so lots of cattle, sheep, dogs  etc – but so much more as well! The Human Canonball was a sight to behold indeed.

It was our first time at the show, and I loved it…such a great couple of days!  My mum and I manned the stand so it was a real family affair. It was just so nice meeting the public and having them taste our lovely drinks.  The comments back were great – its just fabulous when you are making a quality product to hear people say that they taste amazing!  Ginger and Chilli got everyone talking [as it it always does!], and people thought it lovely and refreshing, and there were lots and lots of repeats….where folk kept coming back for more.  Cloudy Lemonade was most popular – after all that horrible ‘fake’ clear Lemonade that is sold everywhere, everyone loved the intense ‘lemony’ flavour and fresh taste. In temperatures of 30 degrees plus, it certainly hit the spot!  Cranberry & Rosehip is a lovely pink colour and went down a storm with the female customers. Rosehips are a really unusual ingredient nowadays, although my Granny used them often, so people really appreciated a taste of their childhood [and mine!].  Last but not least was Blackcurrant & Raspberry – it’s one of my favourites and people really picked up on the fresh fruity taste.

Spot the Breckland Orchard bottle on this monster!

Spot the Breckland Orchard bottle on this monster!

Great couple of days indeed and a real vibe in the Food Hall.  Our ‘neighbours’ were Fab Fudge, who were indeed a fab team and kept us laughing.  There were cookery demonstrations throughout the day – from the leading chefs across Norfolk [including Galton Blackiston and Chris Coubrough].  The rest of the hall was full of artisan food producers, able to talk passionately about what they do and letting people taste some outstanding products.  The stewards in the Food Hall were a great crew – thanks Caroline, Nick and Jacob for doing such a fine job!  All of them were addicted to Breckland Orchard Ginger and Chilli and it kept them hydrated through the day.

Two days of talking and sampling took its toll on the vocal cords, but I wouldn’t have changed it for a thing. For all of you who visited the Breckland Orchard stand – great to see you.  For those of you who didn’t go to the show this year – get the date in the diary for 2010 and see you there [30th June and 1st July].  Its a fantastic Norfolk experience!


Posted in: Food Festivals and Shows


Bray's Cottage Pork Pies
Sun 05th Jul 2009 05:27
Glad you had such a brilliant show with your lovely drinks. In terms of effort the RNS is like nothing else, but well worth it. And it was lovely to see (what seemed like) a much higher proportion of local producers in the food hall this year. I'm sure the visitors apreciate that. Sarah

Sun 05th Jul 2009 18:06
Yes Sarah - I agree, the local Norfolk producers gave the Food Hall a little extra sparkle - linked with the Norfolk chefs. It would be great to get even more Norfolk food there next year xx

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