Suffolk Agricultural Association column: Discovering new worlds at interactive Suffolk Show 2014
06:00 16 February 2014
With the county’s annual Suffolk Show just three and a half months away, the team at Trinity Park is finalising details of some of the new areas that guests can participate in this year.
Show director Bill Baker, previously the chairman of the School Farm and Country Fair event for 4000 schoolchildren, is keen to incorporate some of the aspects of this interactive event into the show.
“One thing I have realised is that everyone likes to participate and discover. So this year’s show focus is very much on creating opportunities for our visitors of all ages to explore the site and discover all there is to taste and enjoy about food and farming. Key to this is our new very own Farm Discovery Zone.”
Formerly Farminganglia, the new expanded area is designed as a journey through various aspects of farming, establishing the connection between food and farming. Expect to discover cows being milked by local farmers who are on hand to demonstrate how the milk is used for butter, cheese and yogurt, the beef unit with displays showing cuts of meet, activities and sampling from Ladies in Beef and representatives from EBLEX. The Rare Breeds Survival Trust will be showing sheep on its survival Watchlist, run a weigh-the-sheep competition and hold an animal-focused quiz. The popular sheep show will demonstrate shearing and different breeds, a vintage craft area will comprise how wool is spun and woven into everyday gift items.
Ladies in Pigs will talk pork cuts, recipes and sample sausages. A new hatchery will be on site utilising Easton Farm Park incubators so visitors can see the process and the British Free Range Egg Producers Association will provide educational activities. Visitors will be able to hold chicks and ducklings from Easton Farm Park whose stand will include small farm vehicles for children to ride.
Anglia Pea Growers and representatives from the Potato Council and local vegetable farmers will be on hand to demonstrate how vegetables are grown in the county and how they look when in the ground. Combineable crops, the theme for the 2014 Suffolk Farming School of the Year will be demonstrated through illustrations and samples of various grains and there is a chance to have a go at cooking them up with Emma Haines of Cook with Me Kids. A display of threshing machines and combines and mini digger display will show how the crops are planted and harvested.
New exhibits are being confirmed daily to ensure every aspect of farming is covered and inspirational for visitors. In the former calf unit model combine harvesters made from recycled food packaging waste by the county’s primary schoolchildren as part of the Suffolk Farming School of the Year Competition will be on display and on Thursday the final of this competition will be held in the Farming Discovery Zone.