FOOD & FARMING ZONE
Showcasing the very best of British food and farming, this section of the Show gives you the opportunity to try a variety of hands-on activities, watch demonstrations and learn about why supporting British farming is so important.
University of Reading
Come and explore the importance of soil, unearth the truth of this hidden treasure with the university’s detailed research, which will take you on a journey from tales of the past through to the future.
Get your hands dirty at this family friendly stand where you will learn about the small steps we can all take to protect our soils and the environment.
Newbury & District Beekeepers
Their stand is quite literally buzzing with information and an observation hive of live honey bees! Those interested in beekeeping can talk to their experienced members who will be more than happy to dish out helpful tips and advice.
The Produce Tent
The tent is dedicated to showing you the complete food chain, from raw material to the finished product through a number of demonstrations such as a baker using vegetables to make her cakes, which help make them sweet and moist, an apple man who produces the freshest apple juice and a lady pressing the yellow fields of spring into oil. You can also sample a well-known local ale so the tent has something to attract and interest everyone.
The results of our farm classes throughout the year are displayed for all to see with a list of trophies won. And stewards, farmers and trade stands are there to help and answer questions and give useful tips and advice.
The Cookery Theatre
The popular Cookery Theatre, hosted by Nicki Whiteman, has a timetable jam packed with some of the best local chefs Berkshire has to offer, showcasing locally sourced food, and will run from 10am on both days, with ‘have-a-go’ opportunities for any keen cooks out there!
The 2017 Show saw chef’s from The Newbury, The Merry Kitchen, The Bladebone, Donnington Valley Hotel and The Pheasant provide some delicious feasts to whet the appetite. And to finish off, The Spirit of Toad and Master Distiller advised on some of their specialist gins, whilst the Blackberry Cottage indulged the audience with some very unique cakes!
The Vintage Display
The Vintage Area returns bigger and better than ever, with more working machinery as it was back in the day, as well as a rack-saw display, a threshing machine, a selection of stationary engines, working tractors and static vintage tractors.
Members of the National Vintage Tractor & Engine Club will be available to speak to for information and answer any questions.
Great for all ages, it will enlighten the younger generation and take the older generation back to fond memories.
Berkshire Young Farmers
If you’re interested in learning new skills, making new friends and competing in a variety of competitions, then why not visit the Berkshire Young Farmers stand for more information as well as some have-a-go activities for all the family.
The club host a number of events throughout the year such as bowling, farm visits, quiz nights and interesting topical talks from an industry professional.