Despite terrible weather and difficult ground conditions for organisers, trade stands and visitors, the Why Farming Matters in Kent Team had a wonderful three days. The 2,000sqm area was dedicated to the best of British Beef and Dairy and activities included cookery demonstrations, butchery demonstrations, a children’s workshop to create a giant oast house and dairy cow made from recycled newsprint.
Outside the animals; sow and piglets, two dairy calves and a British White beef cow drew in the crowds. The large farm machinery as always proved to be really popular and visitors were able to see just how far large farm equipment has progressed.
Inside the marque the children’s tractor area was used on all three days by our youngest visitors and the cookery theatre boasted full audiences for all demonstrations on all days.
We were delighted to welcome Caroline Spelman on Friday, Minister of State for the Environment, Adam Henson, TV Presenter and Farmer and on Sunday John Craven gave out the awards for our young chefs whose competition entries, supported by the Diocese of Rochester, where judged in the cookery theatre on Sunday.
The Why Farming Matters in kent team were also joined by the NFU Roadshow, Johnny Ball made a wonderful addition to the busy area and had a range of activities and information for visitors. The WFU team looked after Blossom a full size replica dairy cow and both young and old visitors to the area were able to experience first hand how to milk!
A huge thank you to all the chefs, volunteers, farmers and growers who gave up their time, experience and equipment to ensure that the public were able to learn a little about food and farming. The display would not have been possible without the support of Leader Downs & Marshes who funded the project.