The 2013 Kent County Show was a roaring success. After the debacle of last year’s weather we were gifted a superb three days of sun and heat that drew the crowds, the Kent Show Blog revealed that ticket sales for the Friday were the double 2012’s, an amazing turnout. With bumper numbers making their way through the gates the Why Farming Matters Area reaped the benefits of even more people to spread the message to.
The area itself was substantial with one of the major attractions being the Cooking demonstrations that took place throughout Saturday and Sunday. A host of hugely well-respects chefs and cooks from the county were at hand to take audiences through some great dishes, revealing their tricks of the trade as they went. A massive thanks has to go out to all those who helped, including the 2012 National and Kent Young Chef of the Year for 2012 Eden Allsworth, the Head Chef of the Hengist, Daniel Hatton of Thackeray’s and the likes of Googies, Lower Ladysden Farm, Godmersham Game, The Mulberry Tree, Catering 4 Kent and the Butchery and Country Larder for also taking part in the demos.
There were some distinguished guests on hand as well. Dame Kelly Holmes visited the Show as did the Rt. Hon. Owen Paterson, Minister for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs who spent time at the WFM area talking to growers about the importance of Seasonal Agricultural Workers Schemes.
The Kent Show also provided us with a golden opportunity to push the amazing Kent Food App, some of our workers were on hand with iPads to talk visitors through the app, outlining its benefits, ease of use and how important it is to those interested in the local produce available. Downloads for the app doubled against the daily average over the course of the Show.
All in all it was a hugely successful for Why Farming Matters and all involved. All thanks to the weather, increased numbers and a great set up!