A Baker, a Bear and record-breaking vegetables draw massive autumn crowd!

AFCF 2015
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GIANTS from the baking, bear, BMX, bunny and veg growing worlds ensured there was plenty for everyone at the new-look Autumn Food and Country Fair in Peterborough.

Around 10,000 visitors enjoyed food, fur, feathers, family fun and lots of sunshine at the biggest regional event of its kind.

Helping to turn up the heat at the event was artisan baker Paul Hollywood, who entertained fans during a series of demonstrations at the Fair’s indoor cookery theatre, before spending around an hour signing books for delighted show-goers.

Other major attractions included:

The East of England Giant Vegetable Competition – which saw past and present world record holders for giant veg proudly display their monster marrows, colossal cabbages and much more. These included Welsh growers Kevin Fortey – with an eye-watering 6.4kg marrow – and Ian Neale, whose 2.7kg tomato marks a new UK record.

Indoor food and drink area with stalls, sampling, wine tasting and butchery stage by leading producers.

Regular appearances throughout the day by PaddingtonTM.

Daring demonstrations from the exhilarating 3SIXTY Bicycle Stunt Team.

Return of the popular Wisbech Shire Horse Show and other equestrian events.

Companion Dog Show and other canine events.

Exhibitions of rare breed cattle, sheep, pigs and goats.

The Supreme London Championships Small Livestock Show, billed as the rabbit world’s equivalent to Crufts.

The Great Eastern Craft Fair and a celebration of rural crafts, as well as the centenary of the WI.

Kids Country pancake making.

Peterborough Arena event manager Kerry Buttriss said: “The Fair was a tremendous success and we have received some fantastic feedback about the new look and foodie feel to the event.

“With so many other events happening locally on the same day, the turn out for us was absolutely fantastic. This show has now become an annual date that people look forward to.”

For more images from this year’s Fair, please click here.

Note to Editors:

The Autumn Food & Country Fair (previously Autumn Show) has been running for approximately 38 years. It was initially started by a Skegness poultry breeder and enthusiast.

The show – originally called the ‘Small Livestock Show‘ – then grew into a rare breeds event, which was later joined by the Wisbech Shire Horse Show.

The show has continued to grow into what has become an extremely popular one-day event, and is titled as a great, country family day-out.

Peterborough Arena is a premier multi-purpose venue in East of England, hosting indoor shows, outdoor shows, conferences, trade exhibitions, concerts, corporate events.

For further press information, please contact Cetti Long at Media Matters on 01733 371363 or email cetti@mediamatters-pr.co.uk or the Peterborough Arena team on (01733) 363500 or email Kerry Buttriss kbuttriss@eastofengland.org.uk.