A mix of fun, fur, feathers and food !

A mix of fun, fur, feathers and food – a recipe for Autumn Fair success

FROM giant vegetables to giant bunnies, canine capers and plenty of horsing around – there was something for everyone at this year’s Autumn Food & Country Fair in Peterborough.

Several thousand people attended the event at the East of England Showground and Peterborough Area, enjoying the biggest day out of its kind in the Eastern region.

The Autumn Food and Country Fair is almost 40 years old and still going strong – mixing family fun, outdoor pursuits and country living all in one fantastic day.

New this year, budding bakers were invited to pit their wits against each other in the WI organised open bake off, which saw a delicious display of artisan bread, Victoria sandwiches and scones.

As popular as ever, the East of England Giant Vegetable competition attracted heavy weights from the growing world, with past and present world record holders proudly displaying their monster marrows, colossal cabbages and much more.

One of the highlights of the event was Kid’s Kitchen – a regular feature organised by Kids Country, the East of England Agricultural Society’s food and farming education programme for young people.

Youngsters were given the chance to learn about the origins of ingredients needed for fruity flapjacks – and then following a demonstration, had the opportunity to make and take home their own tasty treat.

Other attractions included:

– Indoor food and drink area with stalls, sampling, wine tasting and butchery stage by leading producers.
– Regular appearances throughout the day by Scooby-DooTM
– Return of the popular Wisbech Shire Horse Show and other equestrian events
– Canine events, including displays by the East of England Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club display team.
– Exhibitions of rare breed cattle, sheep, pigs and goats
– The Supreme London Championships Small Livestock Show, billed as the rabbit world’s equivalent of Crufts
– Fun fair
– Dozens of clothing and gift stalls.
– Display on various courses by Peterborough Regional College, as well as live music performed by some of the students.

Peterborough Arena event manager Kerry Buttriss said: “It was another fantastic event, helped by a combination of the great variety of attractions throughout the day, and the mild autumn weather.

“We are delighted that the Autumn Food & Country Fair remains a popular event in the regional calendar and that people from all over the area continue to support this exceptional family day out.”

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