The Food Hall
The new Food Hall in the Clive Emson Conference and Exhibition Centre was a fantastic addition for 2017. Historically sited in a tent by the main entrance, the new permanent building showcased the wonderful local, national and international produce. Butchers, cheese makers, bakers and confectioners were just some of the 50 producers selling their produce and products. The enticing smells, warm welcome and the large indoor picnic area where visitors could buy and try were just some of the reasons why visitors said this was their favourite part of the Show.
Wine and Cheese Tent
The Cheese and Wine Tent demonstrated just how far our cheese & wine industry has come over the past decade. British producers regularly win global awards and some of these award winners were at the Kent County Show this year.
Kent has a strong tradition for producing great beer and cider, there were plenty of opportunities throughout the Showground to sample and buy some of Kent’s finest.
Produced in Kent
There was plenty of local produce from ‘The Garden of England’ to be found at the Show this year. Produced in Kent had a large area dedicated to local producers who not only sell their goods, but are more than happy to chat to visitors about where they source ingredients, how they make the product and ultimately how wonderful it tastes. Cheese makers, meat producers and a host of homemade jams and chutneys were some of the wonderful products available. There was also plenty of delicious food-to-go from pulled pork to venison burgers.
National Cherry and Soft Fruit Show
The National Cherry and Soft Fruit Show is unique, probably the only combined cherry and soft fruit show in the world and it was at the Kent County Show! The NCSFS is a celebration of fruit growing that allows some of the best growers in the country to show the public what they do. All fruit displayed was sold to the public, however as visitors often remark on the fantastic aromas coming from all the ripe fruit, you’ll have to be quick to avoid disappointment.
The NCSFS was open to any commercial fruit grower and the following crops were exhibited : blackberries, blueberries, blackcurrants, gooseberries, loganberries, raspberries, redcurrants, strawberries, stone fruit including cherries plums and apricots. For more information visit the National Cherry and Soft Fruit Show website.
One of the hidden gems of the Kent County Show was the Kent Beekeepers display of beekeeping and honey and this year it moved to become part of the Garden Life marquee. Visitors were able to meet the beekeepers of Kent who are working to conserve the honey bee population of the county. Visitors could find out why bees are important to us, our food supply and the environment, see how honey bees are kept, look inside beehives (with no bees in), see how honey is extracted and wonder at the organisation of a live bee colony in an observation hive. Visitors were also able to take the opportunity to watch and listen to live demonstrations of beekeeping in our special apiary. Learn about the other pollinators at work in our orchards, fields and gardens. Visitors could taste the honey and buy the products from the hive including honey, candles, cosmetics and other products made from the bees hard work.