To celebrate our 90th Show, we will be looking at a series of posts which will highlight the importance of all our volunteers, stewards, trade stands and Committee members.

Julian Barnes is the Managing Director of Biddenden Vineyards, a hugely successful family business, that is proud to own Kent’s original commercial vineyard, producing award-winning wines, ciders and juices.

Julian and his family have been coming to the Kent County Show for over 40 years.  He is passionate about his own business and over the years has worked hard to grow the Biddenden brand.  

Biddenden Vineyards is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year and have spent the past 40 years coming to the Show to not only sell their range of cider, wine and juice but to meet and talk to the 80,000 visitors that come to the Show annually.

Julian, in his younger days spent his time running the trade stand at the Show, this allowed him to gain an insight in to what customers and potential customers wanted from their products.  He was also seeing the event from a commercial viewpoint and was able to see the Show from a different angle to many of the people involved in the show. This unique perspective made him the perfect choice to join the Kent County Agricultural Society, Board of Directors in 2016.

Julian was keen to bring his commercial success and experience to the Society. He is now the Vice-Chair, and as such takes the role very seriously and believes that the Show has an important part to play in education and showing the public what a rich and varied agricultural community we have in Kent.

His enthusiasm for the Show will no doubt filter down and his aim is to bring more education to the three day event and encourage more children to come along and get involved.  As a trade exhibitor, he was able to use the Kent County Show as a shop window for Biddenden Vineyards and enjoyed being able to talk to a wider community. As Vice-Chair of the Agricultural Charity he would like to see more visitors come along and experience the Show for themselves.

His favourite part of the Show is the Kent Federation of Young Farmers Clubs who are located at the main entrance.  Julian has been impressed with the dedication of the young members aged 10 to 26, who bring livestock to the Show and take part in a number of competitions. His message to any visitor is, come along, walk through the Agricultural Area to see some exceptional livestock and then wander round the rest of the Show taking in the atmosphere and celebrate the very best of what Kent has to offer.