There will be plenty for youngsters to get their teeth into in the
Education Activity Zone at this year's Countryside Live Food and Farming
Andrew Wood, chef from the University of York
sharing bread making skills with youngsters.
The 'little sister' of the Great Yorkshire Show, the two-day event takes
place on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 October at the Showground in Harrogate
and offers the best in rural life with plenty of fun for everyone. The
Zone is sponsored by Bartlett & Co Ltd.
Food, glorious food is the theme in the Education Activity Zone, where
activities will include a bread-making demonstration by Andrew Wood,
a gold medal-winning chef from the University of York.
In addition, children can learn how to make cheese and butter courtesy
of Askham Bryan College of York, and there's the chance to see how honey
is produced with the Harrogate and Ripon Beekeepers' Association. Members
of the Women's Food and Farming Union and Ladies in Pigs will be cooking
up all manner of tasty dishes and offering recipes and advice on healthy
Education Adviser for the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, Hazel Baker,
said: "The emphasis in the Zone is firmly on learning through fun.
There will be plenty of opportunities to get 'hands-on' over the weekend
and we're sure all our visitors will enjoy the different activities.
"It's a chance to find out where our food really comes from and
how much wonderful produce can be found in our region, and we hope it
will encourage children to think more about the food on their plates."
With Halloween just around the corner, the hunt is on to find the best
carved pumpkin in a special competition for youngsters. Entries can be
taken to the Education Zone in Hall 1 at the Showground during the weekend,
where they will be displayed and judged. First prize is a £25 book
token, with a second prize of a £15 token and £10 for third
place. In addition, book tokens are being offered as prizes in a painting
competition. Also with a seasonal theme, those taking part have to decorate
the outline of a pumpkin face each day.
Young visitors can also chat to 'pirate' Chris Powell, who will be on
hand to give advice on recycling everything from printer cartridges to
bottle tops in his role as community champion for Bettys and Taylors
With a theme of turning trash into treasure, Chris set up the Cone Exchange
several years ago, encouraging schoolchildren to make Christmas angels
out of empty cardboard boxes from the company. They were then sold to
raise money for charity.
Today, Chris collects items ranging from mobile phones and reading glasses
to corks, stamps and foreign currency, and finds ways of re-using them
- even if it's just passing them on to schools to use in craft projects.
Look out for him in his distinctive pirate costume - and take the chance
to discuss the importance of recycling.
Around Countryside Live, visitors can enjoy activities ranging from a
death-defying display by the Xtreme Motor Cycle Team to the lines of
cattle and sheep looking their best for the judges.
Leading chefs will create mouth-watering dishes in the Yorkshire Life
Cookery Theatre, while the Village Green showcases country skills from
barrel-making to watercolour painting. In addition, there will be plenty
of stands loaded down with presents that are sure to make ideal Christmas
gifts, plus a fruit, vegetable and flower show and climbing wall.
Countryside Live! is open from 9am to 5pm on the Saturday and from 9am
to 4.30pm on the Sunday. Tickets cost £6 in advance, concessions £5,
by calling the Ticket Hotline on 01423 541222 from 9am to 5pm, Monday
to Friday, or £8 on the door, concessions £7. Children up
to the age of 18 are admitted free.
For more information, visit the website at www.countrysidelive.co.uk
or contact the organisers on 01423 541000.
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