A NEW food and farming zone at this year’s Royal County of Berkshire Show will be dedicated to the best of British food and farming.
Organised by the Newbury & District Agricultural Society, the Royal County of Berkshire Show 2016, which takes place at Newbury Showground on September 17 and 18, will see a new food and farming zone, including hands-on activities, demonstrations and information about British farming.
Elsewhere, visitors to this year’s harvest centre will be greeted by colourful Minion characters made from hay bales, and activities including apple pressing, alongside beer sampling, hosted by Ramsbury Brewery.
Other show highlights include the chance to ride in the latest satellite-guided John Deere tractor, courtesy of Great Shefford-based dealer Farol’s, while the popular cookery theatre makes a welcome return.
A vintage area will showcase 1940s-style farming, complete with old tractors and threshing machines, and there will be the opportunity to find out about a career in modern agriculture from a team from the Berkshire College of Agriculture (BCA).
The BCA will also host the climbing wall in the sports zone and will launch a new initiative, the Centre for Land-based Enterprise and Technology.
Berkshire Young Farmers will offer mini digger rides and a win-the-wheelbarrow (and contents) charity raffle and the University of Reading will take visitors on a food-to-fork journey.
Newbury & District Beekeepers will create a buzz with a hive of live honey bees, challenging visitors to spot-the-queen.