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Tuesday’s top telly

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Well we have the lovely Jamie O and River Cottage team to look forward to again from 12:05pm today on BBC2 but I can’t wait to see Gordon Behind Bars again at 9pm tonight on Channel 4. Did everyone enjoy last weeks episode?

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Monday’s telly picks

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If you fancy a few quick recipes to start off your week Channel 4 kicks off with Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals at 12:05pm today, followed by River Cottage Bites at 12:40pm.

This evening we have episode 2 of Food Factory, which looks into mass produced food, on BBC1 at 7:30pm and Jamie has a new series starting at 8:30pm on Channel 4 – Jamie’s Summer Food Rave Up.

This weeks TV highlights

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Tuesday 26th June

9pm Channel 4 – Gordon behind bars

Does anyone want to see Gordon Ramsay behind the bars of Brixton prison? I bet he’ll get as good as he gives in there…

Wednesday 27th June

11:20pm BBC 2 – The Fruit & Veg Market: Inside New Spitalfields

The last of 3 programmes behind the scenes of three top UK markets. This week at New Spitalfields, a wholesale horticultural market.

Thursday 28th June

8pm Channel 5 – Marco Pierre White’s Kitchen Wars

Part 4 of 7 – the second of the semi-finals.

The Cheshire County Show – Gallery

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The Cheshire County Show – 19th and 20th June

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Well folks, there’s only one word that sums up The Cheshire County Show for me – IMMENSE! I had no idea it was on such a huge scale. It’s like going to Leeds festival, only the music is much worse and the food is much better!

I went on both days this year to take in as much of what the show has to offer. There are areas dedicated to the judging of cattle, sheep, pigs, horses, poultry, rabbits, cavies and pigeons, with some amazing specimens and rare breeds on show. There was show-jumping, vintage machinery, a village green with bandstand and a Countryside Experience Arena with such pursuits as archery and shooting along with a fairground to entertain the younger audience. The main arena showed performances from the Cheshire Constabulary Dogs Unit, a daredevil stunt show, falconers, hounds, pony club games and so much more. There were stalls for country clothing, outdoor pursuits, wood carving, a blacksmiths, craft market, Women’s Institute, shopping hall, enormous food hall incorporating a cheese tent and food theatre, agricultural centre, a farmer’s market and numerous mini showrooms set up for cars, caravans and motor homes.

The two day event, held at Tabley Showground, is run by the Cheshire Agricultural Society, established in 1838. The CAS now partners with such companies as Sainsbury’s (Agri-centre), Roberts bakery (food hall) and The Co-Operative (cheeses), not to mention the prestigious Cheshire Life magazine, to ensure the show is a success each year.

For similar events in your area visit the Association of Show and Agricultural Organisations at http://www.asao.co.uk .

This year’s programme of events is below. I will also be posting a gallery of photos to whet your appetite for next year. I will certainly be doing my utmost to attend every year from now on!

Tuesday 19th June
Cattle rings
Sheep, goats, pigs and rare breeds
Light horse section
Shire horse ring (competition classes)
BSJA show jumping
Poultry marquee
Dogs – non-sporting

Wednesday 20th June
Cattle rings
Sheep, goats, pigs and rare breeds
Light horse section
Shire horse ring (decorated class and demonstrations)
Private driving (shire horse ring)
BSJA show jumping
Pigeons, rabbits and cavies
Dogs – sporting

Day 1 of the Cheshire Show

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Well I have lived in Cheshire all my life and I’m appalled to say I’ve never been to the Cheshire Show. I decided to get tickets for both days this year to catch up on everything I’ve been missing out on.

It was a superb day with more to see and do than I had imagined! There will be pics & posts to follow day 2 of the show tomorrow as I haven’t seen half of what was on offer yet.

If you can get down to Tabley for day 2 it’s well worth a visit!

Congleton Food & Drink Festival 2012

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Well after a miserable week the sun came out for the food & drink festival on Sunday which was a pleasant surprise! Last year’s festival was a huge success, with over 10,000 people attending the event. This year it was planned to be even bigger.

The main thoroughfare through the town was closed off and stalls lined the streets and were open from 10:30am until 4:30pm. It was buzzing with plenty of entertainment, food and drink stalls and other local businesses. There was a magician and live music and plenty of wonderful smells coming from the hot and cold food vendors. There was even a hog roast to enjoy at your leisure!

It was such a delight to see so many stalls offering local produce    and doing what they could to get locals of all ages involved. There was even a ‘Food Passport’ for children to have stamped every time they tried a taster from the stalls, which I think is a wonderful idea!

I have listed this year’s traders below. I will definitely be checking out their wares in future and hope to feature more of them on my blog in the coming months.

The festival kicks off the Tasty Town Week, from which I am sure there will be plenty more events for me to report on through the week. I’m definitely heading to the Teddy Bear’s Picnic on Thursday (with my son of course!) to enjoy story time with some life sized bears in the park!

2012 TRADERS

Abbey Leys   www.abbeyleys.co.uk

Adams & Russell   www.adamsandrussell.co.uk

All About Pies

Bangkok Thai   www.bangkokthai.co.uk

Beartown Spice   www.beartownspices.co.uk

Bon-O-Phool

Beartown Brewery   www.beartownbrewery.co.uk

Buttertons Big Brown Cow Icecream   www.butterton.co.uk

Cakes by Jean Bean   www.cakesbyjeanbean.co.uk

Champagne Dreams   www.champagne-dreams.co.uk

Caribbean Flaava   www.caribbeanflaava.co.uk

Cheshire Lavendar

Chestnut Meats   www.chestnutmeats.co.uk

Chilli Pot   www.chillipot.biz

Congleton Co-op Members Group

Congleton Fair Trade Group

Cycling Campaign Cop Cuisine   www.copcuisine.co.uk

De Lacey’s

Delicious Sauce Co Ltd   www.delicioussauce.co.uk

Delissimo   www.delissimo.biz

Derbyshire Mushrooms

Dozo Shushi

Food For Thought Bakery   www.haslington-bakery.co.uk

Everyday Delicious

Fudgebox   www.fudgebox.co.uk

Galore Foods   www.galorefoods.co.uk

Guernsleigh

H.S. Bourne

Halfpenny Green Vineyard   www.halfpenny-green-vineyards.co.uk

Holford Farm   www.holfordfarm.co.uk

Harvey’s Pies Ltd

Homecook Online   www.homecookonline.com

James Baxter & Son Ltd   www.baxterspottedshrimps.co.uk

Lancashire Delights

Las Paelleras

L’Endroit Honey

Linconshire Poacher Cheese

Mafeking Biltong   www.mafekingbiltong.co.uk

Nut Roasts

Oliviccio   www.oliviccio.co.uk

Ostrich Direct

Padian   www.padianfareasterncooking.co.uk

Port of Lancaster   www.lancastersmokehouse.co.uk

Purple Laura   www.purplelauracreations.co.uk

Quinteassential Teas   www.quinteassential.co.uk

Radfords of Somerford   www.radfordsofsomerford.co.uk

Retro Shots   www.retroshots.co.uk

Riverford Organics   www.riverford.co.uk

Rushey Hey

Shakahara

Signature Soaps   www.signaturesoaps.co.uk

Slice Artisan Pizza

Staffordshire Cheese

Staffordshire Eggs

Taste of Anatolia

The French Corner   www.facebook.com/thefrenchcorner

The Great Northern Pie Co.

The Naked Baker

The Parsnipship

The Real Food Company   www.therealfoodcompany.org.uk

The Real Thai Pie Co.

This Little Piggy

Tiamo

Tinakiiana   www.tinakiiana.co.uk

Top Nosh

Troffel

Ultimate Fudge Outlet   www.ultimatefudgeoutlet.co.uk

Vanilla In Allseasons   www.vanillainallseasons.co.uk

Vitalianos   www.vitalianos.co.uk

Wealth of Health   www.wealthofhealth.myforever.biz/store

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