Saturday, 31 July 2021

A chance to learn to milk Delilah and meet piglets

THE Henley Show this Saturday will once again play host to the hugely popular Food and Farming Marquee where both young and old can learn just where their food comes from.

THE Henley Show this Saturday will once again play host to the hugely popular Food and Farming Marquee where both young and old can learn just where their food comes from.

Agricultural chairman Simon Beddows and his enthusiastic team have laid on another wonderful interactive display where “hands-on” is the order of the day.

This year’s guest producer will be making yoghurt.

A family of Gloucester Old Spot piglets will be special guests in the marquee this year. They are four months old and have become famous in their home town of Missenden for their escapology antics, with farmers driving around during the busy harvest time to find them.

For the children there will be seed picture making, cooking with Paul Clerehugh, head chef of the Crooked Billet in Stoke Row, and a chance to learn how to milk a cow with Delilah, the wooden cow.

Two quizzes will be running, one for the children with prizes including goodie bags and one for adults, the prize being a hamper of produce from the marquee.

Did you know that during a lifetime the average person eats 35 tonnes of food — hopefully mostly British!

Here are a few more fascinating facts about British food and farming:

* British farmers produce enough lamb for 250 million Sunday roasts each year

* There are more chickens in the world than people

* Eating an apple removes more bacteria than brushing your teeth for two minutes

* Cabbage is 91 per cent water

* Lemons contain more sugar than strawberries

* In the early 1900s nearly 40 per cent of farmland was producing bio fuels in the form of food for horses, which were then the main source of transport

* A cow makes on average 40,000 jaw movements a day

* Flavourings and colourings can cause asthma, rashes and hyperactivity

* Artificial flavours in foods aimed at kids can be twice as sweet as those used in adult foods

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