FOOD & FARMING is always a busy and interesting area of the Show. We have competitions, displays, information, cookery demos and lots of lovely, local food and drink! And we have plenty of places to sit down too so relax, stay for a chat, and enjoy your locally bought picnic!

The Exhibitions Marquee is playing host to our excellent beer tasting competition, select your favourite from the local brews available to taste to help decide which beer will be our Showstopper 2016. And as Norfolk is home to growers of some of the best malting barley in the world we’re delighted that Fengrain, a specialist company and a renowned name in grain marketing and storage, is supporting this competition. In amongst the other exhibits, find Slow Food, Aylsham – they will be running their intriguing Taste Trail – and we’re delighted that the Aylsham Heritage Centre, kindly supported by Aylsham Plant Hire, are putting on a display featuring 70 Years of the Aylsham Show.

The FOOD HALL has its usual range of tempting goodies – every year we welcome a range of high class producers bringing a fantastic range of locally produced food including pork pies, sausages, bacon, charcuterie, cheeses, chutney, preserves, apple juice, wine, cider, beer, oils, dressings & sauces, artisan bread, cakes & biscotti, fudge, brownies and speciality teas. You will not go hungry!

The COOKERY THEATRE are presenting their usual entertaining menu mix of demonstrations and talks featuring local chefs and producers – be inspired by the people who grow, make and work with all our delicious local foodstuffs. And don’t forget alongside us on Food & Farming are the many & varied Craft Exhibitors – demonstrating their skills and selling their wares, definitely something for everyone!

John Wootten President of Aylsham Show 2017

Aylsham Show President I am very pleased and honoured to be President of the Aylsham Show in 2017. We moved to Aylsham in 1978, but as a ship’s captain, my job took me abroad for several years. In 1982 my wife’s uncle, John Thornton, then local director of Barclays Bank was President of the Show and he persuaded me to get involved. When illness forced me to retire from the sea, I became Assistant Showground Director to Tom Elwes for several years until 1992. After some years building up Eastern Events, in 2010 I took over as Show Director from Jamie Jamieson. My grandfather farmed at Horsham St Faith and I like to think that he may have visited the show in its formative years. My wife Charlotte certainly competed at the Show in the 1960’s, majoring on the gymkhana. Up until the end of last year I was a director of Revival Productions who have staged very successful concerts in Blickling Park for the past 5 years. All of us who work for the Show have special moments. As Show Director I was always on site by 5 am – a magical time with the mist rising and everything just stirring. The stockmen are washing down their cattle, and sheep are calling to one another. But soon it is all go and you look at your watch and discover it is 2 o’clock in the afternoon before you know it. One of the things I will really enjoy as President is actually being able to see the Show and to meet and thank all the people who make it such a success. The Show is a fantastic organisation where people give their time and energy to raise money for local charities and I am very proud to be a part of it and to be President in 2017.

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