This year the Aylsham Show is saying goodbye to one of its regular contributors after many years of top-notch catering.
Peter Huson, of South Hill Catering, has been making sure that guests at the annual ball, and show members, have enjoyed some of the best food and drink around for the past 16 years, and the committee would like to thank him for his “excellent service”.
Around 500 guests go along for dinner and dancing on the Saturday before the show and between 300 and 400 members sit down in the marquee for lunch on the day of the show itself. Peter has always made sure that they have been well fed and looked after with some wonderful locally sourced food – from morning coffee to lunch and afternoon tea.
“I think over that time I have probably served around 16,000 meals,” he said. “It’s been a delight to do business with them… I’d say it was one of the nicest things I have done.
“A lot of work goes into it, there are a lot of volunteers working really hard and it’s lovely to deal with people like them. It’s like a family.”
It hasn’t always gone smoothly, but Peter said that team spirit got everyone through. “We have had years when it was flooded and inches deep in water and years when it was so hot you couldn’t breathe,” he said. “But it never deterred people from coming and getting on with it. Come rain or shine we always got through in the end and had an excellent weekend”
And these efforts are really appreciated by the show’s organisers who are full of thanks to Peter for all those years as a vital part of the show team.
“We would like to say a huge thank you for everything Peter and his team have done for the show,” said Jo Coxford, Members Enclosure & Hospitality Co-ordinator “The Show has worked with Peter and his team for many years and we really appreciate all his hard work and delicious food. We will miss him.”
Peter said he was sad to be leaving the show and hoped to play a part in the future, but he was glad to be going out on a high. “It was a difficult decision,” he said. “Last year was the best I have ever done so I think this is time to go.”
And as Peter and his team say goodbye, the new caterers have stepped up to the platter to look after everyone at this year’s event.
Aylsham company JGLS Catering has taken over the contract and this will be Johno and Laura Gardiner’s first show. Originally from Cromer and Sheringham, the couple have looked after many A-list celebrities and catered for some of the country’s top sporting teams and events, and are looking forward to adding this prestigious agricultural show to their portfolio.
And Johno said they would be carrying on with the tradition of using good local food from good local producers, such as those who are exhibiting at the show.
“Our supplies where possible are all local,” he said. “We buy direct from the farms and local fishmongers and we make sure that traceability and sustainability is maintained.