20 July 2012
The first day of the Newham Show (21 July) coincides with the arrival of the Olympic Torch Relay. All are welcome to join in the celebrations.
The Olympic Borough of Newham welcomes the Olympic Torch Relay this weekend, you are invited to join the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs, Natural England and Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food Stratford for some action-packed food, farming and environmental adventures at the Mayor of Newham’s Show on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 July.
Food Nation ‘passports’ will guide you on a free, food fact-finding adventure around the Showground in Central Park, East Ham, London. Along the way you can learn more about the relationship between food, farming and the countryside. On Saturday you’ll come to face-to-face with English Longhorn cow, Jet Stream, along with her calf, Mega Wave. The two impressive cattle normally live at Natural England’s Parsonage Down National Nature Reserve, but they’re coming to the show on Saturday to help the Food Nation team demonstrate where our milk comes from.
Newham Show will also mark the conclusion of ‘Great British Food for Great British Athletes’, a marathon initiative organised by Young Farmers’ Clubs in association with Natural England. Since May, young farmers have been holding cookery demonstrations along the route of the Olympic Torch Relay to showcase the best of the country’s locally grown and sustainable produce and highlight the role that farming plays in caring for our countryside.
As well as the Young Farmers’ cookery demonstration, you’ll find games and activities for the public to enjoy throughout the weekend. An apple press, bee hotels and that ultimate food growing test - the feely welly - are just some of the delights at the Show. Poul Christensen, Natural England’s Chair, is visiting the Show on Saturday afternoon and will be joining the Mayor of Newham to judge the Village Fete ‘Best in Show’ competition.
The Food Nation project is a partnership between the NFYFC, Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food Stratford, East Potential and Natural England.