Exciting Programme of Cookery Demonstrations to Draw Crowds

The three days of the Great Yorkshire Show in July are important dates in the diary for many of the region’s leading chefs.

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Several take time out of their restaurant kitchens to cook in front of the crowds at England’s premier agricultural show which runs from Tuesday 14 – Thursday 16 July and takes place in Harrogate. Around 130,000 visitors are expected through the gates for the countryside and farming showcase.

But this year it won’t just be the Game Cookery Theatre where visitors will be able to watch chefs rustling up tasty treats, the show’s popular Cheese and Dairy Show will also be hosting its own programme of cookery demonstrations with highly-experienced and award-winning cooks using fresh, local ingredients. Menus include Sand Hutton asparagus, Harrogate blue cheese, North Sea lobster and Yorkshire fettle cheese to name but a few!

Amongst the line-up of Michelin-starred chefs are Andrew Pern from The Star Inn at Harome near Helmsley and James MacKenzie from The Pipe and Glass Inn at South Dalton, Beverley, as well as Chris Oakden from The Coniston Hotel and Rob Porter from Greens Restaurant, Scarborough.

Judy Bell, Chief Steward at the Cheese and Dairy Show, said the stage show programme is an exciting new addition. “We are really excited about the cookery demonstrations and are sure they will prove very popular. All the chefs taking part will be using food produced in Yorkshire - lots of great, local, fresh produce,” she said.

As well as the live cooking displays, the stage also plays host to the prestigious presentation ceremony, when competitors have their eye on the show’s ultimate accolade, the Supreme Champion Dairy Product title. Other trophies on offer include prizes for Best Ice Cream, Best Yoghurt, Best Milk and Best Dressed Dairy Product.

And it is not just about expert judges – the event also offers visitors the opportunity to test their taste buds on cheese and ice cream in the popular Consumer Choice classes.

People signing up to be judges will be given advice on how to spot a good cheese or ice cream/chilled product, then asked to make their selection – with prizes awarded to the winners.

Mrs Bell said one of the most unique aspects of the show was that some of the milk judged during the competition comes from cows and goats that are being shown in the livestock classes.

“We believe that this is a really unique part of the show. Visitors can see the cows and goats on the showground, and then see the milk they have produced that day judged in the Cheese and Dairy Show,” she said.

The final afternoon sees the Big Cheese Auction when some of the show’s award-winning cheeses go under the hammer.


22 June 2015

Media Contact: Judy Thompson, PR Manager, Yorkshire Agricultural Society – 01423 546215 or judyt@yas.co.uk

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The Great Yorkshire Show is organised by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society. This year sees the 157th show.

Tickets are available either on line – go to www.greatyorkshireshow.co.uk  - or call 01423 541222.

Tickets bought before 8 July 2015              Tickets bought on the gate

Adult:               £23                                          Adult                £26

Concession:    £22                                          Concession:    £25                             

Children:          £10                                          Children:          £12

Family:            £56                                          Family:            £64

Parking is free and extensive. Please note that dogs other than assistance dogs are not allowed on the showground.


About Us

The Yorkshire Agricultural Society was formed in 1837 and is a charity dedicated to supporting the farming industry and rural life. Best known for staging the annual Great Yorkshire Show, England's Premier Agricultural event and Countryside Live, it's sister event. The value of the support it provides to regional farming and countryside initiatives has risen year on year to nearly £1m. The 2016 Great Yorkshire Show runs from Tuesday 12 – Thursday 14 July and Countryside Live is on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 October 2016. Both take place at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, North Yorkshire and are flagship events for agriculture and rural life. The Society plays a key role in supporting rural life, through grants, sponsorships and has a very active education department which runs a wide range of activities aimed at increasing the knowledge of young people and their teachers about the important role farmers play in producing our food and caring for the landscape. An important date on the annual calendar is the annual Countryside Days event when thousands of primary school children use the showground as a resource for learning. In June 2009, the Society also opened its Regional Agricultural Centre at the showground which will be a focus for excellence for the industry, as well as the new home of the Society. Yorkshire Event Centre Limited (YEC) is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Society and all YEC’s profits go to fund its charitable work. Who's Who in the Yorkshire Agricultural SocietyChairman: Simon TheakstonPresident: Sarah YorkPresident Elect: Lord MiddletonChief Executive: Nigel Pulling