Thursday, July 5, 2012

Melton Mowbray Country Fair (or Reasons to love England)

This past Sunday I visited the Melton Mowbray country fair. It was one of the most amusing and entertaining things I've done for a while. My friend H and I have been talking about going to Melton Mowbray for pork pies for ages and ages and this fair finally pushed us into action. It was a dull, grey, wet Sunday but despite that people were out in force.


There were local food producers, including pork pies (bought for Sunday supper) but also lots of local farm produce (meat), cheese, jams, strawberries and ice-cream. We opted for a hog roast roll complete with stuffing and crackling. It was superbly good topped with a little apple compote.


There was a re-enactment group who were re-enacting some battle from the first African War. I was amused by the examples of food on display.


We wandered around gazing at the various animals on display (birds of prey, cows, sheep, alpacas, chickens and ducks), were amused by the beekeepers, plant sales people and cake bake-off but the highlight of the day was the dog show!



Everyone seemed to have a dog of some kind with them, ranging from a super tiny Chihuahua to a wolf hound the size of a small horse.



We sat on a hay bale, eating strawberry and cream ice-cream and watched the waggiest tail, best in condition, best rescue and top dog awards. It was super. I'm going to have to plan to go again next year.

Kiddies baking triumphs

A Knight...
Making pork pies
Cupcakes for the bake-off

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