Arable and Horticulture committees get final preparations underway for Balmoral Show

Friday, 10 May, 2019

Commodity Watch by UFU Policy Officer, Patricia Erwin

UFU Arable and Horticulture Update

Ulster Farmers’ Union Arable and Horticulture committees are progressing plans to show-case the breadth of horticulture excellence at the 2019 Balmoral Show. Our UFU Members and leadership team will support profiling horticulture in the Healthy Horticulture Area at RUAS 2019 in the Horticulture Forum NI / Growers marquee. 

New for 2019 the UFU will be announcing their pledge during the show supporting the Food Foundation campaign ‘PeasPlease Making a pledge for more veg’. UFU Deputy President David Brown encourages all to visit, support our local horticulture producers and learn more about VegPower and experience the fabulous taste and smell of local produce being prepared by our show food demonstrators. 


Water Catchment Partnership launch new Branding at Balmoral Show

The UFU will be supporting the launch of the Water Catchment Partnership new brand. The Partnership are launching their new branding at the Balmoral Show. This partnership approach was established in 2013 to collectively deliver improved water quality in Northern Ireland. The Partnership includes representatives from the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU), Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA), Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA), College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) and The Voluntary Initiative. The Partnership has gone from strength to strength with the aim being to deliver one message incorporating the ethos from all organisations to effectively collaborate, educate and encourage best practice protocols that protects our water and in particularly drinking water. Our partnership approach has illustrated that everyone is part of the solution.Come and visit at stand H15 between Wednesday 15 and Saturday 18 May for more information.


Horticulture Forum / Growers Marquee and Tasting Theatre H8

The UFU’s vegetable, potato and Armagh Bramley Apple committee representatives will be in the Growers marquee stand H8 as part of the Horticulture Forum exhibition along-side exhibits from Association of Landscape Contractors Ireland LCI, Strawberry, mushroom and fresh flower producers. Visitors will enjoy an opportunity to chat with Jilly Dougan and discuss the raised bed exhibit, which will include potato, soft fruit, flowers and a mobile school garden display. Information will be available on CCEA Growing for the future resource for schools website. New for 2019, the Food Foundation will be present launching PeasPlease and promoting their VegPower campaign. Kids and adults will have fun with VegPower activities with kids packs, veg masks to colour, veg pants to pot, cookery demonstrations and tastings, and veg bags for escorted school visits all available. Our tasting theatre will produce vegetable, potato and fruit dishes with fun easy recipes to take away. Some kids will also get an opportunity to help cook. Come visit us on stand H8 to meet the growers and view our new video profiling Stewart Moore Ulster Rugby Academy with Alfie & Harriet Reid and Charlotte & William Brown encouraging kids big and small to eat their vegetables.


Food demonstrator for Thursday:

Amanda Grant who is a leading food educator is passionate about teaching children to cook. Amanda has written for national publications and newspapers including The Guardian, Delicious magazine and BBC Good Food, and launched and edited a family food magazine for Co-op. She’s written ten cookbooks (published in nine countries), two of which were in BBC Good Food magazine’s top five books for children – The Silver Spoon for Children (Phaidon) and the award winning Cook School, re-published as Kids in the Kitchen (Ryland, Peters & Small), awarded Best Family Cookbook by Junior magazine in 2012.  Amanda is also the founder of a new nationwide non-profit project, Cook School, exciting children about food and teaching them how to cook basic meals. 

Food demonstrator for Wednesday, Friday and Saturday: 

Evelyn McBurney will be with us also cooking up a storm. She said, “For me rattling pots and pans and creating in the kitchen is one of my ‘happy places’. It provides a great sense of achievement an instant ‘feel good factor’  to take 15 minutes and a few raw ingredients and make something really tasty for yourself, your family and your friends. 

Evelyn has enjoyed over 30 years of full time teaching children to cook, and continues to love demonstrating cooking that is ‘fresh, fast, fun everyday’.   Cooking and conversations are two of my passions and conversations about food and cooking are great!

I’m passionate about inspiring enjoyment of cooking tasty and healthy food every day. If you have 15 minutes, a pan, a chopping board, a sharp knife and some of  our lovely seasonal local food and a ‘heart to try’ then you only need a good basic recipe to follow or adapt,  to nurture and cherish your family, friends and yourself. 

I hope to see you, to share and sample recipes and ideas celebrating our great local seasonal ingredients at the Horticulture Forum NI / Growers marquee, Stand H8 at Balmoral Show 15-18th May.

No show would be complete without our Mighty Spud mascot and we are pleased to confirm Mighty will be meeting and greeting our visitors on stand H8.