Celebrity cook Clarissa Dickson Wright at the Cheshire Show
PUBLISHED: 20:00 17 January 2010 | UPDATED: 14:46 20 February 2013
YOU KNOW how it is. Some days you bump into Clarissa Dickson Wright. Some days you don't. There she was, larger than life scudding through the food hall like a culinary Boudicca on her chariot.
YOU KNOW how it is. Some days you bump into Clarissa Dickson Wright. Some days you don't. There she was, larger than life scudding through the food hall like a culinary Boudicca on her chariot (motobility scooter) on her way to a question and answer session as well as demonstrating her culinary skills.
I was there to judge the 'most attractive stand' in the food hall and cheese marquees. With 84 in the halls and another 13 in the cheese marquee this was a task of gargantuan proportions.
They ranged from our friends at Holly Tree Farm and Cheshire Farm Ice Cream and our own Cheshire Life stand to the superb veg of J H Jones of Ledsham, the eventual winner.
Clarissa said: 'The show is one of the best I have ever visited. The bustling atmosphere and the enthusiasm make it a thoroughly enjoyable day out.
'I love Cheshire which is why it's so special to me to come to such an important county event. The diverse selection of food, outdoor and country pursuits as well as the fabulous selection of animals brings everyone together. I will definitely be back to see Cheshire before next year's show.'
There were more friends to greet us at our Cheshire Life stand when our diarist Lizzie Bromley-Davenport, the first Cheshire-based lady president of the Cheshire Show, arrived for a chat with her husband, Cheshire Lord Lieutenant William Bromley-Davenport. To complete a trio of visitors son Nick Bromley-Davenport, this year's High Sheriff, also paid a visit.
It was that kind of show, a chance for old friends and rivals to mingle, share a little gossip and pick up prizes. And it marked another first for Cheshire Life. For the first time Cheshire Life had produced the show catalogue, which was given away free with the June magazine. The perfect partnership you might say.
THRONGS of visitors brought the Cheshire Show ground to life for the two days of the year when everything great about Cheshire is celebrated by thousands of people from across the country.
With one of the best attendances the show has seen, more than 70,000 people descended on the Tabley showground, near Knutsford.
Visitors defied the unpredictable weather as glimpses of sunshine sneaked through the clouds and the show filled to bursting point as temperatures soared. Roaring noise echoed around as people swarmed to the main ring to watch the breathtaking and lively displays by the Royal Artillery Motor Display Team, The Flying Gunners,
The RAF Dog Display Team and the Chariots of Fire display. The Roberts Bakery Food Hall, which doubled in size this year, was lined with producers from across the country and even the world showing off their tantalizing treats. The food-lovers haven throbbed with thousands of people lapping up the gourmet delights on offer.
It was that kind of show, a chance for old friends and rivals to mingle, share a little gossip and pick up prizes...