Month: November 2013

Excitement Builds For This Year’s East of England Smithfield Festival

Excitement Builds For This Year’s East of England Smithfield Festival

Press release: 25 November 2013

Final preparations are in hand for this year’s leading primestock event , the East of England Smithfield Festival at Peterborough on Thursday 5th & Friday 6th December.

This premier livestock show has again attracted a bumper entry of livestock from across the country, and includes what is undoubtedly one of the largest Multibreed Pedigree calf shows at any winter primestock event this year.

There will be more trade stands than ever offering visitors the chance to investigate options for improving genetics, feeding and health in their livestock enterprises. Several agricultural machinery dealers have taken stands to give livestock producers the opportunity to catch up on the latest mechanisation developments at a dedicated livestock event.

New to the 2013 line up is a brand new seminar programme on the first day of the show starting with Allan Wilkinson from HSBC followed by Peter Aitkin from WestPoint Veterinary Group. Other new features are demonstrations from Jim Barber on Ultrasound Scanning to help livestock farmers understand EBVs better including muscle depth/area and fat depth.

Show Chairman Charles Horrell said the interest in this year’s show has been outstanding, with a combination of the UK’s finest livestock as well as excellent trade stands, seminars and demonstrations it’s a day not to be missed.

The show offers FREE entry and FREE car parking plus a range of catering facilities for all.

Editors notes:
Press release issued by East of England Agricultural Society for more press information contact Kerry Buttriss for more information contact Kerry Buttriss, East of England Agricultural Society (01733 234 451) or email

Food for thought in Peterborough

Food for thought in Peterborough


On Wednesday 20th November the WI Great Food Debate comes to Peterborough.

The event features a panel of experts including Quentin Clark, Waitrose’s head of sustainability and ethical sourcing; Ruth Bond former chair of the National Federation of Women’s Institutes (NFWI) who launched the great food debate campaign in 2012; and BBC Farmer of the Year Guy Watson, founder of Riverford organic farms.

The panel and the audience will examine some of the big global and local questions. What’s driving food prices? How can food waste be reduced? What can be done to encourage healthier and more sustainable diets? How do we balance the need for more food with energy security?

The event also includes a marketplace where local produce will be on sale, an exhibition of food, and a locally sourced meal. The meal has been designed to provide tasters showcasing the best of local food and will comprise; steak and chips, sausage and mash, wild mushroom risotto, smoked mackerel and curried potato salad, maple roasted butternut squash, and fruit crumble.

The WI Great Food Debate is being organised by a team from the Huntingdon and Peterborough WI in partnership with the East of England Agricultural Society. The event is open to all local people and you don’t need to be a WI member to attend.

Former chair of the NFWI, Ruth Bond, launched the Great Food Debate campaign in 2012 to encourage a discussion around the key issue of food security, and how the significant food demands of the future can be met.

“Our food system is under enormous pressure, with an increasing global population competing for limited land, energy and water resources” explains Ruth. “Closer to home, the number of people relying on food banks has doubled.” She continues, “This debate will give people the chance to examine the roles and responsibilities of individuals, communities, organisations and government in addressing the challenges ahead. We want to build a public conversation about these issues. Food security is a major global concern and it’s important that the consumer isn’t left behind.”

When: Wednesday 20th November. Marketplace opens from 4.30pm with the debate at 6pm.

Where: Peterborough Arena, Cambridge and Peterborough suites. Free parking is provided.

How much: Tickets include the evening meal and cost £15 a person.

Book your place: Tickets can be bought by emailing or calling 01733 363502.

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