The Alresford Show, Hampshire, September 2016

This was the reason for being in the area this weekend. Several of us had planned to have a “Great British Camp Off” and enter various things into the show (cakes, knitted items, photographs, an arrangement of vegetables, all the kinds of things that you get at village shows).

Unfortunately, when we came up with this great idea, we hadn’t reckoned on how busy we would be in the weeks leading up to the show, so in the end we didn’t actually get round to creating anything to enter.

This meant that we went to the show purely as spectators, which was still very good fun. It’s a big country show, in the classical style. We’d enjoyed our visit to the Malham show last year, and this was along the same lines, only bigger. Where else do you find little stalls selling local ice cream sitting next to a massive stand selling combine harvesters? A little artisan burger stall next to somewhere selling grain silos? And where else would you find a wooden bike with disc brakes?

This is just a quick post about lunchtime at the show. As you would expect, there are plenty of options to choose from, catering for most tastes. I opted (this will shock you!) for beer and pizza.

The beer was from the same pub we went to last night (The Flower Pots, Cheriton) who have a stall at the show. This was a pint of Flower Pots bitter, a classic malty English bitter:-

The pizza was from Ella’s wood fired pizza – simply made and perfectly cooked in minutes (plus queuing time as it was very popular).

A lovely day out at a lovely country show – looking forward to going again next year!

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