I wasn’t convinced that Poynton Horiticultural Show would be for me. It sounded a bit old fashioned and I didn’t really understand what it was. However Dave, our local Riverford Veg Box Franchise owner was going to be there with a stall and he spoke highly of it, so we decided to give it a whirl.
Poynton is just two miles from our house, so we had a gloriously sunny cycle there this morning, which got the day off to a good start. The show was being held in Poynton Park, which is a really tranquil, pretty park with a lake (I will be using that as a running location from now on!).
We arrived absurdly early (8.30am!!), so not everything was up and running, but it was a nice opportunity to stroll round and chat to stall owners while it was peaceful. We started with the Cheshire Cheese Company stall, where we tucked into a second breakfast of various samples of cheese, including gin and lemon and caramelised onion and rioja. It was tasty stuff so we bought a few ‘truckles’ of cheese to make flatbreads pizza with for lunch. We then sauntered over to the ‘small livestock’ tent where I was delighted to discover a variety of unusual breeds of hen, guinea pigs and rabbits. I was like a kid in a sweet shop – they were so cute! Next it was time to say hello to the large livestock outside in pens. Various breeds of bulls, shire horses, donkeys, sheep – it was glorious! My favourite moment was befriending a bull called Minnie who loved having his head rubbed.
After we’d got our fill of animals we trotted off to the craft tent, where we went met Paul a local honey producer from Happy Valley Honey. We had a fun ten minutes bombarding him with questions about the honey making process and where he keeps his bees (at various farms around Cheshire if you’re interested). We also obviously tasted and then bought some as well, and were particularly enamoured with the soft set honey which was lovely and creamy!
And final stop was at the vegetable tent, where leeks and carrots the size of baseball bats and cabbages as big as sheep were on display – all competing to win prizes. It was rather fascinating, and gave us some inspiration to up our game with our own garden.
We left the Poynton Show having had a surprising buzzy morning and with a bag full of local produce! What an excellent day out.
PS the flatbread pizzas made with fennel, walnuts and the Cheshire Cheese Company ‘Black Bob’ extra mature cheddar were delicious.