NFU Food and Farmyard

Our ‘50 years of farming and food’ theme will give visitors an insight into how farming has become increasingly productive over the past half century.

Change is perhaps most obvious in the tractor. A vintage Massey Ferguson 135 tractor, dating from 1967, with a 45.5 horse power engine, will be parked beside a modern Massey which is four times more powerful.

Chef Erika Pratt will demonstrate dishes that illustrate the economy of the era’s cooks, along with the less elaborate recipes of Fanny Cradock. The historic ‘Go to Work on an Egg’ campaign will feature, plus a ploughman’s lunch, reflecting the Milk Marketing Board’s bid to boost consumption of Cheddar-type cheeses in pubs. The produce being displayed by Westons Farm Shop, Itchingfield, near Horsham, will also be found in the kitchen.

Surrey craft bakers Anthony and Liza Kindred, of Kindred Bakery, will demonstrate the art of bread making. In the farmyard will be a demonstration of sheep dog training by farmer Louisa Hurdman with collie pups.