A feast for the senses brought the crowds out at one of the West Country’s most popular one-day country showcases.
More than 20,000 people poured into Frome Agricultural Society’s ground at West Woodlands in Somerset, at least 3,000 up on the average attendance, and traffic queues built up on the nearby Frome bypass as families waited to enjoy a day which promised the rare combination of great entertainment, and sunshine.
The worst summer for 100 years has forced some events to be postponed or abandoned but the showground was bathed in a golden glow that put Frome Show stewards under pressure to preserve one of the star attractions, the international cast of cheeses, in top condition.
Entries and standards were high in the livestock classes, with the now familiar face of Nick Hill’s British Limousin Quaish Evie triumphing as Supreme Beast.
The premature calf was not expected to survive for three days, but she did, and Mr Hill, of Nyland, near Cheddar, gave her to his son, Archie, to nurture.
This year her other awards include the supreme beef championship at the Royal Bath and West, the Devon County, Gillingham and Shaftesbury shows.
The show’s livestock area continues to grow and has more than doubled in the last three years.
Countryside pursuits are another expanding area for the show, while main ring entertainment included the 3SIXTY Bicycle Stunt Team and the Bulldog Lings freestyle motocross stunt team.
Wells-based Queen Street Delicatessen was named Somerset’s best deli in a new class in the annual Global Cheese Awards sponsored this year by Cricketer Farms.
The shop, opened by Dan Holland four years ago, beat off stiff competition from fellow finalists The Cheese and Wine Shop in Wellington and Sienna Gourmet Deli, Yeovil.
More than 40 delis across the county were visited by a team of undercover judges, who marked the delis based on their passion and flair for customer service, and the quality and thought put into selecting and displaying their product range, as well as product knowledge and community initiatives. Nigel Pooley, chair of the Global Cheese Awards committee, said: “The Queen Street Delicatessen is a jewel in Wells’ crown.
“The deli offers a delicious selection of goods and the displays are a feast for the eyes, inviting visitors to sample traditional and specialist produce. Its all-important cheese display and selection is also particularly impressive.
“The sales assistants are professional and extremely knowledgeable, even with the most specialist of produce, while the shop has a warm and friendly ambiance. Queen Street Delicatessen is a deserved winner.”