The early birds have been out catching worms since the first cheep of dawn; busy setting up the A Hume stand down at Springwood Park for the Bicentennial Border Union Show. So, if you are passing, make sure to stop by and say hi – we are located on the far side of the main ring (our usual spot).
Everything is new pin neat – knowing this is the 200th show makes us feel we need to give everything a bit of oomph, so we’re giving the tweed an extra tweek, polishing up our chat and our smiles, and generally doing our best to make sure the event goes off with a worthy bang.
The celebrations peak at tonight’s’ big bicentennial shindig, or banquet as its officially termed, at Springwood Park. Top notch grub laid on by Michelin starred chef’s that are almost too numerous in number to name – but we’ll give it a shot; Albert Roux, Andrew Fairlie, Derek Johnstone and Steven Doherty (former head chef at Le Gavroche) and the six finalists in the Borders College Cookery Competition – click link for more info on those in with a chance of winning a 6 month placement at Andrew Fairlie’s Gleneagles eaterie (2 Michelin stars) and a £6,000 bursary.
Guests can look forward to Ballotine of Salmon – we think this is a swanky way of stuffing salmon, but we’re not entirely sure – Wild Mushroom Risotto and Borders Spring Lamb – it could hardly be anything else – followed by Raspberry Assiette – which though it translates directly as raspberry plate we’re sure will be exquisite.
Taste buds a-tingle and lips smacking at the thought.
This year’s Bicentenary show has been a long time in the planning, our blog post BUAS: A Celebration of Agriculture and Rural Life, explores the history and the heritage but for visitors to the show, here’s a brief run-down of the highlights:
- Friday is pony day at the show, with the Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse Qualifiers the key item on the competitive schedule. With the Pony Club Team Jumping in the early afternoon.
- Children’s Pet Show at 3pm – always a favourite, fingers crossed for an entertainingly naughty puppy.
- On Saturday, the Young Handler Judging follows the completion of the cattle classes which begin at 9.30am
- And 2.45pm heralds the Grand Parade of Livestock and the Champion of Champions at 3.45pm.
Many of the local food producers we featured in our blog post, Borders Field to Fork; including Standhill Cheeses, Peelham Farm and Simple Simon’s Perfect Pies, are dazzling taste buds in the Exhibition Hall Food Fair. And there will be entertainment in the form of the Kelso Pipe Band, Fun Fair and climbing wall.
So get down to the BUS this weekend and be party of the big birthday bash.
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