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Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Life: Lambeth Country Show

We were at a bit of a loss on Sunday morning as to how to spend the day.

I googled things to do in London which usually (and bizarrely) we don't find overly helpful, so I was really happy to see that Lambeth Country Show was on.

We decided to cycle over as it was an easy 3 miles.

We had such a wonderful day. There were so many great things about it. Firstly, living in London, you don't get any opportunity to see farm animals, so it was great to see all the kids loving petting and feeding the various farm animals including this sweet duckling. Secondly, everyone was so happy and friendly - I basically adore any occasion which brings notoriously unfriendly Londoners together in one mass of happiness. Thirdly, it was FREE and therefore accessible to everyone. And finally, it was huge - there was much going on - live music, scarecrow judging competitions, food stalls, farm animals, local produce...

A particular highlight of mine was watching the sheep shearing demonstration. I had to practise 'turning' a sheep during my first year at university so it made the demonstrator's work even more impressive as I know how very strong sheep can be!

The show really is a slice of country in London. There were even cake and vegetable competitions- I can't help aways feeling really amused when you see 6 identical potatoes sat out ready for judging - how on earth can you tell the difference between the entries? There was also a vegetable carving competition including a hugely inappropriate one of Charles Saatchi and Nigella Lawson.

As expected, there were a huge number of places to choose from for lunch. Including:

In the end, I plumped for an amazing chicken tikka and vegetable chickpea curry with rice and bread which I had with a sustainable mango juice.

It was super busy and it was great to see such a large number of people making the most of the beautiful weather on this great family day out.

Have you ever been to the Lambeth Country Show? What's your favourite show/fete?

1 comment:

  1. Those carved veggies are too funny! And now I'm craving mango juice. :)