£10m exhibition hall to be star of the show

Nick Reader, of Tom Walker and Son, with the Supreme Cheese Championship trophy at last year's show.
Nick Reader, of Tom Walker and Son, with the Supreme Cheese Championship trophy at last year's show.

The new £10m exhibition hall will take centre stage at future Great Yorkshire Shows, providing an impressive showcase for the country’s finest food and drink.

Hall 1 will be the venue for a new food emporium, which will feature everything from the benefits of home grown veg through to inspirational cookery demonstrations.

The building, which is scheduled to open in June, is a third larger than its predecessor and is the size of three Olympic sized swimming pools.

Within the 4,320 sq m building will be the new Great Yorkshire Cookery Theatre with action packed demonstrations throughout the event, plus there will be dozens of stands selling everything from gin to jam and from popcorn to pies.

A new element is the Journey of Food area where visitors can chat to growers about the benefits of British produce, and then follow the journey as growers chat to chefs as part of their cookery demonstrations.

At the heart of the Hall will be the prestigious Great Yorkshire Cheese and Dairy Show.

Last year saw a total of 788 entries across the classes for butter, yoghurt, liquid milk, ice cream and cheese. For the first time there is a section for organic products – cheese, butter, yoghurt and milk, and a new class for cheese makers for those whose business is less than five years old.

Show director Charles Mills said: “Our new exhibition hall will be transformational for the Great Yorkshire Show, providing a superb setting for our food exhibition in keeping with the excellence of the many stands and businesses featured there.

“Food production is at the heart of every farmer’s business and so it is entirely appropriate that our new hall is used to highlight food provenance.”

The 2016 Great Yorkshire Show runs from Tuesday, July 12 until Thursday, July 14 and will attract around 130,000 visitors to the area.

Visit www.greatyorkshireshow.co.uk to find out more about the show.