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The Royal County of Berkshire Show

Posted by Hugh Anderson on

Royal Berkshire Show; Explorer's Gin; Chilli Tails; Downton Distillery

The Royal County of Berkshire Show holds a very dear place to my heart. It’s a county show that has both a rich and vibrant history dating back to 1909 originating at Enborne Gate Farm near Wash Common, Newbury.

At the age of seven I was taken to the show by my grandparents for the first time, I will never forget the experience walking around wide eyed dwarfed by cattle and horses whilst eating an ice cream and watching the events unfold in the main ring. It was a day of exploring, learning and celebration seeing the best of the country. We attended every year; it was an enjoyable day with family and friends marking the end of Summer and heralding the arrival of Autumn.

This year rather than being a spectator and enjoying the sights and sounds, I was exhibiting and trading at the show. What a weekend it was, it was over before I knew it.

Thank you to everyone who came onto the stand to meet both Meike, Charlie and myself. To those who were brave enough to discover the delights of the Szechuan pepper and our chilli shots; chapeau. We loved meeting you and listening to your stories and experiences.

We left the show with new friends, acquaintances and reforged old friendships. In our back pocket were several rosettes and a silver cup. These were for the gin and our stand in the food hall; these both surprised and humbled us. If you ever see any of the pictures where we are being awarded the Sponsors Cup and a look of shock on our faces - you now know why.

The show continues to inspire new generations and I can’t wait for next year. 


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