Success at the Pembrokeshire County Show 2018.
Tuesday 14th August saw the launch of the 2018 Pembrokeshire County Show at the Pembrokeshire County Showground in Haverfordwest. Our local event, the Pembrokeshire County Show attracts visitors, traders and competitors from all parts of Wales and beyond, keen to celebrate the diverse agriculture, homemade produce and traditional values we have here in Wales. The show is a fantastic opportunity for us to promote Welsh (and indeed Pembrokeshire) produce to the thousands of visitors that attend, as well as catch up with our dedicated growers and support the local community.
Focusing on consumer-facing activities throughout the day, the Puffin Produce team invited visitors to the stand to try free samples of our Pembrokeshire Early Potatoes simply boiled and served with Welsh salted butter and mint whilst exploring the produce on display. Visitors were also encouraged to take part in our #fuellingtheteam selfie competition, where they had to take a selfie on our trade stand and pop the image on social media for their chance to win a family ticket to Scarlets vs Ospreys.
Discovering how we pack potatoes from field to fork for the whole of Wales was made easy with our ‘Marble Run’ game, which followed the process in a fun and inviting manner for children – there were even lollipops for taking part!
Whilst the day remained overcast, visitors still made the effort to attend the event and pop by the stand and we were delighted to be awarded ‘Reserve Best Large Trade Stand – Non-Agricultural’ for the first time!
Always our busiest day at the Pembrokeshire County Show, Wednesday is our opportunity to continue to talk to consumers at the front of the stand, whilst hosting a networking event for our growers within the hospitality area of our stand. Our ‘Growers Lunch’ is an opportunity for all of our dedicated growers to catch up with one and other, as well as chat with the Blas y Tir team whilst enjoying a spot of lunch. This event is a key event in the diary of our growers, and one of 4 growers events we host annually. Here at Puffin Produce we are proud to know all of our growers and their families and, because we remain 100% grower owned, that’s the way it will stay.
Wednesday at the Pembrokeshire County Show is also Ladies Day. A chance to celebrate the ladies involved in agriculture, business and the community within Pembrokeshire, Ladies Day is always a key event in the County Show diary and we’re proud to be able to support the event.
During the day we also had a visit from the Scarlets Rugby Team, who popped by the stand to take part in our #fuellingtheteam selfie competition and take photos with local fans. Sponsoring the Scarlets Rugby Team since 2016, we’re constantly working with the team to promote healthy living within the next generation. It’s fantastic to be linked with such a high-profile team within in a sport that is much-loved throughout Wales and we take pride in being linked with a team with such a positive community outreach programme that is really changing lives. Of course, it helps that the players also love eating our produce!
With samples of our Pembrokeshire Early Potatoes with Welsh butter and mint continuing to fly out whilst passers-by stopped to find out about packing potatoes (and take part in our selfie competition), the sun finally began to shine on what had been a busy and successful, but overcast show.
Thursday saw our Marketing Manager, Megan, take the opportunity to promote our delicious Blas y Tir Welsh produce in the Food Hall, whilst demonstrating how to make our Blas y Tir Rudolph St. Clements Cake. This gluten free cake, which remains moist due to the addition of mashed potato within the cake mixture, is simple to make and always impresses anyone who tastes it. The gathered crowd leapt at the opportunity to try the cake and grab a recipe card, leaving the sampling tray empty within minutes.
Pembrokeshire County Show 2018 – all over for another year!
It was another busy but successful week at the Pembrokeshire County Show this year, as Puffin Produce looks to continue to grow and develop for Wales.
Until next year!