National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

19 July 2012

Young Farmers’ Club (YFC) members will be signing off their involvement with the London 2012 build-up with a two-day extravaganza at the Mayor of Newham’s Show on 21 and 22 July. The Young Farmers will be hosting a cookery demonstration as well as running games and activities throughout the two days for the public to enjoy at Central Park in East Ham.

The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC) has been holding cookery demonstrations across the country as part of its Great British Food for Great British Athletes initiative, which gained a prestigious London 2012 Inspire Mark. All the cookery demonstrations have taken place along the Olympic Torch relay route and the final event for the project coincides with the Torch visiting Central Park. The Young Farmers’ event will see members from Essex and Kent entertaining the crowds in the park at two Food Adventures marquees.

Food Adventures is a partnership between the NFYFC, Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food - Stratford, East Potential and Natural England and has been developed especially for the weekend. This partnership marks an alliance between ‘town’ and ‘country’ based on their common love of food and growing.  The objective is to bring together young people from different backgrounds, but with a common interest in food, uniting to run inspirational activities for families at the Mayor’s Newham Show.

 One YFC member, Tom Collison, who carried the Olympic Torch through the streets of King’s Lynn, will be taking part in a ‘cook-off’ competition on Saturday at 1.30pm with a fellow Olympic Torch bearer from Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food - Stratford.

As well as the cookery competition club members will be running games and activities for the public to enjoy. The activities, with an agricultural twist, will include milking a model cow, butter making, wheat grinding as well as crop and food matching.

NFYFC Agriculture Chair Helen Reeve said: “NFYFC’s Agriculture committee wanted to do its bit in Olympic year to promote all that is good about British food and farming. London 2012 has provided the platform for YFC members to do this.  We have worked with Natural England to develop and deliver a project to include as many YFC members as possible during the Olympic Torch Relay. This is the culmination of all the hard work that our members have put in to this project and, I am sure, has showcased to a wider public all the great skills that YFC members have.”


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