A celebration of the best of British food and drink is just one of the many attractions at the Romsey Show, which takes place at Broadlands on Saturday, September 14.

Alongside the hundreds of horses, prize-winning livestock and wealth of countryside activities, the popular Food Zone will be featuring demonstrations by top chefs, a traditional bakery show and lots of fun activities for children.

In addition, with over 80 carefully-chosen traders selling their wares, show-goers will be able to browse, sample and purchase some of the most delicious foods available.

They will also be able to see where it all begins, with displays of the Broughton water buffalo that end up as healthy burgers and Tamworth and Gloucester Old Spot pigs, both traditional English breeds that are reared for the local food market.

The Food Zone is masterminded by Judith Long, a past chairman and current vice president of the Romsey Show, who taught home economics and food technology at Burgate School, in Fordingbridge, for 34 years.

Living on a smallholding in the New Forest, where she rears her own beef, chicken and pannage pork, Judith is a director of New Forest Produce Ltd, which promotes local food and drink through the New Forest Marque scheme.

Judith is planning a feast of activities and tasting experiences at the Romsey Show and is drawing on her years of experience organising the cookery demonstration theatre at the New Forest Show to stage it.

The cookery theatre at the Romsey Show will be running a full timetable of events throughout the day to showcase the work of some of Hampshire’s leading chefs and food producers.

Among those taking part are: Andy MacKenzie, executive chef at the five star Lainston House Hotel, near Winchester, who is a staunch supporter of home produce and local provenance, and James Golding, head chef at The Pig, near Brockenhurst, whose food vision is to respect the environment, taste and animal welfare. He will be appearing with New Forest forager Gary Eveleigh.

Master baker Martin Churchill, from Christchurch, will be revealing everything there is to know about bread making in the Traditional Bakery Show: as well as giving demonstrations throughout the day and producing a selection of bread for sale, he will also teach people how to decorate cakes in a series of hands-on sessions.

The Kid’s Kitchen will see Min Raisman and her team inviting children to use local ingredients to create tasty snacks or try their hand at games and crafts that focus on seasonal food and healthy eating.

Other local producers appearing in the food tents and Farmers’ Market outside include My Chocolate Gallery, a family business based in Romsey producing handmade truffles and other treats using the very best Belgium chocolate.

Flavastation offers hearty homemade soups such as Sunday Roast and Thrice of Spice while Bush Farm Catering has high quality hot food made from rare meats such as bison and elk that are farmed in Wiltshire.

“All the traders have been selected because they offer something a little bit different while maintaining high standards of production,” explained Judith Long. “Whether it’s award-winning artisan cheeses, lovingly-made preserves or locally brewed beer, you will be spoiled for choice.”

Tickets for Romsey Show are available on the day or in advance from various outlets, including the offices of The Romsey Advertiser. For more information, including how to save up to 25 per cent on some advance tickets, see romseyshow.co.uk.