Video: Culinary delights on display at Suffolk Show 2011
SUFFOLK SHOW: The culinary delights dreamed up and created in the county are being enjoyed by the thousands of attendees.
But there have already been complaints there are too many exhibitors from outside Suffolk and the food is too expensive.
Simon Marrison, owner of The Cheese and Pie Man, is enjoying the show but thinks it is unfair local companies have to compete with their counterparts from other parts of the UK.
He said: “I don’t have anything against companies from outside the county but this should be about showcasing local food and local produce.”
He added: “I’ve seen stalls from Halifax and all over the place today. It is important everyone has a good time and enjoys the food but the Suffolk Show should be a chance for us Suffolk companies to let people try our food.”
One attendee has also complained prices are outside her budget.
Framlingham resident Sara Austen, 17, said: “It’s a bit expensive. One stand is charging �6 for a burger. That is too much for me.
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“I want to try the food and enjoy myself here but I don’t want to spend all my money on food. It would be good if the food wasn’t quite so expensive.”
Despite these complaints attendees are sampling local produce and trying delicacies they would never usually pick up in the supermarket.
Ipswich resident David Mullan, 32, said: “I think the food is great. There are some unusual meats I’ll be trying later like wild boar and I’m having oysters for lunch.”
And, traders have reported sales have got off to a good start.
Stephany Hardingham, managing director of Aldertree Icecream, said: “It’s the third time I’ve been here and I think it is going really well.
“I sold three ice creams before 10am so that was a good sign. Generally people like to have their sausages and burgers in the morning and then have an ice cream later in the day.”
Marie-Louise Miller, owner of the Suffolk Pate Company, said: “The best thing about this show is people can actually try what we have on offer. The products look lovely but people really want to taste before they buy.”