Charing school taste ‘sweet’ success at County Show

Bishop Trevor, John Craven and Charing School children

Bishop Trevor, John Craven and Charing School children

The Bishop of Dover and Countryfile presenter John Craven OBE presented the “Kent is Delicious” award to Charing school at the Kent County Show on Sunday (Jul 15) Charing won with their┬álocally┬ásourced dishes of Royal Sovereign strawberry and rhubarb compote with honey ice-cream and lavender shortbread.

All smiles at County Show

All smiles at County Show as Charing School children inspect their award

Their food was more about food steps than food miles as many of the ingredients came from the school’s own vegetable garden. It was a tough competition as the schools were challenged to produce their dishes from local ingredients.

The runners up were Holy Trinity & St John, Margate; St Margaret’s, Rainham; and All Saints, Wouldham.

The judging panel were representatives from Produced in Kent, Canterbury Cheeses, Biddenden Wines, Women’s Food and Farming Union (KCAS), and a young producer from Kent, Jamie Neaves who was 2010 South East regional winner of the rural enterprise award.

Judging panel quiz Charing School at County Show

Judging panel quiz Charing School at County Show

The competition was organised by the Diocese’s Communities and Partnership Framework in partnership with Kent County Agricultural Society, and Produced in Kent. The search is on for next year as the competition will be run again.

Photos taken by Canterbury Diocese are available on Facebook.