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What’s on at Best of Britain & Ireland

If you’re thinking of coming along to Kensington, Olympia for this show at any time over the next two days, then many parts of the UK will be showing off local food and drink.

On the One North East stand they will have Pan Haggerty Pies, Durham Brewery Beers, and Northumberland Bog Myrtle Gin. Competing against the Irish and Scottish whiskeys will be Coquet Black Rory Whisky. And still discussing whiskey, there will be a few distilleries on the Visit Scotland stand with samples for you to try like Glengoyne. Staying with the alcoholic theme, the Discover Gosport & The Royal Navy Submarine Museum stand may still have rum to sample although I think the Navy no longer has a rum ration! And the Wye Valley Brewery will be on the Visit Herefordshire stand as well On the Hastings and 1066 Country stand they will have some samples from the loyal Carr Taylor wines and smoked fish to try. Sussex by the Sea will have some cream teas and Kent has apple juice. From the largest vineyard in southern England, Denbies, will be experts to talk about wine followed by a tasting. There will also be a tasting of Surrey’s only handmade cheese, the Norbury Blue.

Away from food there will be a number of prizes and offers available like Royal Ascot where you can win tickets to the races. On a quieter note, gardeners from the Windsor Great Park will be talking about what to find in the gardens and Eoghan O’Mara Walsh will be talking about Ireland’s heritage.

To entertain you, the cast of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert will be recreating parts of the show. I was surprised by the show thinking I wouldn’t like it at all but it is wonderfully done. There will be music from a highland piper as well as dancing and, not to be outdone, there will be a mixture of Irish traditional and modern music.

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