Nenagh Show is to be broadcast to a global audience following a visit to the Showgrounds last Monday by an American TV crew.
US national TV station PBS brought top TV celebrity chef Bobby Chinn to Ireland for the fifth series of its series World Cafe, and one of his stops included Nenagh, where he met and cooked with local chef and deli owner Peter Ward.
Mr Chinn is regarded as one of America’s best known Asian / American TV chefs, with his show going out coast-to-coast on PBS. World Cafe also goes out on most Discovery channels.
During his visit to Nenagh he checked out the cattle and vegetables produce with the aim of linking Irish cuisine with our culture. He cooked griddle bread and ribeye steak with dilisk with Mr Ward, who runs Country Choice on Kenyon Street.
“This is fantastic for Tipperary food and our producers,” said Mr Ward of the TV programme.
World Cafe will be shown next spring.
Meanwhile, show chairman Padraig McSweeney was delighted with the event, especially as it had to be cancelled last year because of bad ground conditions due to the atrocious summer of 2013.
“The previous year, 2012, was our best year ever for attendance, and this year is on a par with that,” he told the Tipperary Star. “It was important for us to get the crowds and the high level of entrants for the various categories back after last year.”
He highlighted the fact that the show is run on a voluntary basis and they had to make sure that they had the funding in place to maintain the high standards set over the years.
This year’s show was officially opened by Deputy Tom Hayes, Junior Minister for Horticulture, Forestry, Food and the Marine.
Launching the show, Minister Hayes said: “Nenagh show is a great example of voluntary community effort in staging a wonderful event, continuing a tradition stretching back to 1875. The show boasts a huge array of the talents and skills of many people from Tipperary and surrounding counties. It is also an excellent social occasion, allowing for both urban and rural people to meet and see all that is good about the traditions and skills of farming and rural pursuits.”
Minister Hayes continued: “The maintenance of a vibrant rural economy depends on excellence in farming and food production. This show allows for healthy competition in a range of areas, leading to an increase in the quality of output from our vital Agri-food sector. With €9bn in exports in 2012, and a planned increase to €12bn under the Industry led Food Harvest 2020, the agri-food and drink sector is a vital part of the export led recovery for our country.”
He acknowledged the huge voluntary effort involved in staging the show, and thanked the chairman, Padraig McSweeney, and secretary Belinda Kelly in particular.
The show was attended by Fine Gael MEP Sean Kelly, as well as local TD Noel Coonan and North Tipperary Mayor Cllr Ger Darcy.
“It is a fantastic show,” said Deputy Coonan. “It is great to see so many people, especially young people, come out and support it.”