The annual Spring Festival will be held on 18 and 19 May 2013 at the Royal Welsh Show Grounds in Builth Wells. This has become one of the most popular weekend attractions in Wales showcasing smallholding, gardening and sustainable living – focusing on conservation, the environment and the saving of energy from installing a windmill to insulating your house with sheep’s wool.
There are numerous workshops, talks and question and answer sessions on smallholding, horticulture, and environmental and countryside matters – a really fascinating opportunity for learning and discovery.
The focus of the Farmers’ Market is on produce from small independent producers where you will find some of the finest foods being produced from lamb, mutton, beef, wild boar and venison to beautiful cheeses (cow, goat and ewe); wines, cider, liqueurs and hand made ice creams to jams, chutneys, preserves, cakes and artisan breads.
Having indulged your taste buds, perhaps move into the Floral Hall which offers a feast for every sense; wandering among the blossoms and stunning floral displays there is a visual treat in the wonderful design, colour and scent – a real inspiration for any plant lover.
Livestock, including the rarer breeds, are at the core of the event with its many displays and trade stands and full programme of entertainment. My favourite event is the pig handling – who doesn’t love a pig? From the handsomest Sandy and Blacks, Gloucester Old Spots and Tamworths to the dearest little Kunekune pigs. The miniature Kunekune pigs were originally kept by Maoris in New Zealand and the word kunekune means ‘fat and round’ in the Maori language.
These little pigs make good pets as they are friendly, also rather hairy! It is the smallest domesticated breed of pig in the world, standing about 35cms. Watch small children handle these miniature pigs in the ring – most pigs doing their own thing, meandering wherever the will takes them, regardless of the small child on end of stick trying to direct them in the desired direction!