Children look at life without fridges on pantry posters

Children are being taken back to life before fridges at an annual event aimed at teaching them where their food really comes from.

Glendale Agricultural Society’s Children’s Countryside Day is celebrating the traditional methods of preserving food with its theme The Northumbrian Pantry.

Each of the 40 schools attending the event on June 4 has been invited to design a poster to advertise what they would have in their pantry.

This should include produce from Northumberland which has been dried, pickled, preserved, smoked or salted. The posters will be displayed on the day.

Event manager Ruth Oldfield said: “This year we really want children to reassociate themselves with how food was preserved before the fridge was created and before the use of artificial preservatives, which are found in so many foods today.

“The focus of the theme will be on the seasonality of everyday foods, how they were preserved in the past and how and why certain foods are still preserved today. We will also highlight that preserving foods helps reduce food waste at home.”

Countryside Day gives five to nine-year-olds first-hand experience of rural life.

Each year, more than 65 local businesses and community-led organisations showcase their skills and crafts to educate more than 1,500 children about food, farming and the countryside.

This year’s event features a range of rural-based exhibits, including butchery, dairy farming, bee-keeping and renewable energy. The livestock area will include a display of the breeds of sheep to be found in Glendale.