A stand supported by Devon Norse at the Devon County Show was judged the best in show – for successfully educating local children about food and where it comes from.

Devon Norse worked in the educational Farmwise Zone during the three day show helping children understand more about the food they eat and discover how satisfying it can be to quickly create healthy snacks.

Staff also used the Show to promote the company to key stakeholders, including many children whose schools are cleaned and catered for each day by Norse.

Thousands of schoolchildren had a fun and memorable visit, with 360kg of apples and pears pressed to make many litres and litres of fresh fruit juice which was delicious in the hot conditions.

Devon Norse’s Smoothie Bike clocked up hundreds of miles as youngsters pedalled their way to a delicious smoothie of their choice, with ingredients including bananas, strawberries, pineapple and blue berries.

Inside the food zone, Devon Norse hosted a baking section, where youngsters rolled out, cut and baked either a scone, biscuit, bread roll and focaccia slice.

Devon Norse’s Managing Director, Matt Wilby said: “The show was extremely successful. Farmwise and Devon Norse were delighted to win a Gold Award for the best overall stand. This was based not only on the stand’s popularity, but also on feedback received from the schools in terms of educating the children, in line with their school curriculum.

“I would also like to thank our fabulous suppliers, Total Produce, for again generously donating all the apples, pears and fresh fruits. Thanks to the effort of all the staff involved, this event was a huge success.”

Visitors to the stand included the Farming Minister David Rutley, MP, and the Chairman of the Forestry Commission Harry Studholme, newly elected President of the Show.

*The Show was held at WestPoint Arena, Exeter from May 16-18 and Devon Norse partnered with Farmwise and the Devon County Council.