THE Australian National Field Days is here and has something for everyone, from primary producers to keen home cooks.
Come along to Borenore and let Masterchef 2011 winner Kate Bracks and butcher Scott Munro teach you how to get the most out of a Poll Dorset lamb.
Mrs Bracks will give visitors a tutorial on how to cook barbecued balsamic lamb back strap, make chilli and cumin lamb skewers, slow-cook an inexpensive lamb shoulder and make irresistible rosemary lamb chops.
She will be at the field days on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Mrs Bracks said the idea behind her tutorials was to show even the worst cooks how to easily get the best flavours.
“Lamb is my favourite meat. My father was a wholesale butcher who specialised in lamb,” she said.
“A good rack of lamb is impossible to beat.”
Mrs Bracks said consumers should be aware of what breed of lamb they were buying because different breeds produced different flavours.
The Poll Dorset Association, the field days feature exhibit, spend a lot of time researching different ways to get the best product, she said.
“It’s a breed that brings beautiful flavour and it is very marketable,” Mrs Bracks said.
There is plenty for the children to do, and with the inclusion of Saturday this year, organisers hope it will be a great family day out.
More than 600 exhibitors will be there with everything from cattle grids, camping gear, water tanks, tractors and mowers to plants, jewellery and soaps, dresses, scarves and shoes.
There is even the kitchen sink.
The Central Western Daily’s official 24-page guide to the field days is available at the gate. It contains a site map, program of events and demonstrations, as well as exhibitor and product listings.
The Australian National Field Days
* Opening hours: 8.30am - 5pm, Thursday October 24, Friday October 25 and Saturday October 26.
* Entry prices: Adult $15, children $5 (school age), family $35, concession $10 (pensioner card only). Two-day pass - adult additional $5 paid on initial day of entry. Two-day pass - family additional $10 on initial day of entry.
* How to get there: The Australian National Field Days takes place 15km west of Orange at Borenore. The site can be reached by road from Orange via The Escort Way, which is the main road from Orange to Parkes andForbes. or the Cargo Road, which is the main road from Orange to Canowindra. Turn Right into Borenore Road just past Nashdale. From the north turn off the Mitchell Highway 5km south of Molong into Amaroo Road, which meets the Escort Way.