Royal Welsh Show to highlight best in butchery

A selection of Wales’ most celebrated butchers will be on hand to demonstrate their skills and promote the trade at this year’s Royal Welsh Show. 

On the first day of the show, Monday 24 June 2017, there will be a butchery demonstration from Mark McArdle of McArdle Family Butchers in Chirk. He will showcase how to add value to traditional cuts and display some of his best-selling products. Last year, McArdle was named Hybu Cig Cymru - Meat Promotions Wales’ (HCC) Butcher of the Year and has since enjoyed a year of working with the red meat levy board, even featuring on one of its promotional videos.

On Monday afternoon, a butchery masterclass will be hosted by master butchers Julien Pursglove and Richard Jones, where they will demonstrate how to break up a lamb carcase.

On Wednesday the event will see one of the country’s top female butchers, Catherine Butler, promote the butchery trade and show off her skills. Butler (pictured) of Hugh Phillips in Swansea, has recently launched an online store. One of her employees, David Todd, will also be joining her. Todd has been named Wales’ strongest man, an achievement which has been helped by his career as a butcher. Later this year he will compete for the British title in the under-80kg category. Brave attendees to the Royal Welsh show will be invited to challenge him to a live weight-lifting battle.

The final day of the agricultural show will provide a platform for one of Britain’s rising butchery stars, Peter Rushforth. Rushforth, who won Meat Trades Journal’s Young Butcher of the Year 2016 and was named the WorldSkills butchery gold medallist 2016, recently went on a fact-finding mission to the US funded by HCC, where he explored how charcuterie and beef butchery is approached across the pond. His demonstration will happen ahead of the announcement of the 2017 HCC Scholarship winners.

“Butchers are a fountain of knowledge when it comes to preparing meat cuts for their customers,” said HCC’s consumer exectuive Elwen Roberts. “The art of cutting a carcase is also a highly skilled task which takes time and perserverance to master. We look forward to introducing some of our country’s most talented butchers during the Royal Welsh Show.”

The Royal Welsh Show runs from Monday, 24 July to Thursday, 27 July at the showground in Llanelwedd.

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