Karen Wright: Festivals are a great place to demonstrate

Karen getting ready for one of her demonstrationsKaren getting ready for one of her demonstrations
Karen getting ready for one of her demonstrations
I really enjoy working at festivals. I started this year as usual with Wakefield’s very own Rhubarb festival and then in May I went to Knaresborough for Glampfest and just a couple of weekends ago I travelled down ‘south’ to work on the demo stage at the Hertforshire County Show.

Like the Yorkshire Show, it was predominantly farming related with all the ‘trimmings’ like dogs, horses, stewards wearing bowler hats and so much more.

The weather was perfect, the bluest of skies with not a whisper of a cloud to be seen. We travelled down to the show in the same motorhome that we used last summer when we went on our trip to Europe as we are en route to France for this summer's holiday. It was a perfect set up at the show as we managed to navigate our way past all the horse boxes and the dog show and found a parking spot right outside the demo tent. This meant that I could do all my preparation from the comfort of my home from home!

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The demo kitchen in the tent was perfect and looked the part with hay bales instead of chairs for the audience to sit on. I did two slots, and, in each slot, I cooked two recipes from my book Meals on the Move: A Campsite Cooking Journey. This was a great opportunity to talk about how I wrote and published the book last summer just after my return from the motorhome trip. My book is for sale on my website www.karenwrightbakes.co.uk if anyone wants to buy a copy!

After the hectic day at the show, I was glad to put my feet up for a couple of days and enjoy spending time in the motorhome on the Caravan and Motorhome Club site at Commons Wood, which is close to Welwyn Garden City. As it was a bank holiday weekend the site was quite busy, and it was great to spend a little time indulging in a spot of people watching!

We will be crossing into France soon. All preparations are in place both at home and abroad: house sitters in place at home and some amazing campsites booked ‘sur le continent’ so I am looking forward to a fabulous trip, which of course I will be sharing in my column each week. Au revoir campers!