“Let’s get Suffolk cooking”

Photo/ film/ interview opportunity: Wednesday 2nd and Thursday 3rd June at the Healthy Ambitions Suffolk food theatre at the Suffolk Show. Local celebrity chefs demonstrate affordable and exciting recipes while families are given the chance to cook their own healthy lunch.

People looking for new ideas for healthy, cheap and easy recipes which will keep the whole family happy can get just the inspiration they need at this year’s Suffolk Show.

The Healthy Ambitions Suffolk food theatre will be returning to the Suffolk Showground on Wednesday 2nd and Thursday 3rd June, where a host of local celebrity chefs will be proving that healthy eating doesn’t need to be expensive or boring. They’ll be demonstrating lots of quick, simple and nutritious recipes which will appeal to both adults and children alike and are much better for you than microwave meals or other fast food fixes.

During the event, people will also be given the chance to prepare their own healthy lunch of a burger or lamb kofti kebab and salad. Recipe sheets will also be available so that people can try out the dishes for themselves when they get home.

In addition, Healthy Ambitions Suffolk, Riverside Housing Association, the Ipswich Town and Bridge Project and the Suffolk Agricultural Association, which organises the show, have teamed up to give 100 families free entry, a free lunch and the chance to win a cookery lesson with a local celebrity chef.

“We want to get Suffolk cooking by showing people that preparing healthy, affordable meals for the whole family to enjoy doesn’t need to be hugely time-consuming or cost a fortune,” said Sally Hogg, head of health improvement partnerships at NHS Suffolk.

“As such, we’re delighted to be working with Riverside and the Suffolk Show to offer 100 families free tickets to the show and the opportunity to make their own healthy lunch.

“We hope that the Healthy Ambitions Suffolk food theatre will show everyone that making simple changes to their diet can have a big impact on their long-term health and wellbeing. As well as helping with maintaining a healthy weight, it can also reduce their chances of suffering heart disease and other illnesses such as diabetes.

“So I’d encourage anyone who wants to improve their diet but is lacking inspiration in the kitchen to come along and pay us a visit.”

Stephen Elliot, from the Riverside Housing Association, said: “We are thrilled to be sponsoring such a rewarding and innovative project. This is a wonderful opportunity for families to have fun together and at the same time improve their knowledge of healthy cooking and eating.

“We are sure that everyone involved will have a great day out and take away some valuable tips and advice that will help improve their health and enhance their lives.”

Christopher Bushby, executive director of the Suffolk Show, said: “We are delighted to support the Riverside project by providing tickets so that people can enjoy learning how to cook using local ingredients a fun and entertaining way.

“This is just another example of the way in which the show brings together communities to enable as many people as possible to share in all the county has to offer. This year we will have donated tickets to more than 4,000 people from the military to schoolchildren, charities to uniformed organisations, as a demonstration of our support to them.”

Elsewhere, Healthy Ambitions Suffolk staff will be using the show to promote the innovative online health manager, which gives you a personal assessment of your current health along with tailored support to help you make changes.

To access the health manager, follow the links from the homepage of the Healthy Ambitions Suffolk website, at www.healthyambitionssuffolk.nhs.uk, or visit the site direct at www.healthyambitionssuffolk.co.uk