Budding butter boffins, junior cheese champions and master milk monitors from across the country are set to battle it out to win one of seven sought after places on Graham’s The Family Dairy’s 2015 Children’s Tasting Panel.
With the deadline for applications fast approaching at the end of this month, Graham’s The Family Dairy is calling on Scottish children between five and eleven years old to submit their online forms quickly for a variety of panel positions including Chief Cream Custodian, Ice Cream Inspector and Chief Cheese Champion among others.
Scotland’s leading independent family dairy launched Graham’s Children’s Tasting Panel in 2013 in a bid to help educate youngsters on food and life on a working dairy after research showed that nearly one in five primary school children believe fish fingers are made from chicken and nearly a third think that cheese comes from plants.
The new recruits for 2015 will join the youngest members of the Graham family, Holly (9) and Douglas (6) on Graham’s The Family Dairy’s Children’s Tasting Panel at Airthrey Kerse Farm in Bridge of Allan this April.
The children and their parents will all receive a special tour of the working dairy, meet Holly’s hens, Douglas’ ducks and Papa’s (Robert Graham Snr) Jersey cows as well as participate in the all-important tasting of lots of new and exciting product launches for 2015 as well as family favourite recipes and Graham’s award-winning ranges of cheese, ice cream, butter, cream and milk products.
Carol Graham, marketing director for Graham’s The Family Dairy commented: “The feedback from the first Children’s Tasting Panel was fantastic and it was such a brilliant day for all those participating – including the parents! We had winners from across Scotland from Balfron to Banff and look forward to hosting another great day at our family dairy this spring”.
But it’s not just about eating cheese and ice cream. Each candidate holds their position for one year and has a very important job to fulfill. They will be encouraged to send us recipes and ideas following their visit that we can share with other Graham’s customers through our website and social media channels and help their parents cook at home by following some simple recipes provided.
“We appreciate just how important it is to educate children on the benefits of healthy eating and our Children’s Tasting Panel is a positive way to ignite their interest in learning more about where their daily food and drink products come from.”
To enter, children aged between five and eleven years old can simply fill in the online application form in the dedicated kids’ area on Graham’s website – with the help of their parents. Applications must be made by 31 January 2015. The winning panelists will be announced by the end of February 2015 and the 2015 Children’s Tasting Panel will take place at Graham’s The Family Dairy in Bridge of Allan on Saturday 25 April 2015.