'Strictly yum dancing' at Balmoral show

  • Issued on behalf of safefood and the Food Standards Agency Northern Ireland
  • safefood and the Food Standards Agency’s stand at the 2007 Balmoral show will have visitors dancing in the aisles…

16 May, 2007. ‘Strictly Yum Dancing’ - an exciting new initiative based around healthy eating and food hygiene messages will take to the stage for the first time in Northern Ireland at this year’s Balmoral show. 

Hosted by Northern Ireland’s answer to Brucie and Tess and with a set designed to resemble a grand ballroom… Genie Jean and her co-host Johnny will take the audience on a crazy journey of salsa, cha cha, and even some traditional dancing!

Comedy aside, Strictly Yum Dancing aims to get across healthy eating and food hygiene messages to children and adults in an exciting and unusual new way. Interactivity is a key feature of the stand with ‘Grill the Audience’ (an interactive quiz) enabling the audience to really get involved and pit their knowledge of food safety and nutrition against each other.

Members of the ‘Strictly Yum Dancing’ dance troupe like Tina Tuna, Starchy Archie and Scottie McOats will test the audience on their healthy eating and food hygiene knowledge, awarding bonus prizes to lucky audience members.

Dr Geraldine Quinn, Scientific Support Manager with safefood said: “Strictly Yum Dancing’ is a great platform for showcasing healthy eating and food hygiene messages in an innovative and exciting way. The show has been created to demonstrate to both adults and children how simple it can be to lead a healthy lifestyle – from eating lots of fruit and veg, to cutting down on saturated fats and sugars and keeping active.”

Maria Jennings, Head of Consumer Choice and Food Standards at FSANI said: “The show is a fun way of giving people information on making healthier choices, such as eating more fish, not skipping breakfast, and drinking more water. As well as the nutrition element, Genie Jean will show the audience about what happens to the show’s characters who have bad hygiene, with disastrous and hilarious consequences! We hope that the audience will come away with smiles on their faces as well as with a little more knowledge on being healthy and having good food hygiene.”

‘Strictly Yum Dancing’ is in the main King’s Hall and will be open throughout the Balmoral Show with live shows right through each day.


Notes to editors

(1) Healthy eating tips:

  • Base your meals on starchy foods
  • Eat lots of fruit and vegetables
  • Eat more fish - including a portion of oily fish each week
  • Cut down on saturated fat and sugar
  • Try to eat less salt - no more than 6g a day for adults and less for children
  • Get active and try to be a healthy weight
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Don't skip breakfast