'Strictly yum dancing' at Balmoral show

Issued on behalf of safefood and the Food Standards Agency Northern Ireland

The safefood and Food Standards Agency stand will once again have visitors dancing in the aisles…

Wednesday, 14 May 2008. ‘Strictly Yum Dancing’ - an energetic and fun initiative which highlights healthy eating and food hygiene messages will once again take to the stage at the Balmoral show. 

Hosted by Northern Ireland’s answer to Brucie and Tess, Johnny and his co-host Genie Jean, the Queen of Clean are back by popular demand to ‘strut their stuff’ for this year’s show goers.

Comedy aside, Strictly Yum Dancing aims to get across healthy eating and food hygiene messages to children and adults in an exciting and unusual 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.

Dr. David McCleery, safefood said: “Strictly Yum Dancing is a great platform for showcasing healthy eating and food hygiene messages in a novel and fun way. As well as the healthy eating element, Genie Jean will show the audience what happens to the show’s characters when they don’t follow good food hygiene at home. 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.”

Maria Jennings, FSANI said: “The show is an entertaining way of giving people information on making healthier choices. As well as the food hygiene messages, the show demonstrates to both adults and children how easy it can be to lead a healthy lifestyle – from eating lots of fruit and veg, to cutting down on salt, saturated fats and sugars and keeping active”

Strictly Yum Dancing is in the main King’s Hall and will be open throughout the Balmoral Show, with live shows every 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

(2) Food hygiene tips:

  • Always wash your hands thoroughly using soap and warm water before preparing food and after handling raw meat and poultry.
  • Cook poultry, pork and minced meat products thoroughly and make sure they are piping hot all the way through, with no pink meat remaining and the juices running clear.
  • Keep chilled foods refrigerated until it is time to eat them - don't leave them standing around.
  • Store raw meat and poultry separately from ready to eat foods and avoid transferring germs during food preparation by washing all surfaces and utensils thoroughly after handling raw meat and poultry and before preparing ready-to-eat foods

Further information or to arrange an interview: Kathy Doyle at Smarts PR on 028 90395500 / 07736844076 or Alison Gowdy at Food Standards Agency on 028 9041 7715