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Saturday 21 October 2017

I've been stuffing myself all week ... but made sure to stay clear of Pestaurant

I've had an amazing week at the National Ploughing Championships.

There's so much to do here from music to amazing food - and even teeth-whitening stands, so it's easy to get caught up in the magic of the whole event.

People call it the Electric Picnic for farmers and I guess it is because you don your wellies and your rain jacket and there's so much to do that you could go down and not see any of the ploughing.

I'm a country girl but I'm not from a farming background and you don't need to be because there's so much happening here.

The Aldi tent, or the Tajmah-Aldi as it has been nicknamed, has been absolutely spectacular. I've been presenting here. We had a living wall that's been growing for three months with lots of lettuces and herbs.

Crowds have been entertained with music from Sharon Shannon and comedy from Jon Kenny as well as cooking demonstrations.

My highlight of the week was definitely the national bread baking competition.

It was brilliant to celebrate these women and get them up on stage showing people their skills and everyone has loved it.

I was watching how one of the finalists was kneading her dough, she was doing it in the real old style way and it reminded me of how my mother used to bake bread.

I tasted a little bit afterwards and it even tasted like my mother's. I wouldn't call myself a culinary goddess but my cooking skills are pretty good.

I'm not a great baker but I'm loving the resurgence of people's love of baking and cooking shows.

People love to see the professionals cooking on stage so that they can learn new tricks.

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I didn't eat any of the Rentokil insects, like crickets or locusts at the Pestaurant but I have been stuffing myself full of the lovely food and drink at the Aldi marquee all week.

We've had record numbers at the Ploughing Championships this year and we had almost 100,000 people in the Aldi marquee on Wednesday.

A few celebrities who popped in to visit us were 2fm presenter Nicky Byrne (inset), Leinster rugby star Sean O'Brien, GAA legend Marty Morrissey, Brian Ormond and Eoghan McDermott.

Sean and Marty even enjoyed a steak together.

It's been a brilliant few days and I can't wait until next year.

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