The EDP Wedding Show: farming family serve home-made ice cream

The Eastern Daily Press Wedding Show comes to Dunston Hall this Sunday for its 12th event, covering all aspects for brides-to-be to plan their big day.

Into its sixth year at the hotel, there will be 98 exhibitors attending the one-day-event – the most ever seen at the venue just south of Norwich off the A140 Ipswich Road.

As part of our daily profiling of exhibitors at the show, today we speak to 28-year-old farmer's daughter Caroline Clarke, who serves home-made ice cream to wedding guests from her quaint, but authentic, ice cream van.

Miss Clarke's dairy farmer father, Andrew Clarke, decided to go back to cows after he dispersed his long-established dairy herd in 2000, when milk prices plunged.

Miss Clarke said her father missed the cows during this time, and in 2007 Caroline's Magical Ice Cream Machine was born at Manor Farm, Wattlefield, near Wymondham,

Former Wymondham College student, Miss Clarke said the idea came about as a way of making more money from the 70 cows now on their family farm.

She said: 'Dad milks the cows and brings it over to Mum [Judy Clarke] and me.

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'We then pasteurise it, put it into the freezer and add the flavours.'

Flavours range from the normal strawberry, chocolate and vanilla, to a traditional black treacle. The magical machine does outdoor catering for weddings, serving a range of ice creams to guests, prepaid, as snacks, or as dessert.

Miss Clarke drives to the venue with classic ice cream-van music playing, dressed in-keeping with the theme of the wedding, and serves guests for up to three hours.

Initially she meets with the couples at the farm to get to know what they want from their ice cream, she said: 'I want to make sure their day is going to be perfect'.

Caroline's Magical Ice Cream Machine will be outside the show, which runs from 11am-4pm on September 23. Entry is free.

Don't forget Your Wedding Guide, the free 32-page magazine in today's paper.