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Cultivate Urban Food Growing Festival

cultivate‘Cultivate’ will be Waltham Forest Council’s first urban food growing festival, aiming to turn Waltham Forest into the garden of London.

The 9-day event will kick off with a one day conference where established and new local food growers will come together to talk about how to help put in place initiatives for sustainable food growing in the borough.

The conference will also include activities, stalls and information showing the whole food cycle. It will aim to establish a Waltham Forest Food Co-operative, create new community food growing plots and spaces, and promote food growing for personal use and sale.

“We want to make the most of all the opportunities there are in the borough to grow food and encourage local people to get involved,” explained Councillor Clyde Loakes, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment for Waltham Forest Council.

“The week that will follow the conference will see a programme of events that will demonstrate the broad range of approaches to urban food growing,” said Cllr Loakes.

“We want to ensure there is something on offer for everyone working in the food sector, from community projects to local businesses and interested residents. We’re also keen to see practical workshops and demonstrations take place and to organise cycle and walking tours and a food fair market place.”

“At the moment we are looking for expressions of interest to participate in Cultivate. We want to showcase all that is already on offer in the borough, support new initiatives and highlight established networks.”

Waltham Forest Council is also interested in people and organisations that provide teaching and training on growing your own food and want to create a forum for further collaboration and projects.

Anyone with proposals for workshops, talks, demonstrations, dinners, walks or anything else that celebrates local food growing initiatives should submit an expression of interest to by 7 February.

Cultivate Urban Food Growing Festival Waltham Forest, 21-30 March 2014

North Norfolk Food & Drink Festival

north norfolk food festivalFrom traditional Cromer crabs, samphire grown in the marshes, Brancaster oysters, local game and Morston mussels, North Norfolk is renowned for food and drink that is grown, reared and caught in the county.

The North Norfolk Food & Drink Festival between 31 August and 1 September 2013 at Holkham Hall is a celebration of all that is best about North Norfolk food and includes 60 of its finest food and drink producers. Cookery demonstrations and children’s activities including cup cake decorating and face painting will keep the whole family entertained.

The Red Lion at Cromer was recently awarded 4-star inn status and received a Dining Award from the AA. The Red Lion is over two hundred years old, retaining many of its original features and offers sublime Norfolk food in its restaurant, including Norfolk sausages, venison and Cromer Crabs. It’s also got sublime sea views and rooms; perfect after an indulgent meal in the restaurant.

Another local gastronomic gem is the Dales Country House hotel and restaurant; a 2 AA rosetted restaurant in Sheringham. Named after the local lords of the manor who frequented the Dales in its heyday, chefs at its Upchers restaurant make their own bread and are renowned for their home-made biscuits served with coffee or afternoon tea. Before an A La Carte meal, with specialities including cannon of local lamb and 28-day matured fillet of beef, relax in the comfortable Kings Bar with a selection of fine wines and local ales.

The Banningham Crown is a traditional 17th Century pub and restaurant which serves pub food at its finest and includes a special menu for children. With a sheltered garden and patio for summer and log fires in winter it’s an ideal setting any time of the year. Want to sample local food and ales? Head down to the pub’s Norfolk Beer and Food Nights on Thursday 26th and Friday 27th September to enjoy a seasonal menu plus local ales and ciders (£21.50 per head).

For a lunchtime treat take the family to Wroxham Barns restaurant selling delicious home-cooked fare. The Haddock Chowder and Sunday lunches are not to be missed and to prove its fork to plate credentials its suppliers are listed on its website. After a light lunch or afternoon tea indulge in some shopping.

For those who love to get the day off to a good start with a full breakfast Heacham House B & B at King’s Lynn offers tea and homemade cakes on arrival and a freshly cooked breakfast which includes a variety of home-made bread and preserves, free-range rare breed bacon and award-winning local sausages.

After exploring Mannington Garden and its plants, thousands of roses, moated manor house and knot garden, enjoy its tea rooms at The Greedy Goose. Talented chef Helen Lewis provides an interesting range of homemade treats including delicious soups, tarts, cakes and biscuits, with specially made picnics and food to take away. It is open every day that the gardens are open.

Leigh Food Festival And Classic Car/Bike Display

Leigh Food Festival Taste and buy some of the best food and drink on offer from local producers. The Stallholders will include:- Alweston Jam and Chutney Empire, Bridport Pies, Bailey Ridge Garden Centre, Capreolus Fine Foods, Dorset Blue Cheese and Soup Company, Dorset Fishwife, Easy Beans, Fudges, Granny Gothard’s Icecream, James’s Cheese, Leakers Bakery, Longmeadow Organic Vegetables, Manna Kitchen, Olivesetal, Percy’s Bakery, Pinks Organics, Reads Coffee Roasters, Somerset Cider Brandy Co., White Post Gate Honey, Wylde Meadow Farm, and Yarty Cordials. A variety of interesting cars & motorbikes will be on display.

Barbecued Hamburgers & Sausages, Refreshments, Ice cream, Beer and Cider will be here! Entertainment includes children’s activities.

The proceeds will be split between The Rendezvous, Canine Partners, Yetminster Pre-school, Leigh Village Hall and St Andrew’s Church, Leigh.

This is proving to be a very successful show, and will, of course, be in our amazing Village Hall. Please spread the word to your friends and relations – it really is a day NOT to be missed.

8th Leigh Food Festival And Classic Car/Bike Display Saturday 20th July 2013 10am-4pm

£2 Adults Children under 15 Free

Shakespearean Food at the Stratford Food Festival

Seren Evans-Charrington

Seren Evans-Charrington

Food historian, Seren Evans-Charrington will be giving demonstrations of Shakespearean food on both days of the Stratford Food Festival on the 14th and 15th of September at the Stratford Racecourse.

The cookery displays in the evening on Saturday and in the morning on Sunday will include dishes quoted in Shakespeare’s plays such as Warden Pie from The Winter’s Tale and Date & Quince Pastries from Romeo & Juliet and will be conducted by Seren in full period costume.

Seren is a professional cook and enthusiastic educator on period cooking and was recently delighted to take part in filming for ITV1’s series “Country House Sunday”. She appears in four episodes and covers Frugal cooking, Victorian cooking, Georgian cooking and Victorian cleaning. She runs a business called Bubbling Stove, based in Bwych-llan, near Lampeter, which is based on a real passion for British historical food which she has researched and practiced for many years.

She said: “I particularly wanted to attend the Stratford Food Festival because of the great history of the town and the Shakespeare connection.”

Her business recently scooped a Bronze award at the annual British Pie Awards, in Melton Mowbray for her Victorian Curry Pie in the Vegetarian Pie class. Organised and Hosted by the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie Association, the awards broke all records this year as a staggering 983 pies were entered from across the UK.

She has worked in costume since 2007, portraying characters and food history from the medieval period to the1940’s. In addition to her live cookery demonstrations and television and radio appearances, Seren is also a talented food stylist. She has also collected a range of period props, moulds and antique kitchen equipment.

Historical food and the history of food have become more popular in recent years. It is increasingly visible in the media and is now being recognised by many historical locations as being a key part of the visitor experience.

Gefiltefest Jewish Food Festival

Gefiltefest Jewish Food RevivalTickets for Gefiltefest, the UK’s only Jewish food festival, are now available. The fourth annual Gefiltefest London Jewish Food Festival will be held on Sunday May 19th 2013 at Ivy House – the former home of the ballerina Anna Pavlova and now the home of the London Jewish Cultural Centre.

The Gefiltefest Jewish Food Festival will feature live cooking demonstrations, lectures, tastings, workshops and stalls. For those with a strong stomach, there will even be a discussion on whether or not locusts are Kosher and a sampling of chocolate-covered locusts.

In addition, the winners of the 2013 Jewish Food Awards will be announced at the festival. Now in its third year, more than 30,000 people are expected to cast their vote to select the best UK offerings in a range of classic categories including Best Kosher Bagels, Best Falafel, Best Kosher Restaurant and Best Cheesecake. There will be an extra Expert Panel conducting a blind tasting of nominees’ bagels and challah, with writer Michele Hanson and Clarissa Hyman.

For details about last year’s winners and to vote on this year’s nominees, visit

Initial lineup of speakers and activities at the Gefiltefest Jewish Food Festival include:

• Hester Abrams from Jewish Book Week will be talking to Costa Prizewinner Francesca Segal about food in The Innocents
• Guide Rachel Kolsky, author of Jewish London, offering a virtual food tour of London
• Food campaigner Tristram Stuart discussing food waste
• Other confirmed speakers include Nathan Abrams, Dina Brawer, Jeremy Conway, Maureen Kendler, Michael Rosenfeld, and Benji Stanley
• Rabbi Harvey Belovski will give a talk about the Kashrut of locusts – and possibly eating a few to prove his point
• Cooking demonstrations featuring renowned Jewish chefs: Alan Rosenthal, Denise Phillips, Rachel Davies, David Mendes, Fabienne Viner-Luzzato, Linda Dangoor, Marlena Spieler and Silvia Nacamulli
– Challah-baking, chocolate making, spice tasting, pickling and curing demonstrations
– Ashkenazi vs Sephardi cook-off – judged by award-winning chefs and writers Giancarlo Caldesi and Clarissa Hyman with Clive Lawton as compere
• Representatives from The Jewish Museum will be talking about the London Jewish Bakers Union and help with a challah-baking demonstration
• A kids’ strand of events will include Nic Abery of Look to Learn making chocolate portraits

Michael Leventhal, Gefiltefest founder, said:

‘Food is at the heart of the Jewish culture and Jewish chefs internationally renowned as some of the best in the world. Gefiltefest is designed to celebrate this deep heritage and explore food as a tool for community building, innovation and pleasure.”

Louise Jacobs, Chief Executive of the LJCC affirmed:

‘The LJCC is delighted to be opening our doors once again to Gefiltefest and filling every room of Ivy House with education, discussion tasting and enjoyment of Jewish food. We invite Londoners from all religions and cultures to come to celebrate the role Jewish food plays, and to experience it as the soul of Jewish life.