Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Fruity Festival in Hebden Bridge

Following the success of ‘Seedy Saturday’in May, Calder Food Hub and the John Fawcett Centre have jointly organised Hebden Bridge’s first ‘Fruity Festival’. The event, which takes place between 11am - 4pm on Saturday the 9th October at the Hope Baptist Church, is a celebration of food and the abundance of our local produce.

Cookery demonstrations using locally and seasonally sourced produce, with Moyles’ head chef Mark Brankin, will take place during the afternoon. Local Herbalist Sue Goodwin will also be showing us how to make simple herbal remedies from plants found in the valley.

Kath Baker from Calder Food Hub comments: ‘We are repeating the seed and plant swap, which was a great success in April. Visitors can split those unruly plants in their garden and exchange them for something new, as well as bringing surplus seeds on the day.’

Alongside the demonstrations, a mini-cinema will be showing inspiring footage of foraging, cooking, farming and medicine making. Craft activities include smoothie making and bike powered juicing for the kids (big and small!).

Kath Baker adds: ‘We will offer a fine array of produce, including homemade preserves, cakes, fruit and vegetables and herbal remedies. The day will also be an opportunity to meet some of the people in our area who are working towards a more sustainable food future in the Calder Valley and find out how you can join in.’

If you would like to know more about the Fruity Festival, would like a stall to sell your homemade produce, or would like a platform to publicise your food related project please call CFH 01422 846540 or email calderfoodhub@ymail.com. Food and refreshments will be available on the day.