Chefs, local food producers and campaigns like Real Junk Food Project, Adopt a Chef and Love Food Hate Waste come together to champion food education.
Wirral’s Farm Feast festival, held on 13th and 14th June 2015, unveils its food programme with a celebration of locally sourced, homegrown food producers, celebrity chefs that advocate using the freshest ingredients in an innovative way and food champions who teach about the importance of having a closer relationship and understanding of where our food comes from, how to grow it and how to cook it; from farm to fork. Farm Feast also unveils a new programme for 2016, Schools’ Farm Feast, a one day prelude to next year’s festival where young people will create their own food, drink and music festival.
Good food, knowing where our food comes from, understanding how to prepare it and cook it, not only makes us healthier but also happier: This year Farm Feast is about how we can develop a culture of homegrown food everywhere.
Chef and baker John Whaite, C Beebies Katy Ashworth, Mowgli’s Nisha Katona, Liverpool-born Michelin starred Matt Worsick, Executive Chef at The Lawns, Thornton Hall Hotel, Chef Luke Thomas and Moyo from Nova in Heswall complete the programme at the Chef’s Theatre and Little Feasters, sharing tips, cooking techniques and an insight into their own food habits.
Farm Feast welcomes ‘Chefs Adopt a School’ to the festival, a national charity aiming to tackle specific health inequalities, like obesity, and a lack of knowledge about food and healthy eating. Teaching children in a holistic way, about food, cookery, food provenance, food growing, healthy eating, hygiene and the importance of eating together, professional chefs visit classrooms to talk directly to young people. Love Food Hate Waste is sponsoring the festival.
At the Good Life Marquee food and drink producers will share their stories and food growing tips as production, from attracting bees and making honey to butchery, cheesemaking and local whiskey making. Meanwhile food producers from Knutsford’s Bexton Cheese, Snowdonia Cheese, The Chocolate Cellar to The Fresh Lemonade Company, Cheshire Farm Ice Cream, Adam & Russell and Corks Out will join hundreds of others in showcasing and selling their produce.
Andrew Pimbley is the Festival Director of Farm Feast, “Food and drink is at the heart of everything we do at Claremont Farm. We believe passionately that if we empower people to learn about their food, what’s being grown on their doorstep and local producers we can create not only a healthier community but one that’s built on a sustainable economy. At Farm Feast we want people to have a great time, taste a few tidbits from local producers they might not have met before and perhaps see and hear from chefs they admire. But we also want people to go away thinking that eating homegrown and locally sourced food isn’t out of reach”.
For the full programme at the Chef’s Theatre, Good Life Marquee, Little Feasters, Sheep Show go to www.farmfeast.co.uk