So, as part of my new job at Scotland’s Garden Scheme, I’ve decided that I’m going to try and ‘bag’ all the gardens – with over 500 open in any one year (some opening every other year), this could take me some time but at least I’ll now have plenty of opportunity. Continue reading 101 Greenbank Crescent
The Power of Food Festival will return to Edinburgh for two days of celebration of community food growing.
One of the main attractions of moving to the hamlet of Nine Mile Burn was it’s peaceful location at the quieter end of The Pentland Hills Regional Park. We’re lucky to be part of a wonderful small community in an area of historical importance (we live along an old Roman Road) and undisputed natural beauty that is much enjoyed by ourselves and regular visitors and hill walkers seeking the tranquility that is on offer just on the outskirts of Edinburgh. Continue reading Please Help Save Our Beautiful Hills From Development
Louise has become a friend of mine this past year, since attending her book launch of The Ethical Carnivore and sharing a weekend of processing geese for Christmas on a small farm in Angus – I’m very much looking forward to this event on Wednesday. Thought it might also be of interest to other foodie writer with a concern for the environment and ethical production and consumption issues… Continue reading The New Food Writing: an evening with Caroline Eden & Louise Gray
One of my Gastronomy lecturers is working on a collaborative project between food educators, foragers, chefs, artists and producers in the Edinburgh area.
They are offering workshops and experiences from July 2017 which explore the world of food in its broadest sense in the beautiful Newton Walled Gardens at Millerhill just outside Edinburgh.
You can find out more about the project on their Facebook page here
Upcoming events include Wild Crafts: beautiful botanicals with forager and herbal medicine specialist Anna Canning , Killing Cooking, Writing – a workshop with Ethical Carnivore author Louise Gray and How and Why to Eat The Wild – explore the possibilities of using wild foods with Rupert Waites of Buck and Birch, wild-chef and co-creator of Aelder Elixir – all of which sound fantastic for those with a love of the great outdoors, food and cooking, self provisioning and home crafts.
You can find more details on their upcoming events here
Guess I may well see some of you at one of these!
The Power of Food Festival, a great celebration of community food growing, will be held in 29 gardens across Edinburgh on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 June.
2017 marks the third edition of the Festival and showcases community food growing as a way to promote greater societal well-being and environmental sustainability. The Power of Food Festival provides a unique opportunity to (re)discover the city and take the pulse of its vibrant and varied neighbourhoods.
There is a wide range of free entertainment for children and adults, including: music and singing, edible plants walk, yoga, talks & stalls about the impact of our food choices, bioblitz, bug hunt, dance performance, food-inspired poetry-making workshop, a drystone dyking course, as well as sharing in the pleasure of eating together.
Entry to the gardens and all Festival activities are free (food may be offered on a ‘pay as you feel’ basis), and all are welcome to attend.
There is a short film about the Festival which offers an insight into what the Festival is all about. You can watch it here.
The detailed programme includes maps for different parts of the city to help visitors plan their weekend’s exploration, sustainable travel information, and a schedule of timed events. The full programme is available here.
The story of The Power of Food Festival itself is a simple one. With so many inspiring food gardens springing up around the city, transforming individual lives and communities, the Festival seeks to highlight community food growing as a powerful force for social change – connecting people, building trust, doing something together that’s greater than the sum of the parts. It aims to raise awareness of the environmental and social impact of our everyday food choices. It centres around a joyful garden gate open weekend and offer an exciting programme of free events and activities at local venues. Hosted by community food gardens, the Festival is the opportunity to be inspired by positive stories of collective action. Unlike traditional food festivals, this event gives the public the chance to go on location and experience how food is grown by local residents in their own neighbourhoods.
The Festival is entirely volunteer-run and operates without any grant funding. It seeks to harness the great human potential of our city and draws on people’s energy, enthusiasm and talents. The Power of Food Festival team would like to thank all those who are working hard to make the gardens and this Festival grow from strength to strength. It is a heart-warming sign of the community empowerment the Festival aims to celebrate.
Despite being a little underwhelmed with the show last year, we got some discounted tickets and headed over to Ingliston for a quiet mooch about.
We like to go on the Sunday as they break the display stands down at 4pm and you can get some great bargains.
The weather was great, not what was expected but we were feeling a little jaded from a late night so just had a quiet mooch about which was very pleasant and not too taxing.
As usual there were lots of inspirational gems to be seen and we could’ve spent a small fortune. We were very restrained though and just came back with some plant ties and labels, a large rosemary in a lovely pot (for £5!!), a meconopsis and a couple of pretty chinensis (my love of orange and yellow extends to plants).
Here are some more pictures…