Vale First Food Festival 2013

by Admin on June 24, 2013

Transition Evesham Vale has been leading a local food campaign to promote local food in the Vale of Evesham for the past 4 years. We held our third local food festival on Sunday 23 June and it was again a huge success with crowds buying and tasting good locally sourced food.

The range and diversity of the food was amazing: local ice cream from Spot Loggins in Breforton; a giant pig roast and prize pies from Evesham’s own Outdoor Pig Company and Superb Cider from Willi Sippit Cider just to name a few.

The daylong festival celebrated the abundance, richness and diversity of local food grown in the fertile alluvial soils of the Vale. The festival is linked with the National Morris Festival held in the Vale and surrounding villages over three days. The National Morris Youth band were a special feature this year as they played to a packed audience in All Saints Church Yard. The richness of the music, the Morris costumes and the dancing brought crowds to the Town on Sunday.

Stephen Martin Chair of the organising committee commented:

Most of the local food exhibitors sold out of their food and drink which signalled how successful the festival was; several even got repeat orders from local retail and food outlets too.

Both festivals aim to celebrate the variety of food and cultural traditions of rural England and hence reinforce many of the objectives of the Transition movement. This year the Festival committee extended the local food message to a much wider audience via local hotels and restaurants adopting and featuring the idea of a “local menu” using produce from a 30 mile radius of Evesham.

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