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Hundreds take part in Ilford Transition Town team’s third food festival and share tasty recipes and food saving tips

PUBLISHED: 15:00 01 October 2018

Food festival to celebrate local food knowledge, at Cranbrook Baptist Church, Wellesley Road.
Ruth Musgrave, and Olcay Lumley.

Food festival to celebrate local food knowledge, at Cranbrook Baptist Church, Wellesley Road. Ruth Musgrave, and Olcay Lumley.

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The third annual food festival took place at the weekend and hundreds of people came along throughout the day.

Food festival to celebrate local food knowledge, at Cranbrook Baptist Church, Wellesley Road.Food festival to celebrate local food knowledge, at Cranbrook Baptist Church, Wellesley Road.

More than 200 people turned out to share tasty recipes, the best ways to grow your own food and also how to reduce food waste at the Ilford Transition Town team’s third annual festival.

The festival on Saturday (September 29) at Cranbrook Baptist Church was well attended, and the public enjoyed cakes, chutneys, soup and a whole host of home-made food.

There was also a number of tutorials on how to make the most of your food waste, and cooking workshops including how to make yoghurt from scratch and how to grow micro-greens in your own home.

Some of the most popular recipe sharing demos and tasters included how to make Kefir (a fermented milk drink that is good for your gut), energy balls, fruit and vegetable smoothies and a delicious spicy chickpea dish.

The Transition Town Team also takes part in running the Ilford Green Pop Up market, the community cafe and a food coop.

One of the organisers of the festival, and a member of the Ilford Transition Town team’s committee, Ros Southern said that everyone had a good time and came away with a wealth of food knowledge.

She said one of the most popular parts of the event was the give and take food table, where people could swap unwanted food for something else - at the end of the day one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

She said: “We had lots of people pop in throughout the day, and we are very grateful to the church and the local shops that donated food for the festival.

Food festival to celebrate local food knowledge, at Cranbrook Baptist Church, Wellesley Road.Food festival to celebrate local food knowledge, at Cranbrook Baptist Church, Wellesley Road.

“Food brings people together, and that is what the festival was about.

“We had a lot of different people from different backgrounds sharing recipes and food tips and it was a great event.

“We feel like we’ve given people a lot of information to make new things, and to grow and make their own food, and to encourage people to re-use food in innovative ways and reduce the amount of waste.”

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