14th to 21st September 2013

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For the second year running, join us to celebrate organic food, farmers, nature, weather and the harvest with our annual Better Food Festival.

We’ve organised a week of fantastic events, designed to link our customers to the source of the food we sell, to speak on behalf of our food producers and raise a bit of money for Avon Wildlife Trust’s Feed Bristol project to boot.

So if you fancy a day trip visiting our local farmers, or a bit of fun at our quiz night, read on …

fr_farmDown on the Farm Day

Saturday 14th September
Coach Pick up 9.30am (Whiteladies Store), 9.50am (St Werburgh’s Store), back in time for tea (5.30pm-5.45pm)
Tickets: £7.50 adults, £5 for under 14s. Ticket includes transport and BBQ lunch (kindly sponsored by Triodos Bank)

Tickets: https://betterfoodfest-farmday.eventbrite.co.uk/

In sharp contrast to recent scandals in conventional farming, we’re so proud of ours, we want to take you out to meet them. So come and meet our fabulous farmers, who get up early each morning, take in deep breaths of good clean Somerset air, get their wellies on and get out there and FARM … The tour includes:

The Severn Project - watering the cropsSevern Project, Temple Meads
The Severn Project was formed in 2010 by visionary Steve Glover as a way of helping, in very practical terms, people coming out of drug and alcohol treatment programmes. It’s a win-win operation, offering social reintegration though training and employment to its workers, and excellent produce to a growing band of retail and restaurant customers, currently 450kg worth a week – that’s a lot of leaf!

yeo valley landscapeYeo Valley, Blagdon
Yeo Valley’s Garth Clark takes us on a trip to the hippest farm in the country (remember that rap?) We know and love their yogurts, butter, cream and milk, so come and meet the cows that make it. They are super-healthy, grazing close to Blagdon Lake in beautiful surroundings.

story chickensThe Story Group, Wrington Vale Farm
Including BBQ lunch kindly sponsored by Triodos Bank
Meet Bill and Emma Yeats, poultry and pig farmers at The Story Group of organic farms. We’ll be shown around the pigs and poultry, and meet the Christmas turkey fledglings. We’re very proud of their exemplary farming methods, and of their high animal welfare standards.

the community farm pigsThe Community Farm, Chew Magna
Including cooking demo with Josh Eggleton
We’re delighted to have been invited to join the Community Farm on their open day. The highlight of the day is a cooking demo by Michelin star chef Josh Eggleton from The Pony in Trap, Chew Magna, using fresh farm produce. See the wonderful farm and its increased facilities including the educational yurt and gardens. The farm is producing over £4,000 of produce a week, supplying over 30 restaurant and retail customers and around 500 box customers, with additional produce from local growers and national distributers.

fr_cmnThe Facts About Organic – CNM Nutrition Talk

Wednesday 18th September
St Werburgh’s café, 5.30-6.30pm

FREE, but you can reserve tickets: https://betterfoodfest-nutrition.eventbrite.co.uk/

Maria Bez talks about organic food, and the hidden dangers of modern foods

Maria Bez, Bath-based Nutritional Therapist and graduate of the College of Naturopathic Medicine, loves good, healthy and organic food. It was central to her Italian upbringing.

Her own health has benefitted from changes in her diet, and she’s here to talk about why she thinks organic is best.

fr_panelFood Credentials:
discover the truth behind the symbols

Thursday 19th September
St Werburgh’s café, from 6.30pm
FREE, with donations to Avon Wildlife Trust who run the Feed Bristol Project

Reserve tickets: https://betterfoodfest-foodcred.eventbrite.co.uk/

Wine/beer and light suppers available, showcasing our new Autumn menu
Red Tractor, Freedom Foods, Free Range, Fair Trade – do you trust food labeling marks and terminology and what do they mean to you and the choices you make when you’re shopping?

A stellar panel of those in the know, including Xanthe Clay (Telegraph food writer), Jenny Foster (Bristol and South West Fairtrade Co-ordinator), Rob George (Soil Association Technical Manager) and Steve Glover (The Severn Project) discuss the perception and reality of food accreditation, what’s really happening down on the farm to wildlife and biodiversity, why it matters, and how all this filters through to shoppers.

(We’re also inviting a special audience of interested parties)

fr_quizBetter Food Festival Pub-Style Quiz

Friday 20th September,
St Werburgh’s café, from 7pm
Suggested donation of £5 per team for Avon Wildlife Trust’s Feed Bristol campaign

Reserve tickets: https://betterfoodfest-quiz.eventbrite.co.uk/

Wine/beer and light suppers available, showcasing our new Autumn menu

Bring friends! Bring Family – Suitable for all ages!

Hosted by Peter Clifford, marvelous magician and quietly charismatic compere.

What’s cullen skink and how old is the oldest carp? Sort yourselves into teams, think up a silly name and pit your wits against other environmentally-savvy folk in our pub-quiz style evening of fun and fund raising. Team sizes are a maximum of 6 people.

The winning team gets a £25 Better Food Voucher

fr_producersMeet the Producer Day

Saturday 21st September
Free, throughout the day in both stores
Our busy band of local producers take a day off and come to meet their public … Details to be confirmed, but we’ll have bread, booze, veg and dips, and lots more besides. We’ll also have The Story Group of organic beef farmers outside our Whiteladies Road store with a BBQ.

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