local food columnI’m looking forward to 2019 and the work we will be undertaking locally to grow Lancaster’s sustainable food culture. Plus, there are already lots of events planned!

The first foodie event of the year is Transition City Lancaster’s Potato Day on Saturday 26th January 2019 from 11am – 3pm at the Friends Meeting House, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster. 30 different organic seed potatoes will be on sale, a seed swap will be run (so bring seeds to swap!), there will be a variety of stalls selling foodie stuff, and woodland craft and ‘fixing activities’ are planned. The World Food Cafe (part of the City of Sanctuary network), will also be running a café as part of this community event. They will cook up a number of global dishes – inspired by their chefs- using local produce.

On Sunday 24th February 2019 from 11:00 – 12:30 a fruit bush pruning and propagation workshop will be run at Claver Hill community food project. This will be followed by an afternoon apple and pear tree grafting session from 13:30-15:00. Everyone is welcome to attend – just let Transition know if you plan on attending one or both sessions by emailing clayton.anna03@gmail.com

Vegan feasts will run on the last friday of each month at Lancaster’s Friends Meeting House.

Spud club will continue running work days every Friday and Sunday and an organic food growing course is currently being developed by LESS for 2019 as part of the FarmStart project (More information coming soon).

LESS will be running a couple of seasonal markets during 2019: a Midsummer Market in June and a Harvest Market in October. Each market aims to celebrate our surrounding environment and the diversity of produce the different seasons bring. The markets showcase local food and crafts, local community initiatives and will bring small local producers into the heart of our city.

September will hopefully see the return of the Lost Art of Living Festival to Lancaster with a range of health and wellbeing events and activities. As part of this festival we are planning a number of foodie events, including the return of Transition’s harvest meal (following the success of last year’s).

Sustainable Food City Lancaster will also continue to meet regularly to oversee its work in making sustainable and fair food available to all – through developing and overseeing the delivery of an action plan. This cross-sector food group is made up of local public agencies, businesses, academics and NGOs committed to working together to make healthy and sustainable food a defining characteristic of Lancaster District.

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