Two community harvest feasts took place this past weekend: one hosted by Transition City Lancaster at the Friends Meeting House, and the second hosted by Global Link at Claver Hill.
Both involved sharing meals (many made from locally grown produce), sharing stories from the growing season and singing a harvest song or two. People with similar interests were connected up during the Transition event and we learnt about different food cultures at the Global Link event.
The food was diverse in all senses: in colour, taste and texture. And amazingly no two dishes were the same; perhaps highlighting the diversity of people attending and their taste preferences?
A few drinks and dishes that stand out for me include: elder flower cordial and freshly pressed apple juice, a pumpkin curry, leek and potato soup, potato wedges and a fresh vegan basil pesto. An aubergine/ tahini dip, bonfire roasted veg and jacket potatoes, a range of autumn salads, raspberries, an apple and rhubarb cake and the range of chocolate cakes… I cant wait for next year’s festivities and food!
The next community events (involving food) take place on Saturday 9th November.
The Autumn Fiesta at Saint Thomas’s will raise awareness and funds for Lancaster based charities working with asylum seekers and refugees. The event will feature live music, hot food, cakes, craft stalls, face painting and more. Claver Hill will also be attending, selling their range of locally grown and made chutneys and jams.
Meanwhile, a community conversation will be hosted by two artists (Katie and Simon) in Lancaster’s market square from 10am -4pm under the name ‘Future Feast: The Plot’.
“Everyone is invited to ‘bring your knowledge, experience, and questions about food to the table for a day of open conversations at a roundtable of the seasons. From seasonality to food security, food-lore to the future of food production, you can add your question to the stall and spin the seasonal wheel to determine the topic of discussion!”
‘Future Feast: The Plot aims to establish a new Lancaster event that celebrates culture, research and local makers and growers of food. The seeds of the idea for Future Feast came when artists Katie Etheridge and Simon Persighetti embarked upon a day-long walking performance in Lancaster on Valentines Day this year, looking for the heart of the city. In response to some of the conversations they had with people along the way, they started thinking about how and where food production lies in relation to the heart of a city.
Discussions and discoveries from the day will feed into the creation of a new seasonal event.