local food columnI’m looking forward to 2020 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 25th January 2020 from 11am – 3pm at the Friends Meeting House, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster. Over 20 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. A number of talks are also planned for the day, including Rod Everett of Backsbottom Farm discussing ‘what is resilient food’? The World Food Cafe (part of the City of Sanctuary network), will 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.

Vegan feasts will run on the last Friday of each month at Lancaster’s Friends Meeting House- a great opportunity to try out and get inspired by an array of tasty plant based dishes!

Spud club will continue running work days every Friday and Sunday. These are open to everyone- whether you are a keen gardener or have never planted a seed in your life. Its a great opportunity to meet new people whilst learning how to grow your own food.

LESS’s seasonal markets will return again in 2020: a Midsummer Market will be held in June, a Harvest Market in September and a Midwinter market in December. 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 see the return of the Lost Art of Living Health Festival (18th- 20th September), with a range of health and wellbeing events and activities. As part of this festival we are planning a number of foodie events.

Transition’s harvest meal will also return on 3rd October at the Friends Meeting House. This event brings together local growers over a locally grown and cooked pot luck meal.

FoodFutures will continue to meet regularly to oversee its work in making sustainable and fair food available to all in Lancaster District – through developing and delivering a joined-up local food strategy. 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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