Sunday, 17 July 2011
Penarth Food Festival
This was followed by a lamb burger from Glam Lamb, with the addition of their own minted mayonnaise (for sale in jars). They only had small brown rolls, so a large burger was manoeuvred into the two rolls. I am not complained though, as both the lamb and the bread were excellent. Glam Lamb are John and Fiona Davies of Wern Fawr Farm, near Cowbridge, in the Vale of Glamorgan.
The peddle-powered smoothie-maker was a hit with the kids. There were vegetables for sale from local gardens, while rival box vegetable schemes were keen to sign up customers. Other stalls included Brutons Bakery, Cogan Hall Farm, Edible Landscapes, Foxy’s Deli, Herbs in Wales and the Pierhead Café (selling ice creams). Nature’s Little Helpers were demonstrating how a bee hive is put together. There were also art and craft stalls within Kymin House.
I bought a Rye and Caraway loaf from the Lonely Planet co-op’s bakery stall and, before I left, a summer Vegetable Curry with Cumin Bread and a Beetroot leaf crème fraiche salad from The Parsnipship.
This is a great location for a festival: looking down toward Penarth Pier and the Esplanade. Maybe some live music next year?
GPG are inspired in part by The Transition Movement, whose aims are set out in Rob Hopkins’ The Transition Handbook, and communities such as Totnes, where measures to make the transition to greater self-reliance have already been put in place. This is seen as an essential step in the years to come, to counter the challenges of peak oil supplies and global climate change.
Rob Hopkin (2008) ‘The Transition Handbook: From Oil Dependency to Local Resilience’. Green Books, Totnes.