‘Plant to Plate’ at Leeds Castle (20-21/09/08)

It was hard to believe that two weeks after the Family Fun weekend, when rain, wind and cold were on the agenda, that the weather could be so warm, sunny and summer-like for the ‘Plant to Plate’ weekend. There was a lovely atmosphere and everyone appeared to be enjoying themselves. The food stalls were set up around an arena, the centre of which was taken up by a huge map of the world. The children were given various (plastic) fruits, which they had to place on the country of origin. The gardeners had put on a fantastic display of their own Leeds Castle produce and there were plenty of fresh carrots, pumpkins, marrows, celery and sweet corn on sale – all with zero food miles. The Leeds Castle chefs gave cooking hints in the demonstration marquee as well as cooking a hog roast and burgers, which were eagerly snapped up by hungry visitors. A children’s activity marquee had a display of herbs, which I had organized, including one that most people had not previously known. Stevia is very sweet and can replace sugar in, for example, a bowl of fresh soft fruit. The children were also able to colour in pictures of various fruits and vegetables.

Robbie Robertson & The Red Road Ensemble – Vanishing Breed