Around Town: October 2018
Here's Francesca Nicol with a round up of the good food openings to cross The 'Eel's radar.
Roots to Work: The Better Food Trader
Kerry Rankine has worked at the Hackney-based social enterprise Growing Communities for over 17 years and is currently the Dagenham Farm and Farmers’ Market co-ordinator. This involves overseeing the long-established Growing Communities’ Farmers Market as well as their Dagenham Farm, which was set up six years ago and produces four tonnes of food annually sold through their box scheme and to residents and restaurants.
The Eel goes to...Oxford
With a long history of discussion around the politics of food from the Food Climate Research Network at the University, the annual Food Symposium and, of course, the Oxford Farming Conference and its rebellious sister down the road, the Oxford Real Farming Conference, it’s no wonder the city’s food scene has some pretty exciting, sustainable features, says Fran Bernhardt.
In today’s world of high-tech food production, constant availability and overwhelming consumer choice, a counterculture of interest in wild, seasonal and hyperlocal food has arisen. Is it just a fad, or does it reflect something deeper? Kester Muller delves into the idiosyncratic world of foraging – a new theme for this year’s Urban Food Fortnight - to find out.
What the hell is foodtech and what’s so great about it?
It seems a wave of innovation is coming in food, propelled mainly by web technology and by companies intent on ‘disruption’, says Kester Muller.