Individuals, families and businesses across the Vale of Glamorgan are being encouraged to get involved with a new virtual food festival which will take place later this month.
The inaugural Food Vale Festival will take place from 22nd March – 4th April 2021 and will include a series of virtual events designed to bring people closer to food producers and businesses in the Vale, whilst highlighting opportunities to improve the local food system, post-Covid 19.
A major aspect of the Food Vale Festival programme comprises of online cook-along events, all of which will be available for free via the Food Vale Facebook page. Richard Shaw from Cooking Together will provide a number of cookery demonstrations suitable for the whole family.
Additionally, Awesome.Wales – the Vale’s first zero-waste store – will host a takeover of the Food Vale Twitter account, sharing expertise on how to reduce waste in the home.
There will also be a virtual tour of Barry’s Community Garden, Gibby Green Fingers.
Three new films have also been created to showcase some of the sustainable food businesses in the local area; Cobbles Kitchen & Deli and Forage Farm Shop are both featured. The films will be shared across Food Vale’s social media channels throughout the festival period.
The third film will feature Cadogs Corner, a community café which uses donated FareShare food to provide wholesome meals for the café and provide cooking workshops and food parcels for vulnerable families. It was set up by parents and staff at Cadoxton Primary School to address isolation and food poverty, while offering opportunities for pupils and parents to learn new skills like cooking and food hygiene.
The festival is being organised by Food Vale, part of the Sustainable Food Places network – a partnership programme led by the Soil Association, Food Matters and Sustain: the alliance for better food and farming.
Food Vale aims to help to build a more sustainable local food system and improve the access, affordability and availability of good food across the Vale of Glamorgan.
You can share your individual experiences of the Food Vale Festival and promote your attendance using the hashtags #FoodValeFest and #GwylBwydYFro.