Posts Tagged ‘London Permaculture Festival’

Buddhafield Festival Bliss and BBC goes to Kew

March 24, 2015

Today I have confirmed that I’ll run a Wild Herb Foraging Walk at Buddhafield Festival, in Somerset from 16th-18th July (the day before London Permaculture Festival, in London, on Sunday 19th July!) I’m greatly looking forward to doing this offering as this festival is one that has been on my wish-list for far too many years now; recommended annually by umpteen friends and now, finally, I have found my way there through the flowers & ferns 🙂

I’m equally enjoying the plans for the Kitchen Buddy section to LPF for 19th July, where we’ll be demonstrating uncookery food art for any children present…:)

The local farmers market delivered a great offering of fresh fruit & veg from Manor Park Gardens 🙂 A delectable pear, a couple of apples, a bunch of kale, a cucumber and a bunch of their finest red radishes costs just £4.00

Raymond Blanc would have approved of my shopping this week; he’s featured on BBC 2 series Kew on a Plate, which was filmed during last year, at a time when in fact, a friend and I went to Kew Gardens for a visit but were unable to enter the little cookery demo area, since Raymond himself was in there filming! 🙂 All is forgiven, Raymond! I am in love with this series! For those who haven’t watched, it’s on iplayer now for months.

The gist is that he and Kate Humble make an entire new vegetable and fruit garden at Kew Gardens, including traditional and historical veg, to make all seasonally based recipes (by Raymond, obviously!) A French chef, cooking (& un-cooking!) with veggie dishes, in french! What’s not to love?! Fascinating footage of Kate Humble in Kew archives, exploring the origins and medicinal properties to carrots!

Tonight, he made not 1, not 2 but 3 veggie\vegan\raw friendly recipes! 🙂 All which could be adapted and also sugar-free too!   Fresh Strawberry tarts, a Barley, carrot & cumin stew and a Chocolate bean Chilli served with Brown Rice! 🙂 Meat-free and Dairy-Free! I’m now a convert!  Small sliver slices of Gooseberry on top of the cheesecake?! (Loaded with sugar & not vegan but…) how sweet! 🙂

Just the ticket for the Diabetes World Summit being held at present, in Geneva.

He uses Stevia sugar to replace standard sugar and makes a frozen berry tartlet casing! Finally a TV Chef using an alternative sweetener to sugar! 🙂

They also saw the Cacao plants at Kew, with their tiny little flower blossoms! kew ph 5 coffeesomething a bit like this – is from the same Kew Hot House… At Hampton Court, no less, they have their own Chocolate kitchen, where they made a similar sounding concoction to my own Liquid L Hot Shots! Very adult in style and often drunk for breakfast, back in the day (16th Century)

We learnt that Cacao first arrived onto UK shores in 1585 and that it was indeed blended with spices to form a thin drink. My version however, is free-from those spices I am not too keen on: aniseed & pepper!

All in all, a fab, friendly series that will no doubt send more droves towards Kew (just what it needs & what the Dr ordered), plus encouraging us to grow more and to eat more (veg) in healthier ways. Good on Raymond Blanc! Merci, Monsieur!

London Permaculture Festival 2014

May 4, 2014

It’s just a couple of months away ’til the 4th Annual London Permaculture Festival. A one day event held at Cecil Sharp House, Camden, London NW1 7AY. Once again, I’m proud to be part of the volunteer publicity team on this special event day.

There will be workshops (intro and advanced), ‘how-to’ sessions, live music, films, a stalls market and a kid’s zone. Find more information at

Tickets: £6 (waged) / £4 (unwaged) on the door

Join people from all over London and beyond to discuss, network and learn about creative solutions for a sustainable, healthy future.

This is a grassroots event, organised entirely by volunteers, if you’d like to help out with program planning, publicity or being part of the crew on the day, please contact Kayode at:

London Permaculture Festival

July 22, 2013

London Permaculture Festival 014 cakes at lpf stall cakes at stall lpf effat2 large cake at lpf stall lpf garden hollyhocksThe 4th Annual London Permaculture Festival was held on 14th July in Camden at the wonderfully old Cecil Sharp House (home to London’s folk music & dance contingent). After 9 months of planning and group action from volunteers, it began with indoor and outdoor activities. Indoors a hall-full of interesting stalls and lots of workshops held in various rooms during the day. The programme featured everything to offer beginners to permaculture (permanent-agriculture) and the transition town movement (eg Brixton, Totnes in Devon) which is the fruit\outcome from this way of life. It is a very peaceful way to relate and connect an activity to people, land and creatures, which ensures that all elements are adhered to and taken into consideration. This practice does no harm towards either 3 elements and often connects them together, for the benefit of all organisms.

Inside the main hall, along with my Kitchen Buddy stall, with Foraging walk and class information, Funky Raw magazine (they sold out) and new ginger, orange & strawberry Truffles, Raw Food directory and cakes (sent over to the main cake stall for visitors there). I displayed the cakes prettily on card stands. The cake stall comprised of a heaving tables-full of wares produced and donated by the stall holders and there was a generous mix of traditional and vegan\gluten-free fare.

Talks were held on all areas of the principles to permaculture and suited beginners and more advanced practices.

Favourite stalls included: Stir Magazine, organic strawberries, Vertical Veg, local growing projects, transition towns, Meadow Orchard and Hodmedods beans & peas, Third Estate Clothing, local crafts & growing communities, books, charities, where the wild things grow, Spiralseed (Graham Burnett), Rainforest Saver and Garden designers.

The Rainforest Saver charity has projects in tropical areas to build sustainable livelihoods with the local indiginous peoples: They were favourite for their pretty, colourful designs on T-shirts with flowers from Honduras. I bought one as I firmly believe in their principles and the couple are like lecturers from the University there. They had a great quiz to test your knowledge on effects of rainforest logging and livelihoods too.

Clothing from Third Estate in Camden is all eco and includes dresses made from wood pulp, upcycled items, organics, florals and those from local producers.

At my stall, I chatted to visitors about foraging, gardening & growing, raw chocolate, carob pod fun with my friend Andrew and met Paz, Julia and a couple of other friends from other places. We went out side for some much needed fresh air, as we’d been indoors for 7 hrs on the hottest day (it felt) so far in the heatwave.

At the end of the day, stalls packed away and seating set out for the music performance from The Formidable Vegetable Sound system. They played a great set (which I previously heard at Glastonbury and for which I was glad, as all I needed to do was sit and later to lie in the shade of a great London Plane tree, relax with my festival of life crew and have Andrew (reflexologist) massage my feet – which was a bit agonising in parts but superb over all. Highly recommended end the a day.  Effat handed us cornflowers and shared from her wild foraged huge bundle of chickweed which I am still making my way through (& keeping fresh with water in the fridge). 5hrs reco-operation under a tree was ideal and even though I forgot that mosquitos are out on balmy nights and don’t like to be sat on… I would do it again. For more music and line-up visit here

If you haven’t previously heard their music (which is likely at present) take a listen to their spoken words and watch cool videos online 🙂

4th Annual London Permaculture Festival

April 12, 2013

Following a huge hunt for a new location and venue, the original building is agreeing to host our festival (of which I am a volunteer c’tee member) on Sunday 14th July. 

The line-up is ever-growing; speakers, stalls, companies … I am having a Kitchen Buddy area to discuss wild foods and culinary classes for beginners.

To find out more and to get involved, contact us on here. Image