Foraging and Friends

We were delighted to welcome friends old and new to our second meeting of 2014!

Our February meeting was the first time we have been able to welcome guests to join us and it was great to meet members from Trumpington and Cam City WI’s, along with eight brand new Belles!

Our president Joanne with special guests from Trumpington WI

The evening began with a talk from the Belles’ events officer, Jennies Debenham, who opened our eyes to the truth about food waste and sustainability. Jennie organises local event, The Liberated Feast, to ‘create awareness of global food waste and loving your leftovers’.

The next Liberated Feast will be held on Sunday 6 April at the St Paul’s Centre on Hills Road from 7.30-10.30pm. There will be a gourmet three course vegan feast created from liberated surplus food and donated local, organic and fairtrade produce for just £10 each! Click here for more info and tickets.

Making new friends

Following this we were very pleased to welcome Jon Tyler from Wild for woods who gave us a whistle-stop tour of foraging throughout the year! Humans were foraging for food until around 10,000 years ago when farming became common. With the right information we can still forage year round for all manner of foods such as leaves, berries, mushrooms and flowers. It was great to learn how much we can forage and the ways in which the food can be prepared to get the best from it, from blanching dandelion leaves to preparing tea from lime flowers to making vinegar and jellies from blackberries.

Thanks to both Jenny and Jon for raising our awareness and bringing in samples of foraged food produce including jams, sauces and jellies for us to enjoy!

Fab foraged produce

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