Food Festival 2019 detail

11th May 2019

Talks In the Bailey Room

@ The Llanidloes Community Centre

10.15-10.45   Scott Bennett              Climate Resilience & Food Security

11- 11.30       Katie Hastings          Seed Sovereignty

Katie Hastings is the Wales Coordinator for the UK Seed Sovereignty Programme, which is working to increase the amount of ecologically produced & open pollinated seed in the UK. Without a diverse and resilient seed system we cannot grow the food we need to feed our future. Katie will talk about where our seed comes from and the work being done to address huge losses of crop diversity in recent years. She will talk about resurrecting old Welsh oats and the practicalities of saving vegetable seeds.  ‘It all starts with the seed’.

11.45- 12.30  Jane Powell & Corinne Castle                                                         

                       Food Manifesto Wales/Uniting People through “Food Values”

Jane Powell is an education consultant and freelance writer based near Aberystwyth. She is Wales coordinator for LEAF Education, which connects schools with farming and the countryside, and a volunteer coordinator of Penglais Community Garden at the University. Since 2015 she has been a volunteer coordinator of the Wales Food Manifesto (, which aims to bring the whole food system together on the basis of shared values, recognising food as the source of life, not just a commodity. She writes at

1.15-1.45       Anne Parry          Traditional milling techniques & local grain growing

Andrew and Anne Parry have restored and run Felin Ganol a working, water-powered corn mill in Llanrhystud. Their vision was always to operate the mill in a traditional way, sourcing grain as locally as possible and serving the local community. Being able to mill small batches of a whole range of different grains and then really appreciate the wonderful variations in taste and performance of the unique flours is one of the great advantages of traditional milling. However, despite the work of many enthusiastic individuals it was clear the infrastructure needed to redevelop a truly local grain economy had been lost.  Anne was inspired by the growing regional grain movements in the USA and Europe and was certain something similar could be achieved in Wales and, with contacts with growers, bakers, millers and in agricultural research, Felin Ganol seemed ideally placed to initiate such a project. Working together over the last six years a group of growers, bakers, millers, maltsters, brewers, thatchers, researchers and friends from across the principality have established the Welsh Grain Forum, a community which recognises and promotes the economic, environmental, nutritional and cultural benefits of developing a thriving national grain economy.

2-2.30pm       Gerald Miles         Welsh Farming & Environmental Activism

Gerald is a Welsh farmer who chose to diversify from mainstream commercial agriculture, instead establishing a community Supported Agricultural system (CSA) on his farm in Pembrokeshire. He will be talking about his experience as an activist in accomplishing in eradicating GM crops from Wales to present day taking Roundup off the shelf costing Bayer 60millions in share values with 9,000 cases against Monsanto awaiting trial. We all could play a part to remove it from supermarkets as our government will not act to protect us!

2.45-3.15       Penny Foreman  “Lost Gold – Scrumping for the forgotten treasures of the British orchard.”

“Scrumping is a sensual business. The air carries a hint of the juice locked inside – sweet, a sour tang, just caught when a breeze wanders through the trees. There are few more satisfying sounds than the heavy thunk of falling apples when you “nudge” a promising looking branch. Then, naturally, there is the taste. There are as many tastes to British apples as there are days of the year – in fact, more – perhaps up to 2000 cultivars. Some are the result of tireless breeding programmes to produce commercially viable, reliable crops, whilst some are happy accidents. Don’t let this seemingly massive bounty fool you – orchards are on the wane, since the time of commercial influxes from France, New Zealand, and America during the 1970s, the British orchard has declined by over 65% and these treasures of our local trees have vanished from greengrocer shelves. This talk looks at unconventional ways to record, preserve, and enjoy the bounty of apples trees – as community projects.”

Penelope is a former teacher, storyteller, folklore magpie, landscape poet, and industrial heritage enthusiast. Her roots are in Wales and Yorkshire, and the rich artistic and cultural heritage of both these wild, working, wind-and-rainswept landscapes. With almost a decade’s experience in teaching, specialising in challenging behaviours and working in areas classed as deprived, she is a passionate proponent of creative arts, outdoors, and hands-on learning. She is a community archaeologist with the Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust, Welshpool.

3.30- 4pm      Pamela Mason         Sustainability and Nutrition

Pamela Mason is a public health nutritionist, gaining an MSc and PhD in nutrition from King’s College London after which she worked in training healthcare professionals in nutrition and in writing.  Ten years ago she completed a Masters Degree in food policy at City University in London. She has a special interest in plant based sustainable diets and sustainable food systems and in the impact diet has on health and the environment. She has written four food and nutrition-related books, including most recently a book entitled ‘Sustainable Diets. How Ecological Nutrition Can Transform Consumption and the Food System’ which she co-authored with Professor Tim Lang from City University Sustainable Diets was shortlisted for a Guild of Food Writers book award in 2018. Pamela works with the British Dietetic Association (BDA) on their sustainable diet policy and is on the advisory panel for Public Health Wales. With a keen interest in short food supply chains and local food, she also works with local food networks in Monmouthshire where she is based and with the well known Food Festival in Abergavenny. She chairs the newly established Abergavenny Food Forum and lectures both nationally and internationally.


Twitter: @pamela_mason

4.15pm          Film ‘In our Hands –Seeding Change ’ a Landworkers Alliance Production

Cooking Demos In the Canteen Room

@ The Llanidloes Community Centre

10.15           Great Oak Café’s fabulous Veggie Soup                   Millie Owen

Millie Owen is studying an NVQ in level 3 professional catering. Working at Great Oak Foods Café, Llanidloes, she helps make their vast selection of salads, plus serving front of house.

11.15           Quick and easy, tasty vegetarian curry                    Jake Berriman

12.15           Traditional Syrian dishes

Saba & Mohamed Wetti

1.15             Vegan seitan sausages with a barbeque dipping sauce Oakley Edwards

2.15             Kimchi and other ferments                        Pieter  Van  Woerkom

Pieter van Woerkom (pronunciation is almost identical to Peter), is half British half Dutch. He is bookseller, with a passion for fermenting vegetables. Currently in the process of setting up a small fermentation business as a side project and hoping to sell locally in the area. He will also be doing a workshop on Monday 13th May

3.15             An authentic Dal dish                                                 Ranbir Virk 

The Dahl is soaked for 24 hours to release enzyme inhibitors in the pulses, before sautéing a selection of herbs and spices. It is very nutritious and will help circulation of the blood and cerebrospinal, synovial, lymphatic and interstitial fluids(in the cells) and qi all move in the blood .

Children’s entertainment In the main hall

Edible art activities with Terri; Face painting by Julie Ashton

Storytelling by Penelope Forman & Carol Harris

1pm & 3.30pm Penelope Forman “An apple a day lets your imagination play…”

“Apples are like time capsules – they store all the seasons inside them, and wherever they grow, people tell stories about them. These sort story sessions are suitable for all ages and will look at stories from Wales and the wider world using sounds, song, and the senses”

2pm & 3pm. Carol Harris has written a series of kids environmental story books.

 ‘Adventures of the Chickallon’

She will be reading from her second  book called ‘Adventures of the Hogball’ , due out this month.

Live music throughout the day In the main hall


Local folk musicians