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Burslem School of Art set to host Stoke-on-Trent Food Festival 2017

Stoke-on-Trent Food Festival

A one-day food festival will be coming to the Burslem School of Art from 12noon to 4.30pm on Monday 1st May.

Organised by the North Staffordshire Community Food Network, the event will be Stoke-on-Trent’s second food festival, and will encourage growing, cooking and eating good food in our communities.

Alan Christian, our Chief Operating Office and a member of the North Staffordshire Community Food Network, said: “The North Staffordshire Community Food Network is made up of groups and individual volunteers who are all passionate about food and people. We’re all working together to try to reduce food poverty and to promote good food, healthy activities and healthy eating and living.

“Since we opened Haywood Sixth Form Academy in 2015, The City Learning Trust has been working really closely with local groups in Burslem to get involved with community activities and events.

“We’re really happy to host the Food Festival at the Burslem School of Art on Monday. We have also invited some of the students from Haywood Academy to get involved, so they will be demonstrating how to make biodegradable plant pots on the day.

“As well as raising awareness of and building networks to reduce food poverty, the event is all about bringing the local community together. Food is a great way of breaking down barriers and giving people something in common to talk about.”

Partnering with Our Burslem’s May Festival, which will take place in Burslem over the bank holiday weekend, the festival will also support Staffordshire Day 2017 and will include the launch of the North Staffordshire Food Charter.

The food festival will include practical demonstrations, activities for children, food tasting, information stands and much more.

Some of the planned activities include:

  • Sowing and growing
  • Smoothie bike
  • Making biodegradable plant pots
  • Science and food
  • World food
  • Cake making
  • Cooking cheap and tasty vegetarian food
  • Art project
  • Fair trade goods
  • Photographic exhibition
  • Yuk and Yum tasting station

We will also have a Veg Box (a soap box for food lovers) – an opportunity for local people to share, in no more than 10 minutes, their recipes, their love of food or their growing ideas with visitors at the food festival.

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At Holden Lane, we are thrilled to be joining the City Learning Trust. We will relish working in formal partnership with like-minded schools, developing “leaders of learning” both within the classroom and beyond, in an environment where there is mutual respect, a shared vision and a culture of continuous improvement.

Clare Thomas

Headteacher, Holden Lane Primary School