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Incredible Edible at Yorkshire Sustainability Festival

By Incredible Edible

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This week, Incredible Edible partnered with Yorkshire Sustainability Festival to celebrate the power of community growing, showcase what’s possible, and talk about how Leeds, and Yorkshire more widely might boost sustainability through growing. In this guest-blog, Dan Robinson from Incredible Edible Leeds tells us more about the event:

We were delighted to work with the fabulous team at Yorkshire Sustainability Festival, to help ‘green’ City Square in Leeds. It was the first time that the space had been used for a large event since it was pedestrianised by Leeds City Council and what a welcome people received when they first came out of the train station on the first day of the festival.

Whilst Incredible Edible was the community partner of the festival, it was the Incredible Edible Leeds groups themselves – from communities across the city – who had spent the past few weeks and months, growing herbs, fruit and vegetables in buckets to show people where their food comes from and chat about the whole Incredible Edible movement, including the Right to Grow.

Visitors to the festival, and the wider public, were greeted with tomato plants and other produce such as lettuce, chard, courgette, spinach, kale, squash, sweetcorn, pea and beans. Not only that, but our friends at Season Well, did three fabulous cookery demonstrations across the day, using the produce that had been provided from across Leeds, to make a frittata, vegetable risotto and banana pancakes with a fruit compote.

It was a treat to chat with the public, encourage people to try the veg and watch as people were amazed at how much tastier it was based on the equivalent they would normally have bought from a shop. I personally spoke with many people who on that day, had tried pea shoots for the first time, or rocket, or chard!

On the second day of the festival, our volunteers moved inside and spent time chatting with conference delegates and discussing ways in which we could all create kinder, confident and connected communities.

A massive thank you to the hard-working Yorkshire Sustainability Festival team for inviting us along and making us feel so welcome.