Organic Food Festival
September 12–13, 2009
Photography by Jason Lowe & Kristen Loken
Just three months before the event date, wheels were in motion to cancel the Organic Food Festival due to the new economic reality of 2009. The Director of the Soil Association, Patrick Holden, called upon Seedling Projects Executive Director Sarah Weiner to lend a hand, and Dominic Phillips Event Marketing agreed to take on the financial risk for the Festival. Together, they assembled a staff of nine, including Seedling Projects U.K. Projects Director Aine Morris, to produce the event in a record three months. The team also organized a party for the 300 producers who took part, complete with slow-roasted whole lamb, foraged damson jelly, sloe gin slingers, wheels of Hafod and Stitchelton milk cheeses, and 600 cupcakes—all organic!
The Organic Food Festival is Europe’s largest showcase of all things organic, organized in partnership with the Soil Association, England’s leading charity working in the sustainable food movement with HRH Prince Charles as its patron. Now in its ninth successful year, the outdoor Festival takes place on Bristol’s beautiful waterfront, with hundreds of organic producers creating a lively market, complemented by live music, great food, and cooking demonstrations. The festival demonstrates the growth of the organic movement and the increased recognition of the role organic production can play in creating a sustainable future.