With the summer festival season in full swing we're getting out and about with our British-grown pulses, grains and seeds. They're superb ingredients not just for comforting winter fare but excellent in lighter summer dishes too.
There's still 6 months to wait till the next British Dal Festival in February 2020, but Nick will be popping up with a demonstration of easy yellow pea dals at Valley Fest, the "best tasting music festival in the South West". Catch him at the Food Demo Truck at 3.30pm on Saturday.
Josiah will be part of a panel discussion on Industry Solutions to Combat the Climate Crisis at 1.30pm on the Saturday. On the Sunday we'll be teaming up with Husk & Honey at the culinary extravaganza that is the PX+ Festival for a workshop on creating a "100 Mile Granola" using our newly expanded range of flaked grains from British farms. Later on Josiah and Emma will lead a tasting of some of Britain's many delicious varieties of dried pea.
Josiah will be joining biologist, author and broadcaster Colin Tudge and Vice-President of the NFU Stuart Roberts at Byline Fest to discuss what we will be farming and eating in Britain in the face of the growing challenges of climate change, declining soil health, resource depletion and an increasing population to feed. Josiah will also be giving a talk on the story of Hodmedod and our aim to support a transition to an agroecological food system.
We'll be back with a stall and tasters at our favourite Welsh food festival in late September.
As well as our usual stall selling all our British-grown pulses, grains and seeds at our local Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival, Josiah will be teaming up with forager and cook Mark Watson to demo pea flour blinis and wild greens, on the Wild Suffolk stage at 2pm on Saturday. Look out for our ful medames and flat bread pop-up too!
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2020 was a difficult year in many ways and for many people. At the Bean Store we struggled with long hours, uncertainty and anxiety. But we were also incredibly lucky. We continued to trade and had our health where others were less fortunate, and we had time to reflect, re-group and make new plans. We’re really looking forward to 2021.