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Stepney City Farm preparing home-grown feasts as part of food festival

PUBLISHED: 13:08 19 September 2013 | UPDATED: 14:51 19 September 2013

George the donkey will take herbs and cocktail recipes on to the streets

George the donkey will take herbs and cocktail recipes on to the streets

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Feasts of home-grown, home-cooked food will be served up to hungry visitors, while donkeys hit the street to share cocktail recipes when a community farm celebrates Urban Food Fortnight.

Cafe manager Jassy Davis (pictured) will cook the food together with chef Joe FenertyCafe manager Jassy Davis (pictured) will cook the food together with chef Joe Fenerty

Stepney City Farm is one of numerous organisations offering residents a chance to taste local produce, cooked on the premises, as part of the two-week event led by charity, Sustrans.

On Tuesday it is holding The Edible Garden Dinner - a three-course meal made with ingredients picked on the farm - at the newly opened farm cafe. The dinner, which has now sold out, will include a tour of the site so visitors can see exactly where their supper came from.

Tickets are still available for the farm’s second foodie event, Michaelmas Feast on September 29.

The Sunday lunch will see six of its geese slaughtered and prepared by local butchers, The Ginger Pig, before being transformed into a roast dinner and potted goose, served with vegetables from the farm and accompanied by home-made cheeses and locally brewed beer.

Meanwhile the farm’s resident donkeys George and Dunstan are set to hit the streets of Tower Hamlets to give away fresh herbs and recipes for the farm’s new Stepney-themed cocktails, including the Stepney Sling.

Farm cafe manager Jassy Davis, who will prepare the feasts together with chef Joe Fenerty, said she hoped the event would show people that despite living in the middle of big city you can still enjoy locally sourced, fresh food.

“I think people often assume that in London all the food you eat has to come from further afield, but most of what we will be serving has been grown or reared on the farm,” she explained.

“This means the carbon footprint is very small and you can literally see where it comes from by taking a walk around the farm. ”

Not only is their food ethically sound, said Jassy, it tastes rather good too.

“The difference between food you buy in the supermarket and something home grown is really noticeable. I tried some of the potatoes fresh from the ground the other day and they were just amazing.”

For those who can’t make any of the events there is still a chance to taste some of the farm’s produce by visiting the farm cafe and shop which sell a variety of meat and vegetables sourced on site.

Tickets to Michaelmas Feast, which starts at 2pm, costs £37.50. To book or for more information call 020 7790 8204 or email info@stepneycityfarm.org.


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