June 2010


 

Invisible Food monthly walk: Create a startling dish from wild ingredients

This month we’ll be celebrating Children’s Art Day and ending up the walk at the Lambeth Country show. As we walk, we’ll gather ingredients to create a startling dish from wild ingredients

Invisible food is a project that walks through London’s green spaces to search for wild plants that are edible. On Saturday 17th July, we’ll walk from the Loughborough Estate, Brixton, SW9 to the Lambeth Country Show in Brockwell Park, SW2 where we will be hosted by Lambeth Council sustainability unit’s Green Community Champions tent. On the way, we’ll hunt for plants to cook up for our lunch.

Children are encouraged to look for blackberry, nettle, chickweed, yarrow, mallow, lime flower, fat hen. Then we draw the plants before creating an original and startling dish of our foraged food.

All children are welcome, toddlers can come for the walk, ages 5 + can actively participate in identifying, picking, drawing suitable plants and unleashing their creativity on their unique dish.

Children will practice food art and life drawing skills.
Adults without children are also welcome as usual.

Start time
11.30am at Loughborough Centre, corner of Barrington Road and Angell Road, SW9 7TP
Walk begins at 12pm. Arrive Brockwell Park at 1pm and second meet point is at the Herne Hill entrance to the park. We’ll discover plants in the park until 2pm. at 2.30pm draw plants, create our dishes and have picnic in Green Community Champions tent.

Please bring some extra food to share for the picnic.

Children must be accompanied by an adult
Wear suitable clothes and bring water, sunblock and hats on a hot day.
Route is 1.5 miles

Call 07963 446605 or mail invisiblefood@gmail.com for further info

In June we had elderflower flower fritters, chickweed pesto (the chickweed is still doing well, due to a colder, damp spell. It does tend to die back over summer months) We had the hawthorn flower syrup which we prepared in May (some people drank it neat, some people dipped their fritters in it!)

Ramya is our resident playworker who interacts with the kids and is an extra pair of hands to look out for the children’s safety and enhance their enjoyment of the whole event. Children very very welcome but must be accompanied.

Also bring tupperwares or bags for collecting things in.

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The aim of Invisible Food is to strengthen social cohesion in disadvantaged areas throughout Lambeth, and specifically in the Coldharbour ward, through engaging with the natural environment. Invisible Food walks and workshops aim to increase opportunities for local residents to contribute their environmental, botanical and culintary knowledge and experience as part of a reskilling process towards a low carbon future.

Invisible Food organises wild food walks, cooking sessions and creative workshops (including drawing, writing, mapmaking and traditional crafts) as opportunities for sharing experience and strengthening communities.

At Mint Street Summer Fair, SE1, in collaboration with Bankside Open Spaces Trust, Invisible Food will be offering herbal infusions to do mystery tastings of, followed by a Plant-Compatibility questionnaire to see what this plant can reveal for you.

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