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Update: Tuesday, 12 May 2009

This week don't miss an evening with Geoff Tansey, winner of the Derek Cooper Award in the BBC Radio 4 Food and Farming Awards 2008. The theme of this Friday night evening is “The Future Control of Food – from Global to Local and there will be a talk and discussion about the issues raised. People are asked to bring food to share to this event which starts at 7pm at Central St School.

Next week, there is “Fruity Fun” - a smoothie and fruit kebab making session for children at the Children's Centre, Bridge Lanes. Just turn up from 3.30 till 5pm.

There will also be a Brew Your Own beer evening Thurs 21st at the Stubbing Wharf  where people can learn how to make home brewed beer using only natural ingredients. Last but not least, the last tour of Littlle Valley Brewer on Friday 22nd at 7pm.

For more information about any of these events, please ring the ATC on 01422 842121 or email

Valley Food Festival
for the month of May

Thursday, 30 April 2009
The first ever Valley Food Festival will take place throughout May in Hebden Bridge and the surrounding areas. Celebrating local food and local producers it reflects all aspects of the food chain - from Fork to Fork!!  The event boasts a huge range of activities including a Farmers Market, beer brewing lessons, plant swaps and foraging walks.
The Festival launches on Friday 1st May with a tour of Little Valley Brewery in Cragg Vale.  There will be a Farmers Market taking place in Lees Yard, Hebden Bridge selling fresh produce from the local area and farm animals will be  in the square itself, a first in a long time in Hebden Bridge!  Children are welcome to come along and have a go at feeding calves and chickens.  There are a number of other activities for children to get involved in, such as an afternoon of Fruity Fun at the Children’s Centre (Bridge Lanes) on May 20th and the much anticipated Biggest Slug Competition on the 23rd!
Local shops and eateries are getting involved by showcasing local food and creating awareness of just how much of what we eat can be sourced locally, helping to support farmers in the area as well as often being a healthier option.  Look out for posters in shop windows and food themed window displays.
Included in the festival are a great range of events for beer lovers - a tutored beer tasting is taking place at Stubbing Wharf pub as well as a lesson on how to brew your own.  A beer and Hymn singing festival is planned for the final day of the festival at St. Michaels Community Centre, Mytholmroyd.
In addition to the one off activities there are numerous other events running throughout the month such as a Composting/Wormery Exhibition, demos of ideas for gardening in a small space and a Bee-keeping Exhibition,  all at the Alternative Technology Centre, and a Sausage Trail around the town.
When you take a look at the full program you find that there really is something for everyone to get involved in and enjoy. 
Enjoy the festival!


Fri May 1st

Full tasting tour of Little Valley Brewery including 6 x ½
pts of different beers.
Little Valley Brewery Ltd, Cragg Vale.£7.50 7 pm – 9 pm
Contact the ATC to book a place.

Sat 2nd

Wild Food walk with Jesper Launder. This is a short 2 hr walk
up the canal. Meet at the marina at 11am. Free

Local Sausage and Mash dinner at the Trades Club. See
Trades Club gig guide for details.

Mon 4th

Farmers market
Lees Yard, Hebden Bridge

Farm animals in the Square – see and feed the calves, chickens etc
St George’s Square, Hebden Bridge

Fri 8th

Tutored beer tasting. Find out about the
beer you drink – tasting of the best of Yorkshire beers. Stubbing Wharf 7.30 pm £10 to include beer tastings and snacks. To book a place phone 01422 844107

Sat 9th

Helen’s plant sale
Local and native perennial plants
19 Oxford St, Hebden Bridge 10 – 2 pm

Incredible Edible Food Fair
Local food stalls. Also Annabelle the (pretend) cow for children to practice milking, model fish farm. Incredible Edible Todmorden chicken map. Also promoting what traders are already selling from the area. Todmorden Town Centre

Compost doctor
Visit the doctor for help and information on composting. Also displays and info on Lovefood/Hatewaste campaign an our new waste food collection. St Georges Square, Hebden Bridge

Love Bread – bread making day with Transition Town group. Info, demos, tastings and have a go. Central St School, Hebden Bridge 11 am – 3 pm For more information ring Lizzie on 07880740773

Sun 10th

Wild Food Walk up Luddenden Valley with Jesper Launder and learn to make a positive identification of plants. The walk will last approximately 3 hours and will be capped off with some wild food sampling and discussion on preparation. 12 pm £12 For details contact Hannah Dyson
01422 248863 or e-mail

Short tour Little Valley Brewery. £5.00 2 pm – 4 pm See details above to book a place.

Fri 15th

The Future Control of Food
– from Global to Local
Talk and discussion with Geoff Tansey, winner of the Derek Cooper Award in the BBC Radio 4 Food and Farming Awards 2008. Bring some food to share. Central St School, Hebden Bridge. 7 – 9.30 pm

Sat 16th

Food Fair for everyone with an interest in food – stalls, information, plant sale and swaps, chickens,. Your chance to meet local producers, Drinks and local food will be available. Central St School. 11 am – 4 pm

Weds 20th

Fruity Fun Smoothie and fruit kebabs (yummy) making session and ‘painting/printing with vegetables’ children’s activity. Just turn up!
Children must be accompanied. Children’s Centre, Bridge Lanes, Hebden Bridge. 3.30 until 5 pm.

Thurs 21st

Brew your own beer evening. Learn how to home brew using only natural ingredients. Stubbing Wharf pub. 7 pm. £10 Including cost of kit to take home. To book a place phone 01422 844107

Fri 22nd

Full tasting tour of Little Valley Brewery including 6 x ½ pts of different beers. 7 pm – 9 pm. See above for booking details

Sat 23rd

Big Green Weekend
Open Organic Gardens. For information, please see the Big Green Weekend website at

The Biggest Slug Competition judging at the ATC 2 pm. Slugs will be measured by length and must be taken away at the end of the competition! Please contact the ATC for more details and an entry form.

Sun 31st

Beer and hymn singing festival with a Jacob’s Join Lunch (Bring and Share) and finishing with beer and Hymns at 2.00 pm. St Michaels Community centre, Mytholmroyd. Begin at 12.30 pm.

See also: Alternative Technology Website

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