Saturday, 19 September 2009

More about competitions at the Fat of the Land

I've been making the certificates today for the winners of our competitions. They look great!

You'd better get baking and making if you'd like to be in with a chance of winning one of them. I should warn you at this stage that I have made some extremely delicious Pear and Ginger Chutney that I shall be entering, if it remains uneaten for that long.

Here's a reminder of the categories:

Best Jam
Best Chutney
Best Decorated Cupcakes
Best Cake (Fancy)
Best Cake (Teatime)
Best Vegetable Monster (Junior) – aged 12 and under
Best Vegetable Monster (Senior) – aged 12 and over

Please bring your creations with you on the day for judging. Winners will be announced about 5-ish. We are leaving the definitions of categories up to you, and you are free to use any recipe you choose.

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

Lady Morris dancers will be in the house at The Fat of the Land

Say hello to your new friends at The Blackhorse and Standard Women’s North West Morris, they've been dancing for nearly 30 years, and they're going to be making a special appearance at The Fat of the Land. Thrills!

The Blackhorse and Standard Morris do a kind of traditional English dance which originated with north west mill workers in the 19th century. They wear distinctive outfits, including the clogs that working people wore back then, and accessories that reflect what was to hand at the time, like garlands, bobbins and sticks. The Blackhorse and Standard perform a mixture of old and new dances, with names like Beauknot, Grenocide and Walthamstow Market. Have a look at their Flickr stream for photographs.

Make sure you don't miss them on 3 October!

Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Vegetable monsters

What Will the Harvest Be? is a beautiful community garden in E15. They've been growing a mass of vegetables all summer and on Saturday they held a Harvest Festival which involved harvesting, cooking and eating some of what they'd grown. Lovely!

There was also an impressive selection of vegetable monsters on display. Watch and learn, Harvest folk. Details of how to enter your own vegetable monsters to our competition will be posted shortly.