August 24, 2011
Tasty local tucker
Four years ago a small group of Fifers had the idea that for one year, they would only eat food produced within the region of Fife. The Fife Diet has since become a totem for the fast growing local food movement and are the inspiration behind Blasda – Scotland’s local food feast. So if you’re feeling peckish on 10th September and want to taste what grows nearby, check out your local Blasda
Four years ago a small group of Fifers had the idea that for one year, they would only eat food produced within the region of Fife. The Fife Diet has since become a totem for the fast growing local food movement and are the inspiration behind Blasda – Scotland’s local food feast. So if you’re feeling peckish on 10th September and want to taste what grows nearby, check out your local Blasda…more
What is Blasda? We are Scotland’s local food feast. Blasda is gaelic for tasty, delicious, appetising, sweet. From blas (“taste, flavour”). As in “That vindaloo’s blasda!” Blasda is the chance for the local food movement across Scotland to come together and celebrate our growing strength.
All across the country in multiple different locations groups are hosting ‘local food feasts’ to celebrate regional food variation and culture. Most of the events are happening on September 10th 2011, with a big event as part of the Glasgow Harvest celebration on that day.
But we have events planned right across the country. Groups are holding ceilidhs, vegetarian feasts, potluck picnics, talks, food-films and soup kitchens. These are a jumble of size and shape, but the main idea is to get a sense of our collective networked effort.
From East Kilbride to Uist, from Toryglen to Skye, from Moffat to the Black Isle groups are joining up to host great food experiences. Some are pioneering aquaponics, or specialising in veggie food, there’s a primary school kitchen garden in Dundee and innovation in heating polytunnels with dung-heaps. We have universities, community-owned forests and urban gardens involved…all are part of the growing movement to try and create a better food system, one that connects with nature, values taste over uniformity and feeds the economy of a community instead of ripping it off.
How Can I Join in?
To join all you need to do is get in touch with us via firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com and register your interest. You can call us on 01592 871 371. We’ll send you a Blasda Events Toolkit and a download link to create your own event posters.
Blasda is part of the Nourish Food Network and is a project of the Fife Diet. We are delighted to be supported by the Community Action and Support Programme (CASP), which is the part of the Climate Challenge Fund. Blasda is part of Scotland’s Food & Drink Fortnight.
You can follow us on Twitter @BlasdaFoodFeast and I’m sure we’ll get round to setting up a Facebook thingy very soon.