The One Planet Festival returns to Lancaster with events running from the 16th – 31st October.
The festival aims to celebrate and share skills and knowledge about sustainable living, with this year’s festival having a woodland and sustainable food theme. The full programme of events can be viewed and downloaded at www.lessuk.org/blog. You can also pick up a programme from Lancaster Tourist Information, the Dukes Café, the Novel Café, Single Step or the Whale Tail.
Throughout this year’s festival the Growing Our Local Food Economy (GOLFE) project will be running a Local Food Treasure Hunt, amongst various other foody events. Treasure Hunt clue sheets will be available at Tourist information, from various cafés around Lancaster, and can be downloaded from www.lessuk.org/blog.
Treasure Hunt clues, once solved, will lead ‘treasure hunters’ to various local food businesses around Lancaster where letters must be ‘collected’ in order to solve a local food themed anagram. (Each business taking part will display a letter in their window or inside their shop/café from the 16th -31st October 2015).
Completed Treasure Hunt clue sheets should be sent to LESS by midnight 1st November 2015 for a chance to win a prize. Treasure Hunt prizes currently include breakfast for two, a selection of luxury teas and coffees, chocolate bars, a selection of breads and a couple of vouchers for meals.
Other food-themed One Planet Festival events include: a Vegan Feast on Friday 16th October from 18:30-21:00 at the Friends Meeting House, and a workshop entitled ‘Palm Oil: buy or boycott?’ on Saturday 17th October from 16:00-18:00 at the Friends Meeting House. Claver Hill will also be running a fruit tree planting session on Saturday 17th.
On Friday 23rd October from 14:00 onwards Fork-to- Fork will offer a tour around their young forest garden, and from the 23rd -26th October a group of Lancaster residents will be heading to Hebden Bridge for the 2015 Food Sovereignty Gathering. Lancaster Seed Library, based in Lancaster central library, are running a Seed Saving workshop on Saturday 31st October from 10:00 – 13:00, and will continue to run drop in sessions every Saturday from 10am -12pm.
A woodland market is coming to Lancaster’s market square on Friday 30th from 10:00 -16:00. The market will involve woodland-themed activities, stalls with woodland produce, storytelling in the library and demonstrations of Besom broom and Oak swill basket making. Local varieties of apple and pear trees will also be on sale.
The One Planet Festival is coordinated by LESS and is organised by a small group of volunteers. As a result the programme also includes a diverse array of films, events and talks. Find out more, visit www.lessuk.org/blog