Today has been a busy one, with a christening to attend this afternoon. Before that, however, we went to the Children’s Food Festival which was being held by the Northmoor Trust on the land they steward around the village of Long Wittenham in South Oxfordshire. This is the part of Oxfordshire where I grew up and have lived on and off for all of my 36 years. The picture above was taken today as we walked to the event, and shows the lovely landscape of South Oxfordshire – one of the reasons I like living here.
The event was great fun, with lots of practical things for Miss Fleet to do (planting things to grow, milking a (fake) cow) and lots of delicious things to sample. As always the Ladies in Pigs in particular had some delectable things to try.
Later in the morning we spotted a young lady who was wandering the fields dispensing pesto from a large receptacle on her back. The weather has felt very thundery in the last day or so and I must confess that I did wonder what would happen in the event of a thunderstorm, and whether the unfortunate promotions girl would be identifiable after the immense detonation which might result if she was struck by lightning! (Before any experts write in (perhaps, say, a passing olive oil impresario), I know this wouldn’t actually happen, but it made me giggle at the time!)
It was great to see lots of excellent British food being promoted. and also most heartening to experience an event dedicated to getting children to try food which is more out of the ordinary than they are used to.