Producers of great local food are being sought for a special weekend event this month.
Middlesbrough’s first ever Incredible Edible Weekend takes place from Friday, March 29 to Sunday, March 31.
The three-day event – the first in a quarterly series – will showcase the sort of great, healthy home-grown and locally produced food that’s available in and around Middlesbrough.
Highlights of the weekend – organised by Incredible Edible Middlesbrough in partnership with Middlesbrough Environment City - include:
Friday, March 29
Teesside University staff and students will begin a #bioburst, handing out jars of food seeds and compost so people can begin growing micro-greens at home. Growing even a micro-crop is a great way to start producing your own food!
In the afternoon, there will be a small local and surplus food stall at Pioneer Credit Union on Newport Road, showcasing local products and giving producers a chance to chat to people about what they do and why they do it.
It’s the perfect opportunity for new producers to test the water and gain valuable customer feedback. Surplus food will be available on a ‘pay as you feel’ (PAYF) basis.
Teesside University will be running their popular regular Veg Patch stall in the Tower foyer between 11am and 2pm. Surplus donated food, including fruit and veg and baked goods, will be available on a PAYF basis to students and staff.
Saturday, March 30
Dundas Arcade’s popular regular market will feature two stalls devoted to locally produced food – perfect for small producers who might normally struggle to fill a stall, with opportunities to engage with potential customers and network with other local producers.
Sunday, March 31
Pop Up Sunday Social at Off The Ground on Grange Road - great food and drink and a bit of music. Liz of Elizabeth’s Kitchen will serve up a delicious meal made from surplus food, again on a PAYF basis.
Future plans include a Food Co-op, more Veg Patch-type stalls and pop-up cafe at community venues across Middlesbrough.
Organiser Joe Dunne said: “The first Incredible Edible Weekend is a celebration of everything that’s great about our local food scene, and we’re keen to get as many people involved as possible.
“There really is something for everyone, whether they’re interested in eating out, buying a few new products or sharing what they produce.
“If anyone has activities planned that could be included in the weekend, or in subsequent Incredible Edible Weekends too we’d love to hear from them as well – this is all about pulling together and making local food work and more accessible to more people.
“As well as Incredible Edible Weekends every quarter, we're looking at holding growing site open days as the weather improves, offering people the chance to learn how to grow, maintain and harvest food and see just what Middlesbrough is capable of producing.”