The Eden Food & Farming Festival is calling on the district’s farming, food and beverage sectors to help steer this year’s programme, with an events intern position on the menu, too.
The festival committee would like to hear from farmers, producers, food retailers and restaurateurs willing to contribute ideas and help organise aspects of this summer’s festival.
“One of our main aims is to showcase these impressive industries in Eden, and we need their expertise to ensure the festival benefits them as much as possible,” said Peter Ward, chair of Penrith Partnership, which heads up the organising committee. “What we need is people willing to be on small working groups to help us deliver and expand some of the main elements of the festival.”
The committee is particularly keen to grow the educational aspect, and give people more opportunities to engage with producers.
“We’d really welcome input and support from the farming community and producers to help us build on last year’s week-long programme of activities and site visits,” Peter said. “We would also like to see more of Eden’s producers represented at our signature event, Penrith on a Plate, and we need their help to achieve this.”
The committee wants to do more this year to support Eden’s food and beverage outlets during the week of the festival, with initial ideas including food and ale trails, discount schemes and special menus.
“The final link in the food chain, of course, is having it on your plate, and we want to give the public more exposure to the excellent fayre available in Eden’s cafes, restaurants and bars,” Peter said. “We want to hear from any outlets willing to share their ideas for the best ways to do this and help us organise it.”
This year’s festival is also serving up a learning and mentoring opportunity for those trying to build their CV or break into a career in event management.
“Penrith Partnership is offering at least one intern position to help us organise the festival,” Peter said. “It’s a superb chance for someone to learn about the different aspects of running a week-long programme, with the potential for mentoring in project management, budgeting, sponsorship, marketing and logistics.”
The festival week will begin with Penrith on a Plate on Saturday 19 July, rounded off by the 180th Penrith Show on Saturday 26 July, with Eden District Council as the main funder. The festival ran for the first time last year, with a week-long programme of events built around the popular Penrith on a Plate day. The festival proved to be a vibrant addition to Eden’s events calendar, attracting several thousand people to the area and involving scores of producers and traders from the district and beyond.
Anyone interested in the intern position or in helping steer and organise the 2014 festival should get in touch with the committee at firstname.lastname@example.org. To keep up to date with news and announcements, join the festival on Facebook and Twitter (edenfoodfest).