Grow, cook, share


Calling all cooks, bakers, growers, and aspiring traders!

SATURDAY 13 JULY | 10.00AM - 4.00PM | 47 THAMES ROAD, IG11 0HQ

Join in for an exciting day to celebrate food in Barking and Dagenham. This day is for anyone who likes food, growing it, experimenting with recipes, sharing meals together and exploring ways of preventing and using food waste.

We will be looking at different aspects of developing a sustainable food ecosystem with workshops, talks and exhibits on things such as fermentation, hydroponics, bees and foraging.

Whether you cook or grow as a hobby, or you want to turn your ideas into a local business, please come along to meet others who will want to taste and admire your work. People might even want to work with you to start something new!





Food Show and Tell
10.00am - 12.00pm

Everyone has a special type of food that they make. Do you want to find out if yours could potentially become a product to sell?

Bring a side, main or pudding which you make at home and share the story behind how you came to make it, the ingredients you use and why you enjoy cooking this particular dish. Tasting of all the dishes will take place at the end.

Go To Market with Pantry - Workshop
12.00 - 1.00pm

Learn how to bring your food product to market, from cooking in batches to packaging and labelling to selling, during a hands-on workshop in the Warehouse kitchen.

Set Up a Food Truck - Workshop
1.00 - 2.00pm

Meet established food traders about how to set up your very own food truck and go to markets around London.

Collaborative Business Drop In
2.00 - 4.00pm

Drop in to learn and ask about collaborative business programmes you can join to design, make and sell your food product ideas at markets across London.




Seed Exchange - Installation
10.00am - 4.00pm

Bring along your seeds and exchange them for other seeds to grow in your garden.


Tiny Veg Patch - Workshop
2.00 - 3.00pm

Join resident Yvonne and learn about growing in small spaces, containers, balconies and raised beds with a chance to plant something of your own.


Harvest Exchange - Talk & Demo
2.00 - 4.00pm

We know that there is a lot of surplus fruit and vegetables in gardens and allotments. Freshly harvested local food is the tastiest and most nutritious there is- so if you have too many courgettes, an excess of shallots or any other fruit or veg- bring them to the harvest exchange to swap with others.

Join Dee Dee from Better Food Shed and resident Judith for a talk about allotments and organic growing.




The Beauty of Bokashi - Talk
10.30- 11.30am

Are you interested in composting? Bokashi composting is a Japanese method of composting which ferments kitchen waste for speedy decomposition.

Hear from local resident Anish about how this works and tips and tricks for making the most out of the liquid gold this bin produces.


Liven up your leftovers quiz - Workshop
11.00am - 3.00pm

Put your food waste knowledge to the test and learn some new recipes to maximise every penny spent on food.


World of Wormeries - Talk & Demo
12.00 - 2.00pm

Every year 7 million tonnes of food waste is thrown away, vermicomposting (composting with the help of worms) can turn humble veg peel into rich soil.

Learn how to get started with Mustafa from and see the worms in action!




Grow Your Own Seasonal Smoothie - Workshop | 11.00am- 12.00pm

My name is Samina. I have been passionate about healthy eating and natural beauty for around 22 years! I would like to share what I know about organic produce, the nutritional value of locally grown fruit and veg as well as some tips on how to create your own energy drink.

Pleased As Pickles - Workshop | 1.00 - 2.30pm

Pickling is the process of preserving food by fermentation in brine or vinegar. With a bit of salt and vinegar you can eat your veg in all seasons. Learn how to make a courgette chutney with Margaret and taste some Kimchi made by Youngmi.



Bees Q and A - Demo | 1.00 - 2.00pm

Bees are vital for a healthy food system. Local residents have been learning this traditional skill in Bee School and are excited to share what they have learnt. See our beehives and meet our buzzing companions.

Meet The Chickens - Demo | 3.00 - 4.00pm

Have you ever wanted to learn how to care for chickens? Are you interested in getting a coop in your own back garden? Come along for a Q and A session, meet the Church Elm Lane chickens and hear all about how you can care for them.