Hythe Life Food Festival - KENT, UK
The inaugural Hythe Life Food Festival in Kent, was the first outing for The Welcome Tent. This ex-army catering tent, now repurposed for Peace, was kindly given to us as a gift by Alexandra at Angelic Feast.
Chef Sparky @source2sauce coordinated 4 cooking showtimes and tastings over the 2 day event which featured 12 different dishes and 15 guest cooks from 7 different countries. The dishes were made by sourcing produce and ingredients from Hythe and the surrounding Kent countryside to support local Kentish communities, farmers and business.
A real highlight was Kath arriving from the local Twiss Road allotments on her bike, pulling a trailer of vegetables just picked by allotment holders. Griggs of Hythe kindly donated fresh local Sea Bream which was later transformed into a delicious Curry by local resident Colin.
Pottens Farm Shop supplied high quality local vegetables - including the delightful story of 89 year old Dick who waters his 500 tomato plants at dawn every morning. The Everest Cash and Carry, known locally as the Gurkha Shop in nearby Cheriton, was mentioned as the go-to shop for spices, sauces and flavours that might otherwise be difficult to find.
Sharing stories from Calais
Throughout the two days we shared photos and stories from our experiences in Calais and bagged up spices to be distributed by Calais Kitchens so people can cook for themselves. Sudanese Chai tea, popcorn and doughnuts were a delicious addition to The Welcome Tent. There was also an opportunity to see Afghan traditional dress, and impromptu drumming and singing session to accompany the Sudanese meal.
The Welcome Tent was a collaboration between @Source2Sauce @Peas&Figs@WildBreadHead, supported by teachers and students at Kent Refugee Action Network and a bunch of friends. We were delighted to receive such a warm welcome from the Hythe Community.