Books, Talks, Walks & Food: Toast Festival of Food & Ideas

We’ve just finished reading Jojo Tulloh’s book, The Modern Peasant: Adventures in City Food. In it, in a quest to become more self-sufficient whilst still living in London, Tulloh learns, among other things, how to bake bread, keep bees, grow vegetables, forage for salad leaves, ferment beer, make ricotta, and pickle onions. It’s a lovely book, full of stories as well as recipes and tips (and short cuts) on how to do all these things yourself. It makes for inspiring reading, so we were thrilled to discover that Tulloh is leading a foraging walk on Sunday 2nd June, as part of the Toast Festival of Food & Ideas. The Festival, held in Shoreditch over two days next weekend, brings together chefs, restauranteurs, writers, entrepreneurs and producers to discuss and demonstrate all things foodie. We love the sound of this festival, because as well as some great talks and debates – Diana Henry on her favourite cookbooks, Fuchsia Dunlop and Anissa Helou on migration and food, Josceline Dimbleby and Jeremy Lee on food writing – there are lots of hands-on, practical workshops you can do, such as learning how to make gravlaks and other summer Scandinavian food, or improving your food photography skills (great for any food bloggers). And of course, there’s Tulloh’s Urban Foraging walk through the byways of Shoreditch, up Bunhill Fields to William Blake’s grave while picking rocket, elderflower blossom, vine and salad leaves. Or you can just hang out: there will be an art exhibtion, book signings, tastings, parties, a shop – including a pop-up Daunts Books – and lots of delicious things to eat and drink, including a menu created especially for the festival by Street Kitchen, and ice lollies – think roasted peach on a stick – by the wonderful Ice Kitchen. It’s good to note, too, particularly when you tuck into your third meal of a morning, that the whole festival is a fundraising event for the aid organisation Action Against Hunger.

Toast Festival of Food & Ideas
1 & 2 June 2013
Red Gallery, Shoreditch, EC2A 3DT
Festival is free to enter. Ticketed events start at £10. Weekend tickets: £75
— Daisy
23rd May 2013