Foodival is Transition Town Tooting's annual food festival, celebrating everything that's good about locally grown food. Foodival aims to show how it's possible to grow local, eat local, be sustainable and have fun while doing it!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Celebrating Local Food Together as a Community: Preview of #Foodival2016 on the 10th & 11th Sept

We're very excited about TTT's ninth annual Tooting Foodival which is all about Celebrating Local Food Together as a Community. 
We're planning the details now - here's a snapshot preview.
Plenty more information to come later on.


'Local food plus local community' is the weekend's theme:

I Grew This! (Foodival 2015)
Saturday 10th Sept activities run from from 1pm to 5pm and are based at Mushkil Aasaan, 222 Upper Tooting Road SW17 7EW. 

On Saturday we welcome all local growers to share and donate some of their local produce - maybe a bag of potatoes, or a single chilli pepper...whatever you would like to share.

Mark where you've been growing on our Growing Tooting Map.

We'll take your photo proudly holding your fruit or veg for our 2016 I Grew This! poster and we'll display what's shared.

Where will all this wonderful donated local produce go?

Top Tooting Cook! 
Firstly, donated produce goes to anyone who wants to enter our fun Top Tooting Cook event. Take some produce or recipes away (or cook with what you have grown at home), and bring back what you make on Sunday for the light-hearted judging and more at Mushkil Aasaan from 4 to 7pm.
The TTC hat - not the only prize you might win
Show off your culinary skills using fruit and veg grown locally and you could win a prize... and the coveted title "Top Tooting Cook"!
Find out all about the competition here and get in touch with Belinda to enter.
For inspiration, look at these delicious dishes - sorrel soup, risotto with cavolo nero, fava bean toast with egg - cooked by visitors to the Tooting Community Garden, using produce picked that day!
Thanks Naomi, Charles and Janine.

Soup Disco!
Secondly, local produce donated on Saturday will go to Sunday evening's Soup Disco party from 7pm to 10pm in Tooting Market, 21-23 Tooting High Street SW17 0SN.
From 7pm come along and starting chopping and cooking Tooting soup...then we'll cook it up together for a shared meal...and segue into great music and dancing until 10pm. Beginners welcome throughout...cutting the veg and cutting the mustard.
Plus some enterprises in the Market will be open for business - it's going to be a memorable night! More information to come soon.


Other activities for all ages on Saturday at Mushkil Aasaan from 1pm to 5pm will include:

Celebrate reducing waste and having fun by displaying your Ugly Veg. Or as it's called in the USA: Produce with Personality.

Learn about urban beekeeping, taste SW12 and SW17 honey and get close to live bees. Local beekeeper Richard is bringing a demonstration hive of live bees. He can chat about bees & honey - and about sources of info for planting and gardening to encourage bees and other pollinators.

Sprouted teff seed
Practice being a successful home farmer by sprouting seeds - easy and delicious. Fresh seeds sprouted at home only have to travel a few inches 'from plot to plate'
NO food miles!

Play our fun low carbon living games including exploring food's footprint and much more.


Get hands-on and creative with crafts linked to food and the Soup Disco - all ages can come and enjoy making.

In the garden...
Explore the local network of community gardens which can offer you fun, exercise, friendship, time outdoors in nature and a place to grow healthy local food.
Plus, you will pick up plenty of growing advice and encouragement to grow your own fresh food on window sill, a balcony or in a front garden.


Discuss the other local sustainability projects that Transition Tooting facilitates with many different partners, find out how to get involved - and we welcome your suggestions and new ideas.

All welcome to #Foodival2016!

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Could you be Tooting's Top Cook?

Look at these delicious dishes - sorrel soup, risotto with cavolo nero, fava bean toast with egg - all cooked by visitors to the Tooting Community Garden, using produce they picked that day! Thanks Janine, Charles and Naomi!

Are you feeling hungry yet? Or maybe you have a wonderful recipe to share with the community?

If you do...

Enter Top Tooting Cook at this year's Foodival!

Show off your culinary skills using produce grown and sourced locally and you could win a prize... and the coveted title "Top Tooting Cook"!

Find out all about the competition here and get in touch with Belinda to enter or come chat to the team at the Community Garden picnic tomorrow!  Plenty of time to decide what you'll cook. The competition takes place during Foodival: 10-11 September.

The Top Tooting Cook hat... not the only prize you'll win!

Share your recipes with Tooting!

If you have a delicious recipe you'd like to share - post it to our Facebook page.  Post the recipe with a picture if you have one. We hope to produce a recipe book. Maybe you'd like your recipe to be shared with local people. Let us know!


Saturday, July 23, 2016

Tooting Foodival 2016 - Coming Soon!

We're getting ready for Tooting's 9th Foodival. Here's a sneak preview!

Stay tuned for more details and if you'd like to get involved, get in touch.


Monday, February 1, 2016

Tooting Foodival Wins Mayor's Sunshine Award

Tooting Foodival 2015 today received an inaugural Grow Wandsworth Award from Mayor of Wandsworth, Nicola Nardelli, who launched the awards to encourage people and organisations who grow healthy, fresh, local food in Community Food Projects.
With Mayor Nicola at Wandsworth Town Hall
At a reception in the Mayor's Parlour at the Town Hall, including very beautiful cakes, Foodival won the "Sunshine Award" for "celebrating the ways people have brought a bit of sunshine into the lives of others through community growing"! We do our best!

Back in September the Mayor experienced the myriad food related activities at Samaj Hall, including some prize winning vegetables and bananas (below)!
Mayor Nicola Nardelli with David & Mal at Foodival 2015
We are delighted to receive this award and it was really interesting to meet people from the other award-winning community groups including friends from 
SHARE Community and Wendelsworth Community Garden as well as new contacts who we hope to collaborate with in the future.

For anyone interested in getting involved in Foodival 2016, the first planning meeting will be at the King's Head in Upper Tooting Road, Tooting Bec, on this Thursday evening (Feb 4th) at 7pm.  All welcome to help us work out how we will create this year's home grown sustainable food festival in Tooting.  If you have any ideas, skills, or just fancy being part of a fantastic (and now award-winning!) community project please do come along.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Foodival 2015 Video

Hot off the press may we present the Foodival 2015 video! Crafted by the fabulous Creative Media students from South Thames College ably led by lecturer Emma Ashton. Thank you all very much for this awesome production! Now ... can you spot yourself?

Friday, September 18, 2015

Foodival Growers

Thanks again to all the fabulous growers who donated their hard grown fruit and veg for last weekend's Foodival.  
Spot anyone you know?

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Foodival's Entertainment

This year we enjoyed the varied pleasures of five musical performances and one theatrical Giant Pea! Dermot Jones opened the afternoon with some of his own tunes and beautiful instrumental guitar work. Then all the way from the deep south came Slim Estrada, accompanied by Pablo X, giving us their unique flavour of the Louisiana badlands (via Ealing apparently).
Dermot Jones vs Slim Estrada
Slim was unphased by the entrance of a Giant Pea parade half way through his set, led by fanSHEN Theatre as the culmination of their summer Field Day season. The mood changed a bit when the massed ranks of Balham Ukulele Society took to the stage with upbeat renditions of popular songs that really made you smile.
Giant Pea vs Balham Ukuleles
Amy Fitz-Doyley soothed us with her self penned songs about urban life playing beat box and keyboards before mid-life crisis rockers The Renegades closed the event with several food-themed covers of the classics that got us dancing!
Amy Fitz-Doyley vs The Renegades

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Foodival Prize Winners

There were more prizes than ever on offer at Foodival this year. So who won what? The competition was hot to be Top Tooting Cook among both individual cooks and the participating restaurants, many of whom took the challenge very seriously! Then there was the inaugural Ugly Veg competition, which I thought ended up going to a rather beautiful pepper.  The prize for the most exotic and amazing produce must go to Susan with her bananas grown in Balham!
Susan grew bananas in Balham


Top Tooting Cook 2015 Sophie & her beautiful winning dish
Ugly Veg Parade & Perfectly Deformed Kohl Rabi
Competition Results:
Top Tooting Cook - Individual:
1st: Sophie Rushton Smith - It's a Bad year for Carrots! & Rhubarb Streunal 
2nd: Shazia Wahab - Aloo Sabzi
3rd: Maryam Shariff (also the Young Winner) - Chilli Carrots
4th: Sarah Servantes - Tooting Tomato Consomme
Highly Commended:
Lea Gearing, Brad Hayward, Lillie Langford, Oscar Tudor & Sue Westfold

Top Tooting Cook - Restaurants:
1st: Pooja Sweets & Savouries
2nd: The Gorringe Park Pub
3rd=: Brixton People's Kitchen & Route to Juice
Highly Commended: Minestra Supper Club and Al Mirage

Ugly Veg:
1st: SHARE Garden's curly red pepper
2nd: David's deformed kohl rabi
3rd: Belinda's knobbly potato

Special Achievement Award:
Susan's Balham bananas

Thanks again to to The Little Taperia, The Gorringe Park, The Wheatsheaf and Abel & Cole for donating prizes and to our donating growers as one or too pretty items were put into special prize veg boxes!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Another Great Foodival

Tooting saw another successful Foodival this afternoon enjoyed by hundreds who came to taste the locally grown low food mile food cooked by local cooks and restaurants. Thanks to everyone who attended and all of you who contributed to making the event happen! Reports and photos will appear on this blog over the next few days.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Fabulous Growers, Thank You!

Tomorrow is going to be the biggest Foodival celebration yet!  Thank you to all the fabulous growers who have donated produce today.  This will be cooked up for tomorrow's feast at Samaj Hall.  We look forward to seeing you there!

And here is the full list of everyone who donated:
Who
What
Indrajit Epsom
Lavender, beans
Hilary
Trevelyan Rd
Plums
Marin
Wendlesworth Community Garden
Red onions. Beetroot, mint, parsley, yellow courgette
Sue
Chillerton Rd & Garratt Lane allotments
Apple, potatoes, radish, beetroot, dill, cucumber, sweetcorn, horseradish, berries, squash, rosemary
Jenny
Heaton Rd
Chillies, chard, mint, lemon balm, rosemary, thyme
Tooting Community Garden, North Drive
Potatoes, onions, sorrel, thyme, rosemary, safe, garlic, blackberries, raspberries, tomatoes, marrow, Jerusalem artichokes, heritage runner beans
Lillie
Beechcroft Rd
Yellow courgettes, runner beans
David        
Ramsden Rd
Kohl rabi, tomatoes, Portuguese cabbage, tiny carrots, grapes
Belinda
Beechcroft Rd
Rhubarb, apples, horseradish
Jan
Hebdon Rd allotment
Mini pumpkins, potatoes, marrow, squash, tomatoes
Valerie
Fishponds Rd
Apples – huge cookers
Josie
Montana Rd
Pears
Fio
Dahomey Rd
Rocket, apples
Stella
Gassiot Rd
Greengages
Debbie
Ridge Rd Allotments
Cabbages, runner beans, tomatoes, apples, pumpkins, marrows
Tooting Bec Housing Coop, Longley Rd
Pears
The Smiths
Woodfield Ave & Hampshire
Runner beans, tomatoes,, cookeing & eating apples
Susan
Cornford Grove
Grapes apples and bananas!!!
Richard
Upper Tooting Park
Mini carrot, sage, parsley, thyme, rosemary, dill, runner beans, broccoli, beetroot leaves
Lea
Streatham Cemetery
Round courgette, rosemary, sage, chives, apples (red perm)
Kath
Khartoum Rd
Mini pumpkins
David
Rogers Rd
Honey
Jane
Ribblesdale Rd
Courgettes, nasturtium, mint, sage
Jon
Kettering St
Rosemary, rhubarb
Tonie
Grange Rd Allotments, Dulwich
Apples, potatoes, beans
Lucy
Woodnook Rd
Tomatoes, figs, potatoes
Sue
Garratt Park Allotments
Tomatoes, potatoes, runner beans, courgettes, herbs, blackberries
James
Tamworth Farm Allotment
Marrows… many marrows, and herbs!
Maggie
Burntwood Lane
Mint, oregano, lavender, pansy heads
Kim
Brudenell Rd
Apples, pears
Teo & Poppy
Spa Hill Allotments W. Norwood, & Hocton Rd
Chard, pumpkins, courgettes, French beans
Jenny
Share Community Garden
Kale, tomatoes, courgette, apples, sage, chillies, peppers, aubergine
JP
Tamworth Farm Allotments
Yallow round courgettes, rhubarb