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, June 28, 2019

Time to be growing for the Foodival!

There are over two growing months until the Tooting Foodival.

That's plenty of time to grow local vegetables from scratch to donate or cook for the Foodival community festival on September 14th.

What can you grow well in your garden, containers or window box in a couple of months?
Who can you get involved? There's a school summer holiday soon, and could the children be in charge? The RHS has a guide to getting children interested in gardening, here.

The varieties below will all grow fast.
Click on the vegetables in the list for more information from gardening websites.
Are some of these new to you? Try them out:







Kohl Rabi  and Beetroot
are worth a try too.

Click here to download a copy of these suggestions with the links to the gardening websites.

What else could be grown quickly? Please share your ideas with us all: Tooting Foodival and Tooting Community Garden are on Instagram, and the garden is on Facebook too.

Happy growing and see you at the Foodival - it will be great to see your produce!

Friday, April 5, 2019

Foodival 2019 - Sat 14th Sept

The 12th annual Tooting Foodival takes place this autumn on Saturday 14th September. The festival aims to encourage people to grow fruit and vegetables locally, cook healthy food with local produce and connect with others to enjoy eating the results!  We are in the planning stages for this year's event and welcome anyone who wants to get involved.

We will create a street feast for up to 500 cooked up from home grown and donated vegetables and fruit, there will be and array of local live music and of course your chance to win the Top Tooting Cook Competition.

We already know we need help with the following:
  • Co-ordinating stalls 
  • Social media and PR
  • Connecting with community groups
and probably lots of other things we haven't yet thought of!  It's a great team effort to create Tooting Foodival and you can get involved in any way you like.

EMAIL US to find out more.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

A Magical Festive Feast

St Marks URC Church in Balham festooned with vine leaves, fairy lights and candles, offered the perfect backdrop for a magical festive evening at TTT’s Christmas Dinner last night. The invite to “Norah’s Magical Feast” promised a festive culinary celebration and what a feast it proved to be!  Norah won the overall Top Tooting Cook competition at Tooting Foodival in September scoring not only for the taste and look of all her entries to three categories, but also for her exceptional use of locally sourced ingredients including fruit, vegetables, eggs and honey.
In true MasterChef style, Norah delighted the guests with a sumptuous three course meal starting with a platter of sharing plates of courgette and haloumi fritters and three different kinds of homemade vegetable dips. Generous mains of roast salmon, lamb shank or a winter vegetable tagine followed. Dessert was a splendid affair of sticky fig pudding with salted caramel & coconut topping, roasted fruits with black cherry sorbet or a selection of artisan sheep & goats cheeses served with a variety of chutneys and oatcakes.
Aided by her assistants Dani and Chris, Norah gave us a Christmas dinner to remember for years to come. If you want to sample the delights of Norah’s Kitchen please get in touch with her here. 
Thanks to Bryony Williams #findmeintooting for her photos.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Video: A Walk Through The Crowd

Thanks to Belinda for this smartphone video of her walk through this year's Foodival crowd. Can you spot yourself? Anyone else take some video?

You can also seek out some great memories of the event from our volunteer photographers.  Click these links to see their fabulous work. 

Bryony Williams   Franco Ruarte   Riccardo Sai

We would love to do an exhibition of all our many years of Foodival photographs some time, so if you might be interested in helping make that happen or in offering your photographic handywork please do get in touch with us at TTT.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Thank You Everyone at Foodival 2018

It takes many people to make Tooting Foodival happen.  Here is a short thanks to (hopefully) most of you!

Without your generous contributions of locally grown produce we would not have been feasting!
  • Charles & Lesley, Foulser Rd - tarragon & bay leaves 
  • Elisabetta, Dahomey Rd - Tuscan kale, cima di rapa, marrow, leeks, chard, pumpkin
  • Jane, Furzedown - rhubarb, squash
  • Unnamed Tamworth Farm Allotment growers - marrows, squashes, cucumbers, peppers
  • David & Mal, Ramsden Rd - radishes, grapes, tomatoes, runner beans, kohl rabi
  • Kath, Khartoum Rd - beetroot, carrots, courgette
  • Susan, Cornford Grove - grapes
  • Michael, Ullathorne Rd - grapes, courgettes
  • Hilary, Tooting - plums
  • Tooting Community Garden - blackberries, greengages, garlic, Picasso & Maris Piper potatoes, pumpkins
  • Rachel, Tooting Bec Rd - courgettes, cucumbers, tomatoes, mini aubergines, chillis, peppers
  • Richard, Upper Tooting Park - mint, rosemary, beetroot, courgettes, tomatoes, curly kale
  • Charles, Cornford Grove - sprouting microgreens
  • Debbie, Furzedown - pumpkin, runnerbeans, cucamelons, squash, courgettes, apples
  • Egle, Derinton Rd - pea shoots, mustard sprouts
  • Susie, Earlsfield - carrots, yellow courgette, potatoes, tomatoes, runner beans, rosemary, sage
  • Belinda, Beechcroft Rd - flowers, marrows
  • Poppy & Teo, Streatham - patty pan & butternut squash
  • Al, Tamworth Farm - snake gourds, squashes & marrows
  • Sue, Furzedown - butternut squash, pumpkin, courgette, green leaves 
  • Ollie, Clapham Junction - squash

Volker Nissen of Essential Ingredient for co-ordinating the cooking on Saturday with three notable local chefs: Manisha from Pooja Sweets, Rick Gibbs of Rick’s Tooting & Elisabetta Costantini from Minestra Supper Club.

Mushkil Aasaan - A special thank you to Project Director Naseem Aboobaker who has been a rock-solid friend and partner to us throughout the last 10 years. Letting us use their space and land for free which has allowed us to run projects such as the Tooting Community Garden, Foodivals and countless meetings at Mushkil Aasaan Hall over many years. 

Thanks to Sarah and Deborah at Share Nurseries who have supplied plants to for our pop-up raised beds and to Beate and family who ran the Think Outside stall showcasing their outdoor learning workshops in schools.

Thank you so much to photographers Bryony Williams - findmeintooting, Franco Ruarte and Riccardo Sai.  Click the links to see their amazing work.

  • Brian Joseph for his generous gift of electricity, water and lending us his forecourt. 
  • St Anselms for gazebos
  • Gatton School for tables. 
  • Work & Play Scrapstore for various making materials
  • Volker Nissen for all the catering equipment 
  • Miss U stationers for giving us top rates on all our printing
  • Al Mirage Restaurant for letting us use their ovens 
  • The Phantom Knitter of Old Tooting Town for knitting the Foodival banner
Dermot Jones for curating a splendid "Meltdown" ably helped by Mark on the mixing desk.  All our brilliant artists:
Vincent Burke, Tai Li Ling, Babar Luck, Slim Estrada & Ingrid, The Troubadours de l'Avenue Verte, Emma And The Hot Tub Men and the Unconfirmed. & Ranjit for the dhol!

Rachel Husband for taking Foodival onto Instagram and Tooting PRS for giving us publicity throughout the year.  Everyone who have tweeted/liked and mentioned us in various posts.

TTC local Prize donors: Abel & Cole, Al- Mirage, Deelicious Nazish’s Kitchen,Meat & Shake, Nando's, Unwined, Walker Wyatt Cafe, Bring Your Own Zero Waste Shop.

TTC Judges: Brian Albuquerque, Lillie Langford, Nazish Omar and Rick Gibbs
All cooks taking part in the TTC

Field and Flower,  Richard Glassborow and 15,000 honey bees, Debbie Morey – Good sorts, Jane Haskings, LSx - Abshir Weli and Charlotte Hawthorne 

  • Ben and Sharon – sustainability games and fun 
  • Eleanor and Richard – waste management 
  • Barbara and Emily – choppers (and furniture-moving, Emily) 
  • Esther and Hilary – manning tables 
  • Jenny and Caty for taking your money! 
  • Christine for wool-spinning 
  • Rosalind & Resina for hard work at the welcome table, and selling plants 
  • Leon for fetching and carrying at the clear up 
  • Eleanor for looking after cash donation buckets 
  • Millie & Lewis for helping out with the food.
  • Ranjit & Mita for helping clear up. 
All the Foodival visitors who helped create an enjoyable atmosphere on the day and many of you who helped us tidy up after and take rubbish away. Everyone who very kindly put money into the donation buckets – we need this to make the next Foodival happen so thank you to you all. The residents of Hereward Road – thank you for putting up with us again. 
Tim and the rest of the Metropolitan police team who joined us.

With big love from the Organisers:
Chuck, Volker, Belinda, David and Mal

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Tooting Foodival 2018: Congratulations to this year’s Top Tooting Cook competition winners!

Thank you so much to the competition entrants, the judges and to the local enterprises who donated prizes for each class in the 'Top Tooting Cook' competition.

We had fabulous entries made with love and delicious fresh local ingredients...all adding up to good tasting and decision-making challenges for our panel of judges. The panel judged several classes as well as the overall 'Top Tooting Cook'.
Thanks loads to Bryony Williams for her beautiful photographs in this post.
Overall 'Top Tooting Cook' Winner: 
Norah Jane Brasington - not only for taste and look of all her entries to three categories, but also for her exceptional use of locally sourced fruit and veg, eggs and honey. 
Her choices symbolised the fundamental reasons of this festival which are encouraging the community to consider sustainable living by Growing Local and reducing the air miles our food travels -  thereby reducing carbon emissions.
A fabulous example of a community action response to addressing climate change!

Winner in the Savoury Class:
Farhana Wahab who made delicious Spinach and potato burgers from locally grown vegetables. The judges commented that 'they are amazing and have great texture'.

Winner in the Dessert Class:
Rachel Crosby who made a blackberry and mint cake using locally grown fruit and mint. The judges were impressed especially by her beautiful presentation.
Winner in the Apples and Pears Class:
Nora Jane Brasington for her “beautifully moist" gluten-free apple and honey cake from locally sourced apples, eggs and honey!
Winner in the Jams and Pickles Class:
Debbie Morey of Good Sorts won with her “delicious" Damson Jam with fruit sourced from a local allotment.
Special Commendation to ‘Baked Bean Boy’ for his hot kale and tomato salsa with “great heat”, all ingredients sourced from donations to Foodival 2018.

The judges cogitate!
The audience enjoying a taste of the entries
Why not enter 'TTC' next year in Foodival 2019!


Sunday, September 16, 2018

I Grew This 2018

Yesterday was another memorable one in the Foodival annals.  Full reports with myriad pictures will be posted in the coming days but firstly thank you to our fabulous growers who donated home grown fruit and vegetables.  Without you the event is not possible.
We give you I Grew This 2018!

Friday, September 14, 2018

What's On At Foodival 2018
Running Order 2018
Foodival 2018 starts this evening with the produce drop-off at Mushkil Aasaan. Left is the running order for the event including all the food, Top Tooting Cook and music timings.  Click through for the pdf.

Drop off produce this evening between 5.30 and 8.30 at Mushkil Aasaan 220-222 Upper Tooting Road, London. Postcode, SW17 7EW  HERE

If you want to enter Top Tooting Cook please try to come after 7pm to collect produce.

And we look forward to seeing you for the main event tomorrow from 11am until 5pm in Hereward Rd and Mushkil Aasaan HERE

Meanwhile ... anything left in the garden, window box or allotment?  Here are five crops I harvested just now!


Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Who's Playing at This Year's Foodival?

The Dermot Jones Meltdown™ showcases a variety of local musical talent at this year's Foodival, including Dermot himself and some artists so secret we cannot yet name them here!  Here is a taster of some of this year's acts.
Dermot Jones
Armed with six steel strings, a larynx, and a love of music stretching back to the 1930's - a little before he was born - Dermot will entertain you with his own original songs mixed in with off-the-wall covers and instrumentals from the worlds of Soul, Pop, Blues, Country, Folk, Jazz, Rock - but not JazzRock, sorry - Spanish, and Ragtime @DermotTJones

The Troubadours de l'Avenue Verte

The Troubadours de l'Avenue Verte, Jawadi Darabuka, Bain Stringy Thing, Longpela Pick and Blow are Lido regulars going out to play with a mix of of Irish, Disco, Rhythm and Blues. Just back from their European tour, where they eschewed a tour bus for three bicycles. 

Tai Li Ling
Tai Li Ling is a ukulele/guitar-playing Scouser specialising in Folk and Blues songs about her experiences living in the Big Smoke.when not in her day job at St George's Soundcloud

Slim Estrada

Slim Estrada, deep south bluesman and Foodival veteran will be making his way out of the alligator-infested swamps (of Ealing) to join us again this year. We don't know if Pablo X and Washboard Bob will be joining him!
Emma and the Hot Tub Men play an eclectic mixture of original blues and traditional folk songs, with the odd French cover thrown in. Emma has a beautiful, original voice with a wide range and a soulful, yet ethereal tone. 

Vincent Burke
Vincent Burke recently discovered the fresh air and long walks of Summer Festivals playing Latitude Festival; some of the set went out on BBC6 Music and BBC Radio 3. He is well behaved, pet-friendly and occasionally entertaining. His music is melodic and not stupid, and now contains the added ingredients of double-bass and percussion.

There will also be acoustic songs and edutainment from a mystery special guest. 100% British culture from a world citizen... expect everything from kawalee to punk via country ballad and beatbox. 

More information will be added to this post as we receive it ... The Meltdown has secrets you know!

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Tooting Foodival Food: the Four Wonderful Chefs, and the brilliant local donors of prizes for the Top Tooting Cook competition

All about Tooting Foodival Food:
  • Four Wonderful Chefs for the feast on Saturday 15th!
  • Brilliant donors of prizes for the Top Tooting Cook competition!
The Four Wonderful Chefs

Volker Nissen (top left) of Essential Ingredients is co-ordinating the cooking on Saturday, plus Manisha from Pooja Sweets (top right), Rick Gibbs of Rick’s Tooting (bottom right) & Elisabetta Costantini from Minestra Supper (bottom left).
Thank you all for sharing your time, experience & passion! 

The Top Tooting Cook competition (for details on taking part click here - and please do enter, just for fun of it) has some brilliant prizes for the different entry classes as well as the main TTC award itself.
In the generous style that we so admire in the Tooting community, the competition prizes have been donated by the local enterprises listed below. Thank you so much!
  • Abel & Cole (who are celebrating their 30th anniversary)
  • Al- Mirage 215 Upper Tooting Road, SW17 7TG
  • Deelicious Nazish’s Kitchen 12 Tooting Bec Road, SW17 8BD
  • Meat & Shake - Tooting 47 Upper Tooting Rd, SW17 7TR
  • Nando's 224-226 Upper Tooting Road, SW17 7EW
  • Unwined Tooting Market
  • Walker Wyatt Cafe 3 Upper Tooting Road SW17 7TS
  • Bring Your Own Zero Waste Shop Tooting Market
So much to look forward to: all welcome to the Tooting Foodival 2018, 11:00 - 5:00 on Sat 15th
at 220 Upper Tooting Road, SW17 7EW!