Do you like food?

Calling all foodies! On Saturday 17 July from 10am to 5pm the Organic Research Centre at Elm Farm, Hamstead Marshall (near Newbury), will throw open its gates to all lovers of great food. Elm Farm will be stuffed to bursting with local food stalls, offering all kinds of organic and quality treats.

If you bring the kids along they can have fun making their own pasta, designing “veggie faces” or perhaps taking part in the bug hunt. While they are happily occupied you can take your pick of delicious tastes and textures as you tour the stalls. The familiar names in organic food will take their places alongside some less well-known names to offer organic cheeses, fresh vegetables, taste-bud-zapping fruit cordials and chocolate drinks made from pure dark chocolate powders. Throughout the day there will be organic burgers and salads available from Helen Browning’s famous “Flying Pig” outside catering and organic wines and beers from Vintage Roots. Admission is free and everyone is invited to come along and join in the fun.

Prof. Nic Lampkin, the Organic Research Centre’s Executive Director, said, “We really hope that everyone will pop in to enjoy the food festival with us. The organic and local food available in this area is second to none and we want everyone to have a chance to try it. I have my eye on some of the locally-made cakes, so you had better get here early!”

The Organic Research Centre’s Local Food Festival has been planned to allow everyone who lives in West Berkshire and surrounding counties to join the ORC in celebrating its 30th anniversary. For three decades the Organic Research Centre has been carrying out ground-breaking research into organic techniques which have supported the development of organic farming in the UK. On 24 May, HRH The Prince of Wales visited the Centre at Elm Farm to thank the Organic Research Centre for their help in transforming his own farm at Highgrove into a thriving organic concern. He also wished them well for the coming decades and for the breakthrough research which they would continue to undertake. (More follows)

More information, including the programme for the day and directions can be found at



  • Full programme details follow below
  • The Organic Research Centre at Elm Farm (originally called Elm Farm Research Centre) was established in Hamstead Marshall, Newbury, Berkshire in 1980.
  • The ORC exists to develop and support sustainable land-use, agriculture and food systems within local economies. These sustainable methods build on organic principles to ensure the health and well-being of the soil, plant, man and the environment.
  • As an educational charity, the Organic Research Centre works with local schools, communities and special needs groups.
  • The ORC’s Organic Advisory Service has a long history of supporting the organic food chain from farmers and growers to food processors and individual retailers, including advice to farmers interested in conversion to organic production.

Further information is available from:

Nic Lampkin, Executive Director, Organic Research Centre +44 (0)1488 657646

Organic and Local Festival at Elm Farm, 17 July 2010


  1. Daylesford Organic (Bread and baked produce) – We specialise in what is organic, fresh, seasonal and local –
  2. Laverstoke Park (tbc) (Ice-cream and dairy produce) – Sensational flavours for summer, fresh from the farm –
  3. Growing Together (Fresh vegetables) – We give people from all walks of life the chance to learn about hot to grow fruit and vegetables –
  4. Simon Weaver Cotswold Organic Dairy (Organic cheese) – The creamy, fresh taste of our organic Brie range reflects its place of origin… –
  5. Rocks Organics (Fruit cordials) – High quality organic ingredients without any nasty artificial sweeteners, preservatives, colours & flavours –
  6. Mortimer Chocolate Company (Chocolate Drinks) – Fantastic tasting Pure Dark Chocolate Powders, from different countries of origin –
  7. The Cake Maker (Home-made fresh cakes) – Alicia Robinson –
  8. Sheepdrove Organic (display only) (Meats) – Place your order for weekly organic meat hampers delivered to your door –
  9. Chilterns Natural Foods (Fudge, mixed nuts and seeds) – The home of all-natural foods! –
  10. Christmas Farm (Quiches, savoury pies, scotch eggs) – Fresh, home-grown, full-flavoured ingredients combined with a foodie passion –
  11. Lanie’s Preserves (Chutneys, jams and marmalades) – All hand-made by Lanie, using home-grown, local and organic fruit and vegetables – Lanie Allen, Hamstead Marshall
  12. Beechwood Farm (Eggs free range) – High quality producer of free range eggs – Rachael Rice, Hampstead Norreys
  13. Newbury Beekeepers (in the Paddock) (Local honey) – John Corne
  14. Harroway Organic Gardens (Organic veg & soft fruit) – Producing, supplying and delivering the finest quality organic produce –
  15. Taste Matters (Wholefood salads and kids’ puddings) – Organic food to go –
  16. Ilze’s Chocolates (in the Barn) (Hand-made chocolates) – Tantalising you taste buds with the most exquisite fillings –
  17. Jane’s Kitchen (Chilled and frozen meals, pies, tarts and puddings) – All meals home-made from local ingredients – Jane Woodward, Kintbury
  18. Interactive Food Workshops for Children in The Barn

Throughout the day:

  • How clean are your hands? (West Berkshire DC) – Special cream that glows in the dark to see where the germs might be lurking on your hands –
  • Apple Slinky (Jeff Smith) – Snack the healthy way with Apple Slinky UK –

11am, 12:30, 2pm: Pasta making (Splat Cooking)

Make pasta using fresh ingredients and take it home to cook for your tea – you may get a little messy but that’s half the fun!

12 noon, 1pm, 2:30pm: Veggie Faces (Growing 2gether)

Groups of up to 15. Sign up early to avoid disappointment. Let your “veggie face” win you a prize! Using our salad vegetables construct on a paper plate a picture of a face. Your “veggie face” will be photographed and you can nibble on the vegetables you used as you go round the rest of the show, so be sure to use only the vegetables that you like to eat. The photos will be judged and a prize of a collection of fruit and vegetables awarded to the following age groups Up to 5, 6 to 9, 10 to 12.

1:30pm, 3pm Egg painting(tbc) (Beechwood Eggs)

4pm Smoked & Salted (Chris Stopes & Jasper Ayckroyd)

Where there is smoke, there is flavour! See how meat can be preserved with salt and with smoke to resist through time.

Activities in the Paddock

10.00 a.m Bug Hunt
Organic Research Centre staff

Afternoon – farm trail tour
Organic Research Centre Staff

All day Composting display and workshops

All day Love Food Hate Waste display

All day Beekeeper display
John Corne (Newbury Beekeepers Ass.)

Times TBC Green wood turning displays
Chris Allen

Times TBC. Fruit Machine game
Growing 2gether Centre

Seed sowing activity and display
Hungerford Environmental Action Team

Afternoon: Music
Live bands

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