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Newsletter July 2007

Seafest 2007: Friday 20 July to Sunday 22 July

There will be cookery demonstrations and a real ale marquee at the Seafest on West pier this weekend.


Jill Owen, a Scarborough Local Food Group member, writes:
Any subscriber to this newsletter who fancies a short trip to Italy should head for Turin and Eataly. Situated in the nearest city to where the Slow Food Movement began, Eataly is a new venture which hasn't made it into the guide books yet. Take a bus no. 1,18 or 35 from Porta Nuova station to Lingotto and you will find Eataly next to the former Fiat factory, which has now been transformed into a trade fair centre, art gallery and shopping mall. In fact the first sight that greets you on entering Eataly is a lifesize Fiat Cinquecento made entirely from chocolate.

Eataly is a huge indoor farmers' market, Italian style. This is food with "bella figura". Take a full wallet and empty suitcase but even so you'll be frustrated at not being able to bring back all the fresh food. After all it's a bit far for a day trip. You can, however, taste plenty since each section has its own eating area. I had lunch in the meat department and ordered bocconcini di manzo, literally "little mouthfuls of beef", and they were superb.

I don't recall ever seeing so much good food in one place at the same time. It will be the subject of gastronomic dreams for many months to come.

Skerry Hall Farm

Alan and Jan Adams have been in touch to let us know that they have established a small suckler herd of pedigree Dexter cattle and are producing traditionally reared, hung and butchered beef. Skerry Hall Farm overlooks Robin Hood's Bay and has been home the Skerry Herd since late 2004. They also keep a small number of sheep, including some Oxford Downs, and poultry, but the main undertaking is the production of high quality-Dexter beef.

You can find out much more about the farm, the qualities of Dexter cattle and how to order at www.skerryhallfarm.co.uk

How wine is produced

Workshop at Le Chat Noir on Monday 13 August, 6 pm to 7.30 pm
Yann and Susie invite you to a food and drink workshop to learn about and consider how wine is produced.
Booking essential.
Le Chat Noir, 10 Eastborough (near the Public Market)
£3 fee per person.
Tel 01723 350653

Sustainable Communities Bill

The Scarborough Local Food Group supports the Sustainable Communities Bill which requires the Government to help reverse "Ghost Town Britain" (the decline of local economic activity, jobs, shops facilities and services) and promote the opposite (sustainable communities), but in ways driven by local councils and communities themselves, not by Whitehall.

It is great news that on Friday 15th June, the Sustainable Communities Bill passed through its third reading debate in the House of Commons. Local Works, which runs the campaign, has commented: "We would like to extend our biggest thanks to you and everyone who has supported this campaign over the past four years. We would genuinely not have been successful without the unprecedented level of grassroots support that this campaign has enjoyed."

The Sustainable Communities Bill is now with the Lords. To find out how you can support the Bill through this stage, visit http://www.localworks.org/

Or watch a YouTube Video in which Julia Goldsworthy MP talks about the Bill. Julia Goldsworthy MP and Liberal Democrat all-party advisor for the Sustainable Communities Bill, explains why she is supporting this campaign and outlines how the Bill will help local communities. Follow this link

Happy eating


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