Hosted in unique spaces F.E.A.S.T. brings people together over locally sourced food to discuss sustainable farming, the environment and culture. It aims to encourage debate by linking social, environmental, scientific and cultural thinking in an artful way. F.E.A.S.T. is a collaboration between me and my sister Liz, a scientist, who also farms alongside me and our family on a traditional mixed farm in South Lincolnshire. Agriculture and its related concerns are central to both our work, as is encouraging people to connect and share ideas.
F.E.A.S.T. began pre Covid with successful events at Uffington Village Hall in 2019 and continued in lockdown with a Zoom discussion in 2020. Now we will be hosting the second live event at: Caythorpe and Frieston Village Hall on Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th December.
Each F.E.A.S.T has two distinct, yet overlapping elements:
1: A Free Exhibition by professional artists, whose work is relevant to the local landscape and F.E.A.S.T themes. Open between 2 and 4pm, each day, the exhibitions welcomes people to meet the artists while enjoying complimentary tea and homemade cakes. Nisha Keshav and I will be showing work.
2: A Dinner on the `Friday 3rd Dec 6-9pm offers a social atmosphere, delicious food and an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding. Each meal is opened with provocations from both the arts and science on a pertinent subject that enables the conversations to start and all to be involved. Guests are welcomed from a wide range of interests, backgrounds and specialisms. This F.E.A.S.T will explore issues connected to ideas of ‘local’ including production, accessibility and relevance.
Each dinner lasts three hours and has up to 25 places, utilises locally sourced ingredients, including surplus food in the production of plant and animal-based dishes. The dinner costs £10.00 per person.
F.E.A.S.T is supported by InvestSK, South Kesteven District Council’s economic growth and regeneration company, as part of the council’s commitment to boosting the local arts offer. Michael Cross, head of arts at InvestSK, said: “F.E.A.S.T. provides a great opportunity for artists to bring their work to a local community and explore new ways of developing cultural programming in a village hall setting. Village halls play an enormous part in community life and it is important that art events feature regularly in their schedules.”