From a small seed-swap event five years ago, Transition Town Worthing hosts this year a keenly anticipated celebration of local food and gardening. On Saturday February 8th at 12.30 pm they hold the ‘Spring Sow and Grow Fair’ at Oak Grove College, The Boulevard, Worthing.
Enticing aromas from a special lunchtime menu of hot food will greet visitors. Chef Guy French uses locally-sourced ingredients including freshly caught local fish from the new Worthing sustainable-fishing ‘Catchbox’ scheme and Spring lamb from the South Downs. There are local-grown vegetarian options.
Herbs, annuals, perennials, vegetables and grow-your-own mushroom kits are on sale. Free talks by experts provide advice and inspiration for growing success.
Indoors will be over 30 stalls to browse: from local, home-grown and artisan-crafted, foods, preserves, organic skin care products, up-cycled fashion and accessories, to local wildlife and conservation groups. Visitors get the chance to buy and swap plant seeds collected by local gardeners and horticultural volunteer groups.
Outside a warming open camp-fire, with more food choices, awaits explorers of the intriguing design features, sculptures and hideaways in the college’s multi-award-winning gardens.
Add in a pop-up café with reviving afternoon tea and tasty home-baked cakes; a distinctly local musical flavour with lively entertainment from the (Heritage Lottery Funded) South Downs Song Project singers to hands-on learning and fun activities, and the Spring Fair promises to beat the worst of the weather with something for everyone to enjoy.
Major partners for the Transition Worthing Spring Fair this year are Southern Water, the Co-Operative South East, the Fish Factory restaurant as well as Worthing Allotment holders.
Entry is just £2.00 per adult, free entry for children accompanied by an adult.
For more information see http://transitiontownworthing.ning.com/