River Cottage is 20yrs old

River Cottage is 20 years old

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and the River Cottage team will be celebrating their 20th birthday during 2019 with a full diary of events, feasts and cookery courses - and the River Cottage Food Fair - Sat 25 May to Sun 26 May 2019.

From the first series ‘Escape to River Cottage’ which hit TV screens in 1999, Hugh - chef, broadcaster, campaigner and writer has championed food provenance and sustainability, not only through his media work but at River Cottage HQ on the Dorset/Devon border. 

Hugh says: "When I began renting the original River Cottage - a tiny lock-keeper’s cottage near Netherbury in Dorset – it was simply meant to be a bolt-hole from London. But that idyllic place soon got under my skin. Before long, I was inspired to leave the city altogether and seek out a more self-sufficient and sustainable way of life in the West Country.

“Those early days fired me with a desire to get closer to the source of the ingredients I chose for myself and my family, to reject the mass-production of food and the intensification of farming and to respect the environment I lived in. These ideals have guided me ever since, informing my writing, my broadcasting and my campaigning, from the first River Cottage Cookbook, to my Fish Fight and War on Waste campaigns.

It’s a quest I’ve been delighted to share with the many wonderful and talented people who have become part of the River Cottage story over the last two decades. I’ve learned so much from them - and been privileged to share that knowledge with the legions of viewers, readers, supporters and guests without whom none of this could happen.

Thanks to this spirit of collaboration, River Cottage has become a truly collective enterprise. As we celebrate our 20th birthday this year, I am unbelievably proud of what, together, we have achieved – our cookery school and smallholding, our many TV series and award-winning books, our restaurants, and our trailblazing, law-changing campaigns.

We have exciting plans for the future, of course. And we look forward to sharing them with you. At their core will always be our unshakeable commitment to honouring and respecting the source of our food; to resisting its industrialisation, and the devastation of our planet that so often entails; and above all to celebrating the deliciousness of food prepared with love, from ingredients grown with respect, by people who care." 

River Cottage Food Fair

Saturday 25 May – Sunday 26 May 2019


Tickets £15, under 16’s go FREE

River Cottage HQ, Trinity Hill Road, Axminster, Devon EX13 8TB

web: www.rivercottage.net/foodfair

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Posted on 15 May 2019 by MinE Team

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