About sixty people came to the Food Durham Annual Gathering at Collingwood College in Durham in mid March 2019 to hear about the progress of the County Durham Food Partnership over the past few years. Food Partnership Manager Dr Liz Charles described the journey of Food Durham since its inception around 2008.  It was a very appropriate time to do so as Liz is retiring at the end of March 2019 to spend more time on her smallholding where she grows vegetables for sale.

Liz’s presentation was followed by an item on the Durham Veg Cities campaign and TaylorShaw Kitchen Manager Pip Moreton wowed the audience with an overview of her work to encourage children in Brooms Primary School in Leadgate to engage with food and to get them to eat more vegetables and waste less food.

The keynote speaker was Professor Mike Hamm of the Center for Regional Food Systems at Michigan State University. Mike talked about Community Food Systems in a global context.

The presentations from all the speakers can be seen here.

The food at the end of the event was absolutely fabulous and a showcase of the skills of the Durham University Catering team.