French connection develops via shared language of food

Francois, left, Lars and Jean-Michel Rouillay, from Incredible Edible France, visit Todmorden
Francois, left, Lars and Jean-Michel Rouillay, from Incredible Edible France, visit Todmorden

A FOOD sustainability group has been developing its French connection.

After reading about Incredible Edible Todmorden’s projects online, a party of three visitors from France arrived in town to find out more about the group’s work.

The trio came for a three day trip to learn all about IET and visit the places they had seen on the group’s website.

Francois Rouillay joined IET members to meet TV gardener Diarmuid Gavin for coffee in The Bear at the launch of the Morrisons Incredible Edible voucher scheme, where he shared the news of what is happening across the channel,

Estelle Brown, of IET, said: “Francois told us that he is contacted by a new group wanting to be ‘Incredible Edible’ every day.

“Todmorden is rapidly becoming well known all over France and we are seeing many more visitors as a result, which is all good for the town’s economy, bed and breakfasts, restaurants and shops.

“There is no language barrier to shared experience or shared food. Warmth and kindness don’t always need words, so not always grasping what each other was saying was not a problem.”

During their stay, the French trio visited Incredible Edible Growing Ltd at Walsden, some of the community orchards and other growing sites so they could take back firsthand knowledge of Todmorden.

“We are learning a lot from each other and have invited them to come over and join us for our harvest festival on September 30 so we can learn even more,” Estelle said.