Lights, camera and a feast of food at our harvest home

There was a feast of food on show at the Incredible Edible harvest festival in Todmorden.

Hundreds of hungry visitors were in attendance on Todmorden Green, including TV chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, who was filming for the latest in his River Cottage series.

Crowds at the Incredible Edible Harvest Festival on Todmorden Green

Crowds at the Incredible Edible Harvest Festival on Todmorden Green

He said: “I love coming to Todmorden and it’s a fantastic day.

“It’s great to have the local community here tucking into some beautiful food.

“It’s a national movement now and it’s bigger and better here than anywhere else.

“It seems like it’s got the support of pretty much the whole of Todmorden by the looks of it.

“If you feel the food you’re eating comes from your community it makes it taste better.

“It’s a backlash against the globalisation of food and the plastic packaging - the best food comes right from the heart of the community.

“Todmorden understands that better than anywhere else in the country.”

There were stalls from Friends of the Earth, the Scouts and Todmorden in Bloom as well as live music, woodcarving by Blackback Woodland Management and apple pressing.

Charlotte Buisseret flew over from Belgium for the event to make waffles.

“It’s great - a wonderful event. It showcases the simplicity of food and there are some lovely foods on show. We’re delighted to be a part of it,” she said.

Estelle Brown, Incredible Edible communications leader, said: “This year we thought we’d break with tradition and have it in Todmorden Green.

“Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall came to our first event and we’re delighted he came back to cook for us again for his TV show.

“This is the biggest and best year we’ve had and it’s great to see the green so busy with people and hopefully it will have benefited the market as well.”

Incredible Farm apprentice Jed Forward was also offering his range of preserves at the event after receiving help from the Walsden-based project.

He said: “I’ve been trying to build up my skills and start my own food business, either launching it within the farm or on my own.

“It’s the first batch that’s been available to the public and the response has been really good so far.

“Hopefully I can pump any profits I make back into the farm to help educate more young people.

“It’s great to get to this stage and have people taste the products. The farm has been invaluable and has equipped me so well to get into a land based job.”