A celebration of harvest in Bridford
Every year in Bridford, Devon, local veg growers, allotment-tenders, cooks and foragers gather at The Bridford Growers’ Feast. Friends and neighbours are invited to join in this annual celebration of ultra-local food.
In autumn 2016, we headed along for a taste of the action and we captured in photos the lead-up to the event.
A small wooden sign, nailed to a tree, tells visitors that this is Whippletree Farm. The farm provides much of the feast’s produce.
A happy pig raises its muddy nose, sniffing for something more to eat. He offers a friendly smile.
"Bunting is hung...and the feast is underway."
A man pulls spring onions out of the ground in preparation for the feast.
Three baskets of vibrant produce are ready for the big event. The first basket is an edible rainbow of sorts.
A box of green and yellow delights – apples, courgettes and globe artichokes – wait to be transformed into a wonderful feast.
delicious. drinks editor Susy Atkins scoops the middles out of baby squashes. They’ll then be filled with a creme fraiche and leek stuffing.
Fresh young herbs are crammed into a tiny food processor. A drizzle here, a dollop there, the pesto will add colour to any dish.
"A drizzle here, a dollop there, the pesto will add colour to any dish."
Balls of fresh flaked trout, butter, mustard, cream and dill sit on a bed of flour. They’re soon to become crispy trout croquettes.
A spring onion tart fresh from the oven. Sweet, creamy and incredibly flaky, it’ll be gone in moments.
The bunting is hung and the feast is underway. A teenage girl lends a helping hand by serving bowls of warming soup.