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 celebration of harvest in Bridford

A small wooden sign, nailed to a tree, tells visitors that this is Whippletree Farm. The farm provides much of the feast’s produce.

Whipple Tree Farm sign
Photography by Paul Mitchell and Kate Whitaker

Pig looking through a gate
Photography by Paul Mitchell and Kate Whitaker

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.

Man picking spring onions
Photography by Paul Mitchell and Kate Whitaker

Three baskets of vibrant produce are ready for the big event. The first basket is an edible rainbow of sorts.

Boxes of bright produce
Photography by Paul Mitchell and Kate Whitaker

A box of green and yellow delights – apples, courgettes and globe artichokes – wait to be transformed into a wonderful feast.

Courgettes and artichokes in a box
Photography by Paul Mitchell and Kate Whitaker

delicious. drinks editor Susy Atkins scoops the middles out of baby squashes. They’ll then be filled with a creme fraiche and leek stuffing.

Susy Atkins
Photography by Paul Mitchell and Kate Whitaker

Fresh young herbs are crammed into a tiny food processor. A drizzle here, a dollop there, the pesto will add colour to any dish.

Herbs in a mixer
Photography by Paul Mitchell and Kate Whitaker

"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.

Trout quenelles
Photography by Paul Mitchell and Kate Whitaker

 

A spring onion tart fresh from the oven. Sweet, creamy and incredibly flaky, it’ll be gone in moments.

Spring onion tart
Photography by Paul Mitchell and Kate Whitaker

 

The bunting is hung and the feast is underway. A teenage girl lends a helping hand by serving bowls of warming soup.

Teenage girl with soups
Photography by Paul Mitchell and Kate Whitaker

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