How do you go about feeding 1,000 mouths?

Last year an event called ‘1,000 mouths’ was held in Nancarrow Farm, Cornwall. In support of Action Against Hunger, the concept is to feed 1,000 people. The guests are fed over the course of 12 feasts held during the four nights of the festival, using the meat from a single bullock reared on Nancarrow Farm.

 

We were lucky enough to attend and observe how meat can be enjoyed with little waste. Take a long look at the behind-the-scenes action, including the beautiful recipes that were served, in photos taken by Ross Talling.

How do you go about feeding 1,000 mouths?

The wonderful winding country road that leads to Nancarrow Farm.

Nancarrow Farm
Photography by Ross Talling

 

 

The bullock is from the traditional Red Devon breed. Here, a herd are roaming the green pastures of Nancarrow Farm.

Nancarrow Farm
Photography by Ross Talling

 

 

The meat is cooked until tender over a pit of coals and smoking wood. Vegetables are nestled alongside.

A vast wooden table spans a candlelit room. The table is set, waiting for the arrival of its guests. The first of the 12 feasts is almost underway.

Nancarrow Farm
Photography by Ross Talling

 

 

Guest of the third feast dined outside in a rustic courtyard surrounded by greenery and flowers. The guests listen attentively as the menu is being explained.

Nancarrow Farm
Photography by Adam Sargent

 

 

The meat is cooked until tender over a pit of coals and smoking wood. Vegetables are nestled alongside.

Nancarrow Farm
Photography by Ross Talling

 

 

One of the chefs hard at work, preparing food for the masses. Guests watch on, hungry with anticipation.

Nancarrow Farm
Photography by Ross Talling

It’s time to feast.

Here the beef is seen hanging over a fire. It will be cooked until seared and then served to the people. The feast is about to begin.

Nancarrow Farm
Photography by Adam Sargent

 

 

Hanging beef is served, sharing-style, alongside creamy spelt, seasonal greens and truffled salad cream. It’s time to feast.

Nancarrow Farm
Photography by Adam Sargent

 

 

A long, successful night draws to a close. The 1,000 mouths have been fed, the people happy, the chefs exhausted and everyone is ready for a good night’s sleep.

Nancarrow Farm
Photography by Adam Sargent

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