Food heritage festival showcases Enfield’s history

Enfield residents are being invited to a food exhibition that will be touring the borough in the coming months.

The Enfield to Fork exhibition will run from Saturday 3 July to Friday 1 October. It has been organised by the Museum of Enfield and will provide an overview of food heritage in Enfield.

Enfield has a history of producing flour and a wide variety of fruit and vegetables, as well as acres of farmland.

The free outdoor display will showcase the history of food in Enfield; including industry, Dig For Victory, farming, market gardening and the formation of Enfield Market.

The exhibition will offer an insight into some of Enfield’s well-known food businesses such as Wright’s Flour Mill in Ponders End, Belling and Forty Hall Farm.

The importance of the Enfield Foodbank and The Felix Project, a London-based food redistribution charity that tackles food waste and hunger, will be highlighted in the exhibition.

Visitors will be able to view 18 panels containing a mixture of graphics, text and images that will provide a taste of the borough’s food heritage; and at the same time raise awareness of the Enfield Museum which is located at the Dugdale Centre in London Road, Enfield Town.

Residents can look forward to Enfield to Fork activities including two days of art workshops from local artist Lisa Howes of Art Stop. There will also be a range of free activities to download and do at home, available on the museum’s website.

On Sunday 8 August, Forty Hall will see a day of and wine tasting, a beekeeper’s talk, farmers market and a vineyard tour.

Other highlights include an illustrated talk about the Ferme Ornee (ornamental farm) and a visit from the Forty Hall cook and Lady Rainton.

Councillor Ian Barnes, Deputy Leader of Enfield Council, said: “I’m very much looking forward to visiting the Enfield to Fork exhibition. I hope many residents and visitors to the borough will join me to learn more and celebrate the history of food in Enfield.

“Culture connects us and whether through professional or grassroots activity, or within our individual lives, our families or communities, creativity supports our wellbeing, helps us feel we belong and enables us to reflect on the world.

“Exhibitions like Enfield to Fork help to bring communities together to share our experiences and varied heritage and interests which are central to making Enfield a vibrant, distinctive and healthy place to live and work in.”

The Enfield Food to Fork exhibition schedule (9am – 5pm):

  • Grovelands Park – Saturday 3 to Friday 9 July
  • Broomfield Park – Saturday 10 to Friday 16 July
  • Trent Park – Saturday 17 to Friday 23 July
  • Enfield Town Library Green – Saturday 24 July to Friday 6 August
  • Forty Hall Courtyard – Saturday 7 to Sunday 22 August
  • Edmonton Green Shopping Centre – Monday 23 August to Friday 10 September
  • Pymmes Park – Saturday 11 to Sunday 19 September
  • Enfield Island Village – Monday 20 September to Friday 1 October