By Christel Hernalesteen, Borough Market Officer
It was another lovely meeting at the Borough Belles on a sunny evening in June.
As you may know the Borough Belles have a longstanding partnership with Borough Market, which is just a stone’s throw away, and we have come together to organise another meeting as the last one was already two years ago.
Borough Market came bearing gifts for all and delighted us with a very interesting topic for our meeting.
We all received a Borough Market apron, which we proudly put on for a Borough Market partnership picture.
As usual our president Muireann started the meeting by briefing us on upcoming events and news.
David Matchett, Market Development Manager at Borough Market, gave a brief introduction followed by an explanation of the position of Borough Market in the food world: from the exceptional retail offer to the role they play in sustainable practice and how they connect and engage to keep the discussion fresh.
The discussion was then lead by Shane Holland, Executive Chair of Slow Food in the UK, who talked about food values and the issues that affect us all and how food production not only shapes our landscape but also keeps communities and villages alive. Shane walked us through all the different initiatives his organisation takes: teaching people how to cook, empowering women, growing gardens at schools and teaching children to cook the produce they have grown.
Then Nadia Stokes, Founder/Director of Gourmet Goat, came to talk about her experiences of setting up a business which is grounded in ethical roots. She showed us pictures of her upbringing in Cyprus and spoke about her special bond with her grandmother with whom she spent many hours cooking and tending a vineyard and orchard. Nadia shared her experience of coming to the UK and missing all the special produce that marked her childhood and her desire to pass on that heritage.
These presentations were then concluded with a very interesting Q&A. The dessert table was stocked with the most delicious bakes, brought by our members and a GINORMOUS brownie brought by Borough Market from Bread Ahead. Every member then received an information pack about all the wonders of the Borough Market.