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Wakefield Council

You Are What You Ate

Festival attendance

Basket of vegetables at Sandal Castle event 2010

Over the course of the project, we have run a stall at a number of fairs and festivals in Yorkshire throughout each year. On the stall we displayed a wide range of seasonal fruits and vegetables which children were encouraged to touch and smell. Nutritional research suggests that children need regular exposure to unfamiliar foods before they will eat them. We had a cook in period costume at some of these festival stalls who prepared five or six dishes during the day for members of the public to taste. Some of the dishes were analysed for their nutritional content. We also had children's activities on offer, for example making medieval spice bags using mortar and pestle.

Examples of events we have attended are: the Festival of Food, Drink and Rhubarb in Wakefield in February, the Pontefract Liquorice Festival in July, Leeds Loves Food in the summer, as well as one-off medieval fairs.

Try out some of the recipes we have used at past festivals by clicking on the following links:
Archaeology Day, Manor Lodge, Sheffield (June 2011)
Leeds Loves Food (July 2011)
Pontefract Liquorice Festival (July 2011)
Castleford Market (November 2011)
Medieval winter (December 2011)
Leeds Loves Food (May 2012)
Pontefract Liquorice Festival (July 2012)
Playfest, Eureka! Halifax (August 2012)
Castleford Market (December 2012)
Wakefield Museum (March 2013)
Kirkgate Market (May 2013)
Making Leeds Medieval (July 2013)
Pontefract Liquorice Festival (July 2013)
Festival of Food, Drink and Rhubarb (February 2014)
Pontefract Liquorice Festival(July 2014)

Although the project funding from the Wellcome Trust has come to an end, it may still be possible for You Are What You Ate to attend future festivals in the Yorkshire area. If you have funding available for us to attend your festival, please contact us.

Please click on events for more information on our festival attendance and other activities, or contact us.