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Dear Friends whom I have not seen for far too long! I felt it was only fair to write and tell you why... well its because of this festival I have been organising...

THE WEST NORWOOD SLOW FOOD FESTIVAL! SATURDAY MARCH 31st - SAVE THE DATE!

YUP only I would be mad enough to take on a council initiative to run a slow food festival on a high street where there are 27 fast food restaurants(do they call them restaurants?).. anyway myself and my collaborator Sarah Coursey have been working a bit too hard actually to make sure that it is a fantastic event..

Take a look at the website, www.westnorwoodslowfoodfestival.co.uk book a place at the Big Breakfast with Suzy's fantastic cooking crew and our own homegrown celebrity the lovely Jason White from the BBC"s Great British Bake off, bigslowfoodbreakfast.eventbrite.com

I f you can't make breakfast come to their afternoon tea fortnum and mason style In a marquee outside Beamish&McGlue: www.slowfoodafternoontea.eventbrite.com

The fabulous Kirk of Volcano Coffee fame has halved the cost of his coffee roasting workshops for the event so book here: www.eventbrite.com/event/2902981897

And last but not least... in fact this is gonna be the bomb... Blanch&Shock, East London bespoke food design and catering company, will be transforming the church into our very own pop-up dinner, Raise Your Forks and Light The Candles The evening will feature a 4-course menu, totally original and surprising choices, slow food and totally gourmet, and we have special surprise musical guests. There are only 60 seats so please book cos its gonna be great; yes fine dining WILL come to West Norwood!

AND Ceri Buck of Invisible Food is doing two foraging walks, Rosie Lovell is giving a talk, Mpho from the relay tea rooms is doing a live performance, The Vicar is doing a cooking demo as are Jayne Totty of Supernourshed, Rachel de Thample of "Less Meat More Veg" and Kevin Helas from The Soup Kitchen and and and...

Well Florian Seipert will be there talking about Pork Trips... check him out, and The Wallaboks are coming and so are BRINDISA!

There will be live music, loads of foraging and lots of delicious delicious food stalls... oh and did I mention The Alchemist.... she makes cocktails... good ones apparently..

Oh and I have hired a couple clowns and a giant beehive to keep the kids entertained.. so whats your excuse!!!! I will only accept pre booked transatlantic flights as a viable excuse!!

ho ho ho and lots of love and really really hope to see you there... and if not soon after as I will be far less busy.

oh and one last thing... will you like us on Facebook pleeeeeease?! and follow us on twitter... @WNslowfoodfest or @beamishmcglue

Casey&Antonia