Dozens respond to creative food project request

Herring Fair 2014, Hastings.'Photos by Frank Copper SUS-140311-112158001
Herring Fair 2014, Hastings.'Photos by Frank Copper SUS-140311-112158001

Dozens of people have signed up for a unique food project following the Hastings Herring Fair.

The Brighton and Sussex Universities Food Network (BSUFN) asked people to try a range of creative techniques to suggest ideas for the project – and more Hastings people have joined than was expected.

Abigail Wincott, from the University of Brighton, said: “We have had a fantastic response.

“Perhaps predictably for a town which punches above its weight in terms of creativity and energy, around two dozen people have already signed up to join in the project.

“They bring diverse interests and specialisms including those who want to re-discover foraging skills, parents worried by mixed messages about what to feed their children, and local historians and artists.”

“We’ve got a lot of interest in local – local food, local businesses. But also a lot of different ideas and we can’t do them all. So we have to make some decision.

“Hastings Bites Back is unusual in being completely open to anyone with an interest in food, and the final topic, research question and methods will be decided by the group.

“There will be challenges, but the beauty of an open project is we can tap into all the expertise and creativity of the local community. That might mean some people researching the history of an industry, others interviewing consumers and others taking these ideas and making art out of them. It will all come together at the end.”

The group will meet shortly to plan next steps and there will be workshops and talks in the new year. The project is part of a wider agenda to encourage more people from outside the university to take an active and leading role in setting the food research agenda in East Sussex.

For more information on the project and to sign up to be part of it, go to: http://bsufn.com/2015/09/21/hastings-bites-back/.

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