NEXT WEEK London will play host to the first Urban Food Week.
The event has been organised to highlight the importance of buying and eating local food, as well as raise the profile of urban growing and planting forage for bees.
During the week, restaurants, cafés, bars and pubs across the city will be showcasing dishes and drinks made with ultra-local fruit, vegetables and herbs from urban farms, and from London honey cultivated in community beehives.
Over 30 restaurants, growers and beekeepers, plus lots of other urban food businesses and organisations, are already signed up to take part. The Table Café, St Ermins Hotel and Platterform at The Skyroom are among those signed up.
This produce is about as local as food gets, with many of the gardens and beehives within a few hundred metres, and sometimes even on the rooftops of the restaurants, said Kelly Parsons from the Ethical Eats restaurant network. There is an amazing range of international foods to choose from in London, but its just as important to celebrate our carrots from Battersea, lettuce from Kings Cross, and honey from Old Street.