Field to Fork Festival – the ecology of your food

The BES and the Royal Entomological Society are jointly presenting a range of talks and activities to introduce the public to the role of ecology in providing a sustainable future for food.

In celebration of all things food and farming, this free one-day festival brings together farmers, food producers and scientists to showcase the incredible efforts and innovations behind producing our favourite foods. Through hands-on interactive activities and talks, visitors will explore the remarkable journey food makes from fields to our forks, and learn about the future of sustainable and healthy farming.

The programme of activities can be found here

Highlights include:

  • Future foods – insect nation: an interactive session exploring how insects are the sustainable food solution we need. Insect expert Dr Chris Jeffs and Chef Chris Burt will be cooking up a range of delicious bites packed full of insects for a live audience.
  • Glow in the dark insects: How do “insect raves” help us to grow organic food? Using fluorescent powder and UV torches, visitors will investigate how insects move and interact, and learn how this helps us protect our crops from pesky pests.
  • Hold an insect: From pollination to pest control, insects play an important role in farming. This exhibit gives visitors the unique opportunity to get up close and personal by handling live insects and learning more about their hidden lives.
  • Live Hive: Did you know many bumblebees live underground? Live Hive brings to the surface a real bumblebee hive to reveal the secret world of our most beloved insects, and explains how thousands of insect species are vital pollinators for our food.
  • Wheel of farming misfortune: After creating their dream farm full of fruit, veg and livestock, visitors will spin the ‘wheel of farming misfortune’ to experience the challenges (e.g. flooding, pests and drought) facing our farmers. They will learn from our experts about the complexities of balancing food production and environmental protection.

The event runs from 10:00am-5:00pm

Register for free here

There is no parking available at Harper Adams University Campus, but visitors can park at the Newport Showground, Chetwynd Deer Park, TF10 8EU for £5 per car, and a free shuttle bus will transport you from there to the festival.

Please contact Chris Jeffs with any general queries, or Emma Eastcott for media queries.