Fork to Fork Festival to take place at primary school in Kensal Rise

Fork To Fork Festival will take place on June 13

Fork To Fork Festival will take place on June 13 - Credit: Archant

Two female entrepreneurs are launching a food festival with a difference in Kensal Rise to raise funds for a school project.

Laura Harper-Hinton

Laura Harper-Hinton - Credit: Archant

The first Fork to Fork Festival is the brainchild of Thomasina Miers, 39, MasterChef winner and co-founder of Mexican restaurant group Wahaca, and Laura Harper-Hinton, 37, co-founder and creative director of Caravan all-day restaurants and specialty coffee business Caravan Coffee Roasters.

The event at Ark Franklin Primary Academy in Harvist Road, will raise funds in support of the Open Air Classroom project which will launch at the school following the festival.

Research from edible garden projects in the US and Australia shows that creative outdoor spaces have a huge benefit in developing children, particularly those with behavioural differences.

Ms Harper-Hinton said: “West London does not have any food festivals, so we’re really excited to bring some delicious food to the area and bring the community together for a great cause.”

Thomasina Miers, Masterchef winner and founder of Wahaca restaurant group is a co-founder of the Fo

Thomasina Miers, Masterchef winner and founder of Wahaca restaurant group is a co-founder of the Fork To Food Festival - Pic credit: Tara Fisher. Photo taken from Chilli Notes published by Hodder & Stoughton - Credit: Archant

The one-day festival will feature chef demos, talks and tastings, food and produce stalls, a bar serving craft beer, wine and gin, a secret picnic garden, a world fete, live music and numerous children’s activities.


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The event will bring together some of London’s most talented and creative chefs, restaurateurs and producers.

Ms Harper-Hinton, who plans to send her two children to the school, added: “At Franklin, we want to teach the students about healthy eating which will hopefully lead to the reduction of obesity.

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“The hope is to use elements of what we’ve done at Franklin to other schools around London. This is our first project of many, and the festival was a great way to do something for the kids’ benefit while also doing something based in our own industry.”

Tickets for the event on June 13 are £5 presale or £8 on the day. Children under 12 are free.

For more information or to book tickets visit franklinforktofork.com.

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