Tandem Festival: Soil, Tickets and Insect Workshops!

Man – despite his artistic pretensions, his sophistication, and his many accomplishments – owes his existence to a six inch layer of topsoil and the fact it rains”. 

Running from 19-21st June 2015 in Hillend, Oxfordshire, Tandem Festival aims to bring about eco-friendliness and the arts to new audiences, while celebrating vibrant cultures from across Europe.

In essence, it grounds man’s artistic achievements and dynamic forms of of creativity (music, poetry, workshops, dance…) by combining it with an appreciation of nature, sustainability and culture.

There is still time to buy tickets either just for a day or for the whole festival, so check out the events and music schedule and get booking 🙂


They also write an InTandem magazine, soon to be published on the 20th June, which gathers art, poetry, photography and music celebrating a particular theme together in both a printed and online magazine. This year the theme is soil, aptly reflecting the quote above and relating to the wider United Nations’ International Year of the Soil.
For this, I wrote a piece on the practice of eating soil, or geophagy, setting out to socialise rather than stigmatise this intriguing culinary tradition. You can read the article here. 


Insect workshop Tandem festival
As part of the Tandem Festival, I have teamed up with two lovely ladies, Annie and Charlotte, to deliver a workshop on edible insects. The description is as follows:

Entomophagy, or the practice of eating insects, is a tradition steeped in environmental diversity, cultural and culinary heritage. It is also one linked to particular emotive reactions, ranging from revulsion to reverence. Increasingly, edible insects are framed as part of a solution to addressing health and sustainability, climate and natural resource challenges in our globalised world. 

We want to reflect on this in our own unique way, telling an interactive story behind these delicious critters. The 1.5 hour workshop will explore the above themes, along with offer the opportunity to experiment with some hands-on insect cuisine – sponsored by Tsukahara, a small Japanese family enterprise specializing in wild foods – and the chance to win a unique insect product.

The workshop will take place on Sunday 21st June from 11am – 12.30pm. If you would like to come and see us speak, please do so!
The talk itself is open to everyone, and there are 20 spaces for the tasting session (sign up on the day). I am sure the excitement of watching these twenty lucky people get to grips with insect cooking will be enough to make your Sunday morning 🙂

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