Last week we packed up the Riverford Yurt, our Human Veg Machine and more and made our way to the small Welsh town of Abergavenny to what can only be described as the Glastonbury of all food festivals.
We set up camp in the gorgeous Linda Vista Gardens and spent the weekend inspiring people of all ages to Live Life on the Veg with us.
The yurt was home to Master Veg cooking classes where Ben showed attendees how to turn a brimming box of veg into an inspirational organic feast.
Our I Can Eat a Rainbow classes were a big hit with the little ones, where they made beautiful fruit and veg rainbows (and ate lots of “carrot rain” and fennel slices in the process!)
Close by at the demo area Head Chef at The Duke of Cambridge, Peter, wowed the crowds with his ‘cooking veg over fire’ show. Festival-goers watched on as Peter made charred lettuce and cucumber, ash cooked beetroot with charred orange, and queued in large numbers after to try his veg creations.
It was a full house for Guy’s appearance at the Great Farmyard Debate where he sat with Professor Tim Lang, John Davies from NFU Cymru and farmer Kate Beavan for an informal yet intellectual discussion on what agriculture may look like post-Brexit.
It’s safe to say however that the hit of the weekend was our Human Veg Machine. We made a lot of noise with whistles, the giant carrot bell and horns and played match the veg with hundreds of contestants eager to win Riverford prizes. We thought we were in a spot of trouble and making too much noise when we saw three police women approaching, but they just couldn’t resist a go either!
Yet again our weekend at Abergavenny was inspiring, fun and totally exhausting. The energy when a group of fantastic British producers, food journalists and food lovers come together in a beautiful location is infectious. We’re already looking forward to the next! Thanks to all who came and visited us during the weekend.
This summer, we were joined at the farm by Maddie – our first IT intern, from Bristol University. In her last week, she wrote about her experiences with us…
Almost as soon as I left home for university I became a Riverford customer. I was delighted by their ethical stance and their product. Eva Wiseman, a columnist at the Guardian, said receiving her veg box made her ‘feel a bit loved’ and I felt the same about my weekly veg delivery. So naturally, I was thrilled to spend the summer working as a software developer at Riverford.
The projects I worked on were just as novel. One of which was automatically generating recommendations for the website. This involved strategically weighting statistics for popularity, seasonality and similarity to produce sensible product recommendations. I hope this feature offers a source of inspiration to customers whilst alleviating the burden for those tasked with curating these recommendations manually.
I am very grateful for my time at Riverford. I had the opportunity to work alongside exceptionally skilled developers who are passionate about their craft. What’s more, I leave this week with the same admiration for Riverford’s business ethic that I arrived with. It has been a pleasure to work with highly motivated people to further the prospects of a business with a proven commitment to the planet and its people.
Thank you, Maddie! It’s been wonderful having you with us!
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