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The Future of Food in Otley (and beyond) Workshops


Tuesday 11th and 25th July, 6:30-9pm, Otley Methodist Church


Join us at the Otley Food Workshops, two dynamic and engaging events that aim to shape the future of our community's culinary landscape.

Delve into the current food scene during two interactive sessions - 11th and 25th of July 2023 6:30-9pm. During each session, enjoy a complimentary dinner, listen to talks by successful Leeds community food groups and share your experiences and ideas during group discussions.

These sessions will be led by Rachel Jones, who is currently undertaking her MSc Sustainable Cities at the University of Leeds. This research, as well as creating recommendations for the future of food in Otley, will form part of her dissertation project.

In the first session, we invite you to share your experiences, opinions, and aspirations regarding our town's food options. We'll discuss food buying and cooking habits, identify areas for improvement, and gather your ideas for enhancing our future foodscape.

We will start the workshop at 6:30pm with free vegan food from Otley's very own Green Door Catering Company.

We will also have a guest talk from Pete Tatham, the project coordinator for Hyde Park Source. They work in Leeds improving health & wellbeing through improving the environment, through community gardens, design & build and outdoor education projects. A lot of this work involves food - growing, cooking, eating and designing edible spaces. Pete will be giving an overview of the different ways they work with food in their projects as well as the wider community food movement in Leeds. Hyde Park Source are also the 'Nature Transition Partner' for Climate Action Leeds.


In the second session, Tuesday the 25th of July, we'll explore the profound connection between food and community and discuss Otley's community and food groups. Finally, we'll envision an ideal community food growing site, considering its physical aspects, organizational structure, and purpose. We will also have another exciting guest speaker from a local community farm.


Don't miss this opportunity to make a difference! Join us for a fun and engaging evening that combines great food, inspiring conversations, and the chance to contribute to a sustainable and thriving Otley. Reserve your spot now!



This event is hosted by Otley 2030 whose goal is to make Otley a carbon-zero, sustainable and fair town by the 2030s, and to ensure that this transition is made in a just and democratic way, involving all areas of our local community. As part of this they look to work with local education institutes to give young people the chance to interact with real world issues and work on solutions to help them create a thriving future.

This project is supported by the University of Leeds and Leeds City Council.

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