Radical Bakers 2018 report

Radical bakers 2018 wasn’t very radical, unless you count learning how to do things for yourself as radical… There were a range of practical skill based workshops. We had sourdough, baking, brewing, fermenting, infusions, ointments, cold remedies, textiles, woodworking, mushrooms, foraging, a team bake-off and loads more…

The event sold out at 120 adult tickets and made a small profit in the first year. The people who came were really relaxed and friendly and when we went to clear up, it took 3 of us about half an hour. The camping field was spotless with no bits of plastic. Most people sorted their own recycling and Stu, who recycles everything for us, said it was a pleasure.

The workshops were well attended and engagement was high. We had a few people drop out at the last minute and their workshops were covered by volunteers who all did a great job. We encourage shared learning with others rather than top-down teaching. There was a hands-on element to most of the workshops.

The Bake-off was on the Sunday and was won by the Community Kids. People got the chance to use heritage organic flours and wood-burning ovens to bake bread and cakes. There were drop-in baking sessions all day Fri and Sat with a dedicated team keeping the ovens going. There were some amazing Sourdough breads and some mouth-watering cakes made.

The food from Shakira and her crew was very good and served with joy. A lot of the fresh stuff was locally sourced and it all tasted amazing. Her crew worked really hard and were totally into delivering good food. They were knowledgeable and friendly. We sold meal tickets and approximately 2/3 of people bought them. This meant that we had about 140 eating including crew.

Issues we had were fairly limited:

    Lots of people came by car and/or wanted campervan places. In order to encourage public transport use next year, we will be making a lift-share page and running a shuttle service from Shrewsbury train station
    Somebody emptied their chemical toilet down the compost loos. 🙁 I have updated the website FAQs and ticket T&Cs and Crabapple have put up signage. Hopefully the damage is limited.

Next year we hope to have more workshops connecting practical skills and action with the wider political environment. We will be improving the fermenting area with some hands-on demos. We will also be expanding the Farming and forestry thread as well as more herbalism. I am inviting people to submit ideas for workshops by email to hello@radicalbakers.org – Our basic offering is a fully catered ticket and up to £50 travel expenses per workshop, but this is negotiable.

Crabapple Community have confirmed the dates for next year. 13-16th June 2019. Crabapple event field is full of mature trees and wildlife, with properly working composting toilets. The residents have been really supportive and people who attended respected their boundaries. Thanks to everyone who came, it was an enabling and energising weekend.

Tickets on sale for next year HERE.