On Friday 2nd September 2016, volunteers from award-winning Community Interest Company (CIC) People and Gardens, will be taking over Knightor Winery near St Austell to create a unique feast of home-grown food.
Bookings can now be made for the supper, which will feature produce grown at Watering Lane Nursery, Pentewan (including heirloom tomatoes, heritage carrots, kale, herbs, salad leaves and pea shoots) as well as other local ingredients; an optional drinks flight will be available, including Fowey Valley Cider, Knightor wines and a Vermouth cocktail.
People and Gardens volunteers will be helping to cook and serve the food, alongside the Knightor kitchen and events team.
All profits from the event will be reinvested into the People and Gardens project, which is currently fundraising to buy new equipment and increase capacity.
People and Gardens was established in 1997 with the aim of helping people with learning disabilities or emotional impairments to develop work and social skills, and to gain confidence as individuals with a lot to offer their community.
Founders Ken and Lorraine Radford hit on gardening as a method of achieving a sense of well-being, self-worth and satisfaction – whilst producing an array of healthy fruit and vegetables for participants and the public to enjoy.
People and Gardens grow plants and bulbs for the Eden Project for use in plantings and displays, and also run a successful veg box scheme in the St Austell area.
Ken Radford, Founder and Manager at People and Gardens, said:
“People and Gardens was created to enable the disadvantaged to have equal opportunity and choice, both within their working lives, and in fulfilling their social aspirations and needs. The event at Knightor will show how this belief can be put into practice, and have positive consequences for those involved.”
He added: “It will enable our volunteers to step out of their comfort zones, and open doors to real participation and presence within society. We are all very excited about it and are very grateful to everyone at Knightor for partnering with us to make this possible. It shows a real sense of social responsibility on their part.”
Adrian Derx, Owner of Knightor Winery, is looking forward to the event: “We are big fans of the People and Gardens project and are really pleased to be able to work with the team there. This event brings together great local food and drink, good company, and an inspiring cause. We’re expecting tickets to sell out, so book now!”
Tickets are £30 per person for a 5 course feast and welcome drink; the event starts at 6.30.
For more information on all Knightor events this summer, visit www.knightor.com/feast-nights.