Leeds nostalgia: ‘Past food’ is also fas food

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A former Leeds businessman is helping give Yorkshire folk a real taste of history.

Matthew Lockwood, who runs Lockwood’s restaurant, Ripon and cut his teeth at Babylon and Manrai in Leeds, has launched a pop-up food event with a difference.

It’s being billed as ‘a taste of history without the gruel.’ The latest event took place on July 25 at the kitchen garden at the Ripon Workhouse Museum for its Summer Heritage Food Festival but more are planned.

Matthew and his team of chefs cooked up a feast with the lovingly grown produce from the garden, for over 50 hungry guests.

The Summer Food Festival celebrated all the crops historically cultivated when the museum was a home to unfortunate paupers back in the 1800s. The festival concluded with a pop-up restaurant in the kitchen.

Matthew said: “The festival serves up mouth-watering food all lovingly grown by the volunteers at the Workhouse Museum. It is fantastic to have such a local supplier, allowing us to cook with unusual heritage fruit, veg and salad providing food from pitchfork to fork on the same day.

“The rain held off and the sun even came out last night, and everyone tucked into our large wooden sharing platters. This was about showcasing the crops grown here and coming together to enjoy freshly cooked food, al fresco.”

The festival has continued to grow, having returned since 2012 by popular demand. It is now one of the highlights in the North Yorkshire food events calendar, and has doubled in size since it started, with friends and families gathering to enjoy a ‘sharing’ feast.

Guests banqueted on a selection of Lockwood’s homemade charcuterie with shaved garden salad and garden herb crispbreads, followed by slow roast shoulder of Swaledale mutton or garden herb poached sea trout.

For more information about the Workhouse Museum call 01765 690799 or visit www.riponmuseums.co.uk