Doves Farm Foods are proud to sponsor and support the following charities and organisations:
The Real Bread Festival
“I always try to work with subjects that I love and bread has to be one of my all-time favourites. When food writer and chef Rachel de Thample approached me with the idea of a Real Bread Festival, I was thrilled. I’m hoping the festival will be a celebration of this most versatile, fundamental food. Inspired by the Real Bread Campaign, we hope to showcase and promote what real bread is all about.” Event Director, Yael Rose
The Real Bread Festival was held on London's Southbank from Friday 5th - Sunday 7th October 2012, showcasing techniques and useful tips for baking the best homemade bread possible. Workshops and demonstrations, along with producer and trader stands, created a hub of excitement about the humble loaf.
Bike to Bestival
Starting in London on Tuesday 4th September, Bike to Bestival will wind its way to the Isle of Wight, first taking in a section of the London 2012 Olympic Road Race route. It's not the Tour de France though - they want novices and experienced riders to join in and have Great British fun and brandish true Bestival spirit. They are raising money for Cancer Research and so want as much participation from riders as possible.
After the Olympic route has been pleasanty peddled upon, it's off to a country pub for an overnight stop where there will be a gig all are encouraged to join in with (bring along your [insert instrument here]), or just sit down and sink a few well deserved ales. The next day, the Bestival peloton will embark to Southampton to catch the ferry for a pre-Bestival party at the Waverley Campsite on the Isle of Wight. Then it's on to Bestival for "an uproarious weekend of frivolity and good times."
Slow Food International is a global, grassroots organisation with supporters in 150 countries that links the pleasure of food with a commitment to the community and the environment. A nonprofit, member-supported association, with charitable educational programmes, Slow Food was formed in Italy in 1989 by Carlo Petrini to counter the rise of fast food and fast life.
Slow Food encourage people to choose nutritious food, from sustainable, local sources which tastes great through the national educational programmes that they manage: Slow Food Baby (nutritionally develop babies’ taste buds), The Taste Adventure (children exploring food via their five senses), Slow Food on Campus (university and college students – creating tomorrow’s leaders in developing our food system), Slow Food Wisdom (rediscovering British food traditions and recipes) and The Ark of Taste (safeguarding endangered and traditional foods).
The 'S' Word
The 'S' word is a cookery competition for schools in the Newbury and Hungerford areas. Each school hosts heat rounds where pairs of students cook a 2 course meal to the value of £10 in 1.5 hours, based on seasonal produce. Each heat is judged by local business people and chefs and the final is held at Sheepdrove Organic Farm. Pupils learn about creativity, teamwork and healthy eating.
Let's Get Cooking
Let's Get Cooking is a national network of cooking clubs for children, families and their communities across England. By the end of the five year programme 1,106,300 children, family members and people in the local community will increase their food preparation or cooking skills as a result of Let's Get Cooking.
Let's Get Cooking training manager for the South East, Mari Polonen said, "We will be using over 200kg of flour at our training events over the next few months. The support of Doves Farm means we can explore different types of flour in different recipes with club leaders, helping them to get the best results when cooking with their clubs."
Newbury Spring Festival
NSF is one of the UK's most prestigious arts festivals, showcasing the best of drama, literature, dance & music. The aim is to provide the opportunity to promote culture in the region by creating an annual festival accessible to all.
KESHO is an organisation dedicated to promoting educational opportunities for children living in Kilifi on the coast of Kenya. Educational opportunities in Kilifi are very poor, a lot of children do not enrol in school or they are forced to drop-out because of poverty. KESHO pay school fees and buy books and uniforms to provide the financial support students need to complete their education. They also promote self-confidence among sponsored students and offer academic guidance, counselling, career advice and access to information through their resource centre.
Hungerford Theatre Company
HTC aims are ‘to foster and develop interest and participation in amateur live theatre in the community of Hungerford and surrounding area As the organisation has grown, groups have been formed to allow children, youths and adults to work creatively with their peers and collectively together to produce some enormously entertaining and expressive theatre and so bringing much enjoyment all those people participating and watching.