The Henderson’s 50/50 Food Festival puts an emphasis on family-friendly good food
The vegetarian restaurant celebrates good, healthy eating in this 50-day food extravaganza
Information on healthy living comes at us from all quarters today, but when these two cuties were growing up there was only one person they needed to look to for advice – their mum.
For Oliver and Catherine Henderson, having food pioneer Janet Henderson to cook for them meant years of tasty meals made with fresh, seasonal, local ingredients. Happily, since 1953, the people of Edinburgh have had access to much the same, via Henderson’s farm shop and vegetarian restaurant on Hanover Street.
‘Henderson’s is a family firm that’s still run by two of Janet’s children, and one of her grandchildren will take it into the third generation,’ explains festival director, Simon Preston. ‘You can step inside the restaurant on any given day and find families, older people and students in there – it’s always been a place for everyone. So when we were planning the festival we knew we had to have a nice family day where we could get kids in and enjoying fun foody activities.’
Run in conjunction with Edinburgh Community Food, the event will feature a food art table, bicycle powered smoothie maker, and the chance to make ‘Fearsome Fruit Monsters’ and vegetable kebabs, before grabbing a kiwi and spoon for the ‘Great Kiwi Race’.
What they won’t be doing is lecturing families on eating healthily, because as Preston says, ‘the food speaks for itself, so you don’t have to work too hard to hammer the point home – you can allow people to make their own discovery. And the easiest way to enjoy eating healthily is to have fun.’
St John’s Church, Edinburgh, Monday 27 May.