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Chorlton’s Big Green Festival

April 18, 2011
Photo inadvertently taken of someone's shadow- but, Off To GreenFest On Foot

Photo inadvertently taken of someones shadow- but, Off To GreenFest On Foot

Saturday morning and the sun was shining. Just the kind of day for a festival. And we were in luck – it was the day of Chorlton’s Big Green Festival.

So, seeds and compost and plants bought for out little allotment patch at Thyme Out Deli on Nell Lane, West Didsbuy, we set off for the festival. Arriving, we realised we’re currently amateurs – but, with a BIG vision. With a group of friends, and Ben, owner of Thyme Out Deli, we’re trying to create a little bit of the countryside in the heart of the suburb. We’re learning and growing. But, it’s going to take time to realise our vision.

So, it was really heartening to see what was going on in Chorlton. The Big Green Festival team created an event that was reminiscent of Glastonbury circa 1985 – perhaps not everyone’s cup of tea, but wonderful nonetheless. A troupe of cycling performers mingled with plant swappers who mingled with Mr Bloom (CBeebies, don’t you know…), who mingled with an eco fashion show, who mingled with wood carvers. You get the picture.

The Big Green Fest, Chorlton

The Big Green Fest, Chorlton

As at any festival, you feel the need to eat and drink from time to time. And the choice here was amazing. Vegetarian & vegan “fish & chips”. Stone baked pizzas. Tibetan curries. Bespoke ice-creams. Fajitas & wraps. But, let’s take you back to the pizzas. Cooked to order, baked in a stone fired oven. Waited for over 45 minutes. But – per-bloody-fection!

Stretching the dough - with Stretford Pizza Oven

Stretching the dough - with Stretford Pizza Oven

Ta-Daa! Our Pizza Perfection...

Ta-Daa! Our Pizza Perfection...

Centred around St Clements’ Church and it’s grounds, the festival had a real, well…festival feel. Groups of friends, couples, families, solo visitors mixed and mingled. We watched wood carving, listened to bands, met up with friends, plant swapped & shopped. All-in-all, a really lovely afternoon. Already looking forward to next year…

Chorlton Big Green Fest

Chorlton Big Green Fest

Chorlton Big Green Fest

Chorlton Big Green Fest


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