The country comes to town in a big way tomorrow, as the From The Earth Expo kicks off at the CTICC.  I’ve been taking a look at the list of exhibitors and workshops, and it looks fantastic!

Here are the highlights, as I see them:

The Events

Country Kitchen

  • Mycotourism, mushroom cultivation and medicinal mushrooms – learn all about fungi, with a different focus on each day of the expo.  Presented by Dr Adrian Smit of the SA Gourmet Mushroom Academy. (11.30-12.30 Fri, Sat, Sun)
  • kitchenA 3-course farm meal in 30-minutes… (now that I have got to see!) (12.30-13.30 Friday only)
  • Cooking with Kimilili’s mountain cheeses.  Kimilili is a beautiful farm out in Tulbagh.  I visited a few weeks ago, and their cheeses are divine! (13.30-14.30 Fri, Sat, Sun)
  • Organic wine – ‘true ecosystem gem’ (14.30-15.30 Fri, Sat, Sun)
  • Natural pet food – Paul Jacobson from Vondi’s explains why natural pet food is so much better than the commercially produced additive-filled kind.

Country Pantry

  • Earthworm bins – find out everything you want to know (and probably more) about these invaluable compost-creating waste-munching tools. (12.00-13.00 Fri)
  • Hemp – ‘a sustainable solution’ (13.00-14.00 Fri, Sat)
  • Liz Eglington from Blue Sky Organics covers various topics from ‘working in the web of life’ (Fri), ‘growing and eating real food’ (Sat), and ‘how to survive the global health crisis’ (Sun).  (15.00-16.00 Fri, Sat, Sun)
  • Making yoghurt cheese, by Selma Marais from Prikkelpot (they make delicious cheeses).  (16.00-17.00 Fri, Sat, Sun)

The Stallholders

Fresh produce

Organic farmers and home-gardeners

  • fromtheearth_sheepAbalimi Bezekhaya / Harvest of Hope – incredible urban farming going on out at Philippi, and they provide an organic box service that’s fantastic value.
  • Soil For Life – provide support and training to urban gardeners all over Cape Town.  They’ll be selling seedlings, organic herbs and community-made jams and preserves.
  • Zenzele Organic Farm.  The delicious veggies from this farm are part of Cape Town’s current CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) project.
  • Masikhulisane Food Garden – vegetables
  • Nooitgedacht Project – eggs and vegetables
  • African Harvesters – vegetables
  • Masivuke Project – vegetables and ‘soft goods’ (whatever that means!)

The list goes on, and no doubt I have left out some great exhibitors – but I’m looking forward to seeing them all.  And, in addition to all the food-centred stalls (there are beer, wine and coffee stalls, too, fear not), there will also be several educational stalls, in all the relevant fields.

And, of course, the animals… Sheep, alpacas, poultry, goats, more sheep, some cattle… should be fun for the kids, and add an interesting dimension to the whole thing (what they will make of it all I would love to know!)

Anyway, there’s definitely plenty to do and see, and I can see it’s going to be a busy weekend for me!

Event details:
From The Earth takes place from 16-18 October 2009 at the CTICC.  Tickets are available at Computicket (or at the door) and cost R50 for adults; R20 for scholars; kids under 13 get in free.
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