Just as the kitchen is often the hub of the party, our camp kitchen is very much at the heart of the camp. Out of it pours a never-ending stream of delicious food, the sounds of singing and laughter.
We give food a high value on the camp. All our food is sourced locally where possible, much of it is organic and our larder is abundant. In between meals there is a constant supply of teas of all kinds, coffee and snacks freely available. The emphasis is on high quality vegetarian seasonal food, so you won’t find any turkey twizzlers, nor chips in our kitchen. We all eat together, gathered around the central fire or under the canvas marquees.
It is not just the quality of the food that is important but the whole shared experience of cooking and eating together. Everyone belongs to a small group of adults and older children for the length of the camp. In these groups you will cook about three times. It can be remarkably empowering to produce delicious food on this scale and the connections we develop with one another through working together increase the depth and coherence of our camp experience.
It is no coincidence that food is given such special attention. Daverick Leggett, the founder of Rise Up Singing, is known internationally as a nutrition teacher and author. You can check out his nutritional work at Meridian Press.
With the help of Cat, our kitchen manager, we hope to continue to achieve one of the camp aims: to produce nutritious and lovingly prepared food to nourish body and heart.