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Food Culture/ Histories/ Policies: Flavours of the Docks

Join a discussion on food histories and policies

The Royal Docks Learning and Activity Centre and the Cultural Engine Research Group (UEL) present: Food Cultures/Histories/Policies: Flavours of the Docks

Historically the Royal Docks provided a point of entry for exotic spices and beverages that transformed British food cultures at a time when working class Dockers were often not paid enough to feed their families. Join the RDLAC and CERG (UEL) for talks and discussion on food histories and policies that have shaped, and continue to shape, food cultures in the Docks.

Food and drink for the event will be provided by the Thish’s Fish, Manzoor: Fusion Foods, Rita from Revennah’s, African Food Truck, the RDLAC Community Café and the Husk Brewery with a special Ferry Festival Beer.


Venue: Royal Docks Learning and Activity Centre, Albert Road, North Woolwich E16 2JB

Date: Wednesday, 4 July

Time: 18.30-21.30



Event begins 18.30

18.45: Introduction to the Event by the Organisers

18.55: Session One: Food Histories chaired by Marieta Borreda Cuenca (Royal Docks History Club)

19.00: Guest Speaker, Graham Hill (author and historian) on curiosities around food & cooking in Victorian London

19.20 Discussion

19.35- 20.05 break for food and drink sampling

20.05 Session Two: Food Policies chaired by Giles Tofield (co-director of the Cultural Engine)

20.10: Guest Speaker: Sharon Noonan-Gunning (Centre for Food Policy, City University) An integrated and inclusive approach to food policy: exploring policy disconnects through the experiences of working-class parents of higher weight children

20.30: Discussion

20.40 Presentation by Surfers Against Sewage followed by food and drink sampling

Event ends 21.30



Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Royal Docks Learning and Activity Centre

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