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Cultivate Produce Show

Cultivate Produce Show

Sunday 4 September | 1pm-6pm | Free entry
Cultivate Marquee, grounds of St John the Baptist Church, High Road Leytonstone, E11 1HH

Whether you’re a first time food grower or an experienced harvester, join us in celebrating your season’s growing successes at our Waltham Forest Produce Show. Stay and enjoy a delicious programme of food tastings, cookery demonstrations, practical workshops and a children’s area.


All Day, 1-6pm:

Cirque du Surplus. Help create the biggest fruit salad Leytonstone has ever seen!

Thought provoking street theatre about the journey our food takes from anti food waste campaign This is Rubbish.

Children’s Area. Mini produce show judges are invited to sample, test and play in our kitchen laboratory with Secret Seed Society.

Sowing Seeds with OrganicLea. Learn what to grow over the winter and sow seeds to take home for a fresh supply of greens! Plus, seed bomb making for children.

Juicing Station. Try your hand at our traditional fruit press and sample freshly pressed fruit from OrganicLea’s scrumping project

A Celebration of Chillies. Discover the Chingford Chilli! Celebrate seed diversity with chilli

varieties from all over the globe, grown by Waltham Forest community gardening groups taking part in the Cultivate Chilli challenge. A feast for chilli enthusiasts – pick up some recipes and growing tips. 

Growing Exotic Vegetables. Know your oca from your yacon? This is an open space for growers interested in ‘exotic’ vegetables to come and share tips, show off their successes, or simply find out more! 

Leytonstone Food Assembly. Playful interactive games examining the food chain and information on shopping local. 

North London Waste Authority. Reducing household food waste, information and giveaways

Seed Packet Project. With artist Rosalind Fowler. Gardeners of Waltham Forest – share your dreams and visions for an imaginary future London. BRING ALONG YOUR EMPTY SEED PACKS!

Food Growing Book Library

Harvest Festival Collection for Sally’s Kitchen & Leytonstone Food Bank – Please bring any donations along.

On Stage:

1.30pm Certificate Presentation by Adult Learning Service

2pm World of Chillies talk with OrganicLea

3pm Country Wine Making with OrganicLea

4pm Coffee Demo with Perky Blenders

5pm Produce Show Prize Winners Announced 


4.30pm Help create the biggest fruit salad Leytonstone has ever seen!


  • Children’s Area hosted by The Secret Seed Society
  • Workshops and Demonstrations Programme
  • A Celebration of Chillies
  • Growing Exotic Vegetables
  • Cirque du Surplus
  • Leytonstone Food Assembly
  • Harvest Festival Collection
  • Seed Packet Project

There’s still time to enter the competition!

Everyone growing food or preparing preserved food in Waltham Forest is encouraged to enter the Cultivate Produce Show. Bring your entries between 1pm and 3.30pm to the Cultivate Marquee. Winners will be announced from 5pm.

*Fresh Produce Categories:* All fresh vegetables or fruit should include stalks and/or some leaf to show that they have been grown fresh from the plant.

• Best Fruit or Vegetable: Bring up to 7 examples of the same fruit or vegetable you have grown.

• Best Platter: Use a dinner plate, small tray or small chopping board to display a combination of up to 7 different home grown fruit, vegetables, herb and/or edible flowers.

• Exotic Crops: For local growers who are growing edible plants not typically grown in this country such as citrus plants, chickpeas and pineapples. Bring up to 7 pieces of fruit, herb or vegetable.

*Preserved Produce Category:* Celebrating the skills to continue enjoying your edible crops throughout the year. • Entries can include: pickles, pesto, jam, jellies, fruit leathers, honey, sourdough bread.

*Young Growers Categories:* This year we are especially celebrating the talent and perseverance of Waltham Forest’s young growers. (Guidelines for entries are as for the adult categories).

• Young Growers: 7yrs and under: Best Fruit or Vegetable

• Young Growers: 8yrs and over: Best Fruit or Vegetable

• Young Growers: 8yrs and over: Best Platter

Enquiries to:

See the Cultivate Programme for full details