A rather wet day for the Brighton & Hove Food Festival ICEx team, with visiting chef Rob Carr of the Hotel du Vin, to visit Uit Je Eigen Stad [From Your Own Town], an urban farm in the industrial/harbour area of Rotterdam. Nevertheless the tour was a delightful graze through interesting and unusual varieties of produce grown specifically for their superior flavour. The tour was guided by the farm's Rewe Verstraeten whose in depth knowledge of the cultivation, culinary and environmental aspects of the farm kept everyone enthused despite the damp. Currently producing herb, fruit, mushroom and vegetable crops as well as free range chickens the farm is soon to introduce aquaponic fish farming which will rear fish in a sustainable and symbiotic environment with existing produce. The tour culminated in lunch in the farm's restaurant for an opportunity to appreciate the farm's harvest prepared by their chef.
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