Village Table Full Programme

Village Table Full Programme

November – the Coniston Institute and Grizedale Arts have a new art, craftand food project called The Village Table. Come and join us for workshops, demonstrations and lunches in the Hall where you can also see the interesting collections on display, including the House of Ferment – a pop up larder inside a copper model of the The Old Man of Coniston. The larder is the centre piece  for a series of workshops, talks and meals on health and food.


Friday 30 October

Italian evening and classic dinner cooked by a self confessed ‘bad’ Italian Francesca Ulivi – Francesca makes the classic Italian restaurant fare as it should be – expect meatballs, pasta, tricolour salad, tirimisu (but done right).7:30pm (£15 three course dinner)

Saturday 31 October

Classic Bread as you will need it forevermore; Sourdough with John Castley. After 28 years of sourdough baking (and years of experiencein professional kitchens) John Castley makes one of the tastiest sourdoughsyou’ve ever tried. Join this demo for bread making, tips, tales of catastrophe and troubleshooting.10:30am-4:30pm (£10 including lunch)

Product development workshop

A member of the Turner prize nominated artist collective Assemble will be offering a product development workshop alongside Grizedale Arts own Adam Sutherland details to reconfirmed but expect to make wonderful things that you can sell.

Tuesday 3 November

Dinner by Michelle Darmody from Cake Café (Dublin)Michelle is owner of one of Dublin’s most successful café’s – The Cake Café. She will be in Coniston for the evening, hosting a dinner in the hall as well as giving tips.Michelle will be working with Grizedale through 2016 at the Irish Museum ofModern art in Dublin – we will be building a model village and hope that people from Coniston will be involved in the project – so a good chance to meet one of the collaborators.

Friday 6 November

No Friday evening dinner

Saturday 7 November

Furniture day

Artist Sarah Staton will talk through her work and discusshow she incorporates furniture and architecture. Product and furniture designer James Shaw will host a materials workshop. More details to be announced.

Monday 9 November

New Mechanics youth club short film screening.

 A screening of two short films made by the New Mechanics Youth Club including themed food 7pm – 8:30pm (£3 including snacks and soft drinks)

Thursday 12 November

Food history exhibition opening and talk by Miranda Vane (design historian and exhibition curator). Free

Friday 13 November

Fish of the Lake – Grizedale Arts dinner based on what is in the lake Perch,Pike, Charr, Eel, Trout – any other things anyone can supply. The fish will be augmented with the produce we have been growing up at Lawson Park – both in the garden and the pickle jar. We will also give a short talk on the project and future plans for the Village Table project. 7:30pm (£15 including three-course dinner)

Saturday 14 November

A farm breakfast (cooked on a shovel?).

Dodgson Wood brunch with Maria Benjamin and John Atkinson – There will be a lot of bacon, kidneys, kedgeree and the like, a big breakfast the old fashioned way. (£5 including tea or coffee)

Cheesemaking workshop with Bill Oglethorpe – Top UK cheese-maker

Bill Oglethorpe will be showing us how to turn cheese-failure into cheese success with this hands-on workshop. These are the simple tips to makinggreat cheese on a constant basis. Grizedale’s hirable cheese unit will bedemonstrated to its full potential. (full details to follow)

Friday 20 November

Ruskin’s last supper – Sole, pheasant and champagne! Ruskin’s last supper was an extravagant number, join us to celebrate his life and the end of the project with this elegant re-creation. Dress code formal. (£25 three course dinner)

Saturday 21 November

Polish brunch by Kasia Garapich – the joys of sauerkraut, bigos, sour cream and pirogi along with many other specialities of the Polish table. (£5 including tea or coffee)

Friday 27 November

Pheona Nicholson hosts a vegetarian dinner

After the success of her beautiful three-course game dinner in October Pheona will be returning to the Village Table to cook what she loves most – delicious vegetarian food. 7:30pm (£15 three course dinner)

Saturday 28 November

Brunch and Japanese ferments workshop with Karen Guthrie –Miso, sushi, nabe, seaweed, nato, an unmissable collection of extraordinarythings from rural Japan. Next year we will see the return of the Japanesefarmers that visited Coniston 10 years ago.(£10 including brunch)

at 4pm we will be showing Karen Guthrie’s multi award winning and acclaimed film

‘The Closer We Get’ .

This is the only Cumbria showing of ‘The Closer We Get’

The film is an intimate and emotional portrait of the impact of illness on a family and how that changes the relationships between them – a tragic but uplighting story that relates to all of us. Not to be missed. £5 – all proceeds towards the Cumbria Stroke association.


Every Monday – Calling all entrepreneurial 11 to 14 years olds

 join the weeklyNew Mechanics youth club! Olivia will be hosting sessions on cooking,

building and technology. Every Monday 5-7pm, email for further information.

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The Village Table by Grizedale Arts at the Coniston Institute opens 13/10.


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