The Fat of the Land: A Queer Chub Harvest festival
October 03, 2009 14:00Tagged as: culture environmentalism gender social_struggles
55 Dean Street
London W1D 6AF
London's fat queers and their pals are coming together to challenge the greed of the diet industry and body fascism within the gay community by producing a food festival that celebrates body diversity.
The Fat of the Land: A Queer Chub Harvest Festival is a DIY food fest, synthesizing interest in slow food, recession-busting, sustainable food, 'make-and-do' and craft culture with a fat queer sensibility. It is intended as a secular fat queerifying of a traditional harvest gathering, and the organizers positively welcome multicultural interpretations of the theme.
The Fat of the Land is child friendly and open to people of all sizes and sexualities.
It will feature:
- Activities: crafting, traditional games, competitions for best jam, best chutney, best cake, best produce, best vegetable monster and more
- Stalls, refreshments, and information about Health At Every Size
- Art: Allyson Mitchell's grotto will be open for visits
- Evening Performance: including a group rendition of The Fat Queer Harvest Hymn, written especially for the event, and special surprise act by Chopin Gard
Visitors are encouraged to bring along a tin of unwanted food to be donated to a prominent diet guru – the respondent will be chosen on the day.
Co-organiser and fat queer activist Charlotte Cooper explains: "We see The Fat of the Land as a celebration of the abundance of harvest time and our connection to the rhythms of nature and creativity, albeit executed in our own idiosyncratic, outsider, warped, prankish, punk, 21st century, Wicker Man style.
"It is a defiant celebration of abundance and plenty amidst a 'healthy living' agenda in the UK that is often reductionist, fatphobic and mean, and is thus health-enhancing for people of all sizes."
Queers, fatties, jam, chutney and subversion.
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