Pen Vogler – Stuffed: A History of Good Food and Hard Times in Britain

Tickets £11/£9



Food writer Penn Vogler tells the story of the food and drink at the heart of social upheaval in Britain and how they have led to today’s extremes of plenty and want, of roast beef and food banks, of allotment-fresh vegetables and ultra-processed food. Drawing on cookbooks, literature and social records, Vogler uncovers medieval inns boosted by the plague, the Victorian chemist searching for unadulterated mustard, and post-war supermarkets drawing customers in with strawberries. She tells of the ideas and laws that have fed or starved Britain, of bread and ale, sugary treats, pies and puddings, and why we would give anything for a nice cup of tea.

Chaired by Alison Freeman



‘A banquet of fascinating titbits, deep research and intellectual nourishment… Stuffed is dusted, metaphorically speaking, all over with icing sugar: a delicious and tempting thing.’ – Rachel Cooke, Observer


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Booking Information

  • Priority Booking for Festival Friends opens at 08.00 on Friday 1st of March. Tickets go on general sale from Monday 4th March.
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Theatre, Queen's Hall Arts Centre
Theatre, Queen's Hall Arts Centre, Beaumont Street, Hexham, NE46 3LS


04 May 2024


2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

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