About Me



I am Trish Cliff, the founder of TrishTravelFood. I am a traveller, researcher, designer of edible spaces, urban farmer, and a cook.

Trish is a member of the Association for Vertical Farming (AVF) contributing to both the education team and currently on the AVF UK Policy Project Group. Trish also sits on the Feed Leeds committee. Most weekends Trish can be found at the workdays for Bedford Fields Community Forest Garden, talking with street food vendors and local food producers or visiting community gardens.

I started TrishTravelFood to research, explore, connect and transform people, places and edible spaces through travel and food.

Trish has a simple plan to travel slowly. Along the way, I look forward to working and talking with local food producers, cooks and community food growing projects. I love to meet people, hear and collect stories, cook, eat, grow food and design edible spaces.

At TrishTravelFood, I believe that food, travel and storytelling create positive human connections that are both nourishing and fulfilling. I am seeking communities either with or wanting to have food projects.  I want to discover stories and recipes from the culturally significant to the family favourite. Where possible, I will source and /or forage the ingredients locally from community growing projects and then cook a recipe (with you?)!

Trish is currently working on developing partnerships with:

  1. Accommodation providers – to design edible spaces and input into CSR
  2. Tour operators – to design responsible guidelines for food tours
  3. Regions, towns and cities – to create edible food trails and to showcase local produce
  4. Local communities – to collaborate on projects to record & showcase local and heritage cuisine and design edible spaces

Trish has twenty years of experience in research & consultancy to sit alongside an MSc in Responsible Tourism Management.

Please get in touch if you would like help to design an edible space or food trail for your town or city or to share your local and heritage recipes by emailing me at Trish[at]trishtravelfood.com

Projects I am/have been involved in:

Brussels Vertical Farming Workshop and ongoing Project Group, initially a 2-day workshop of a group of 30 motivated individuals facilitated to design a thriving local society around vertical farming at The Abbatoir, Brussels.

Head Grower for a Community Interest Company (ongoing), Growing Better. We undertook a proof of concept for a salad growing enterprise in 2016. In 2017, Growing Better have been trialling controlled environment agriculture for micro greens and are crowdfunding for a freight container as an essential part of the development of a community food growing site at Kirkstall, Leeds.

Association of Vertical Farming online AV-F Academy (2016-2017)

Our mission is to be a platform where people can get access to informational and teaching material as both text and video content, distributed by our partners about vertical farming, hydroponics, permaculture, controlled environment agriculture, mushroom growing, aquaponics and insect farming.

Edible Growing Assistant at University of Leeds, growing & harvesting food from a sustainable garden and a roof terrace salad garden

Social Impact Assessment (SIA) Applied Workshop: Gaudi Crypt, Colònia Güell, Barcelona – June 2016

A 3-day workshop project coordinated by Leeds Beckett University and Turisme de Barcelona. The aim of which was to produce a Draft Social Impact Management Plan (SIMP)for Gaudi Crypt and Colònia Güell, Barcelona. The plan was created following some face to face interviews with key stakeholders. This was followed by analysis of the interviews and the creation of a set of social impacts for the site. These impacts were then prioritised and an engagement strategy for stakeholders created.

Research Paper for the Balkans Peace Park as co-author with Dr Simon Woodward – September 2015

A review of the tourism potential of the area around Lepushe & Vermosh in the Northern Albanian Alps or Malësia e Madhe (the Big Highlands). A week-long field visit took place in early August 2015 at the behest of the Balkan Peace Park Project (B3P), during which time two representatives of the Tourism Department at Leeds Beckett University interviewed some local businesses and other stakeholders about their experiences of tourism to date and their aspirations for the future.

The purpose of the paper was to advise B3P and its partners of some of the barriers facing the development of tourism in the area at present and of opportunities for developing tourism in the coming years.


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Talks, Presentations & workshops 

September 2016 – Presentation on, ‘Food Tourism’ at the Feed Leeds European Capital of Food Culture Seminar

October 2005 – Presentation with Linda Bloom to Association of Solution Oriented Counsellors & Hypnotherapists of Australia on ‘Flow.’