We travel to Cyprus to learn more about why the largest massacre of songbirds anywhere in the world is happening on British sovereign territory – and why poachers won’t stop.
The final leg of Ben’s journey takes him to Manchester, where he finds parallels between Northern cuisine and Italian food, tries Blackwell pie, and enjoys a curry with local music legend Chimpo.
Ben’s gastronomic tour of the North takes him to Yorkshire, where he embraces the meaning of “graft,” learns the importance of a chip butty, and finds out how to make a pork pie.
Ben visits the so-called “Vegas of the North” to learn how to make Blackpool Rock, but is shocked to find out that the family seaside town has had a loss of innocence. Then it’s off to check out the craft beer revolution in Liverpool.
Ben Ferguson travels to the Northeast of England – the home of Dracula, fishermen, and a well-kept secret: the chicken parmo. In Whitby, he joins a crew of fishermen to catch crab, then joins the Parmo Hunters on a local taste tour.
In the first episode of The Politics of Food, Ben Ferguson investigates the UK’s growing illegal trade in “smokies,” a West African delicacy that has been outlawed in Europe since 1987.