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The Forgotten Feast in Hackney Downs

A banquet is being held at The Russet at the Hackney Downs Studio Site on Friday the 9th of March. Chef Tom Hunt will use surplus ingredients that would have gone to waste for no reason other than that they are wonky, in the wrong packaging or not needed by the shops. Everyone will sit together for the feast so come alone, with loved ones or with  family – all welcome. The feast will cater for vegetarians and carnivores.

Tickets are £25 and £1 of that will go directly to FairShare and will help feed four hungry people.

The menu is as follows:

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Brixton people’s kitchen

One use for waste food is to share it with strangers.

Inspired by the People’s Kitchen in Dalston, Brixton People’s kitchen collects surplus from local shops and markets, invites local people to cook together, and welcomes everyone to enjoy a delicious meal with each other.

This weekend, they are inviting everyone to Myatts Fields Park (Cormont Road, SE5 9RA) for lunch, from 12pm – 5pm. A warming stew is on the menu. And it’s free to those who donate or help out.

They are also calling for volunteers to:

1. DONATE FOOD
Brixton People’s Kitchen would like surplus food from local houses, gardens, parks and businesses. Any fruits, vegetables, salads and herbs, dried and canned foods, pulses and grains that you might have available. That tree has given you more apples than you can make pies, bring them down. Those tins at the back of the cupboard that you don’t know what to do with, bring them down!

2. COOK
If you can chop, pick, stir, peel, wash, grate, serve, or smile, you’re in!

3. EAT
Join the communal table and make new friends. Food will be served up on a donations basis. Put what you can or will into the pot. If you have donated food, feel free to eat for free!

For more information email: brixtonfoodwaste@gmail.com or check out their Facebook page.

One million meals appeal

This Saturday (26 November), the food charity FareShare has teamed up with Sainsbury’s to help fight hunger.

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How to feed the 5,000 – pigs and sloe gin

“I think [Feeding the 5k] is a very good idea. A lot of food is being thrown away and it’s strange we’re not eating it”

Here are a few videos from our day at Feeding 5k. See what people think of eating waste food, see expert chefs cooking with surplus food and even some pigs.

Read more about it here.

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Waste food feeds 5,000 at Trafalgar Square

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ComeScavengeWithMe’s photostream on Flickr.

Tasty curry, wonky carrots and sleeping pigs: Here are a few photos from Feeding the 5,000, which took place on Friday in London’s Trafalgar Square. Organised by expert freegan Tristram Stuart, along with Fareshare, FoodCycle,  Love Food Hate Waste and Friends of the Earth, Feeding the 5,000 encourages households and business to reduce food waste by treating people to a free lunch using food that would otherwise have been wasted, such as cosmetically imperfect fresh fruit and vegetables supplied by farmers who sell their goods to supermarkets.

It was great to meet so many people committed to reducing food waste and people who just came for a free curry and had never thought about food waste before.

Friends of the Earth brought along some pigs to make sure that nothing was wasted – pigs scoff what you can’t.

We left with a free pineapple, some wonky carrots and lots of ideas for recipes to use up leftover ingredients.

 

Feeding the 5,000 at Trafalgar Square – in pictures

Tasty curry, wonky carrots and sleeping pigs: Here are a few photos from Feeding the 5,000, which took place on Friday in London’s Trafalgar Square. Organised by expert freegan Tristram Stuart, along with Fareshare, FoodCycle,  Love Food Hate Waste and Friends of the Earth, Feeding the 5,000 encourages households and business to reduce food waste by treating people to a free lunch using food that would otherwise have been wasted, such as cosmetically imperfect fresh fruit and vegetables supplied by farmers who sell their goods to supermarkets.

“The supermarkets have strict cosmetic standards, so if a carrot is too long or slightly bent, it either goes in the bin or is left out in the field and simply ploughed back into the ground,” Stuart says. “Today, that’s not happened and all that food is here to be eaten.” Abi, pictured above, enjoyed the curry: “Although it could have done with a bit more seasoning.”

Friends of the Earth brought these pigs along to ensure absolutely no food was wasted. They ate the ingredients that were not fit for human consumption.

Freshly pressed apple juice
Fruit and veg make eyecatching accessories

Feeding the 5,000

You are invited to a free lunch made entirely out of fresh ingredients that would otherwise go to waste.

First come first served!

Feeding the 5000 is organised by freegan Tristam Stuart. It will show how easy it is to reduce food waste in the UK and internationally and how governments, businesses and individuals can help.

There will be live cooking demonstrations by TV chefs Thomasina Miers and Arthur Potts Dawson, an apple press which you can use to make yourself a glass of fresh apple juice, and even an enclosure of pigs, who will also be given a free lunch of the surplus food that’s not fit too eat.

Volunteers at last year’s event. Photo courtesy of Jim Shannon

Speakers include Mayor of London Boris Johnson and chair of the London food board, journalist Rosie Boycott.

Feeding the 5,000 will take place in London’s Trafalgar Square on 18 November, 12pm-2pm

Stay tuned for more info and a blogpost about how it went. If you’re planning to go along, let us know!