Feed the 5000!

This month we joined our friends at Feeding the 5000 and FareShare SW at Bristol’s most delightfully delicious and wonderfully waste saving event to kick off the summer. The sunshine graced us with its presence and 4,324 people enjoyed a yummy curry made from surplus food that otherwise would have gone to waste.

College Green was jam packed full of people who were entertained by music, cooking demos, talks, and of course FoodCycle’s very own education tent. We had games, face painting, arts and crafts, the pledge tree, and a bicycle powered smoothie maker.

Tristram Stuart who started the Feeding the 5,000 initiative joined in the inaugural game of ‘The Game of Food’ which proved a hit for the rest of the day, and reminded players of the shocking levels of waste that occur in our food production systems between farm and fork. 

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‘Twisted’ – a foodie take on Twister, saw flailing, tangled arms and legs demonstrating the tangled unsustainable network of food sourcing.

IMG_4320 IMG_4454IMG_3557IMG_4455With all the sunshine and curry there was a need for a bit of refreshment, which came in the form of the bike powered smoothie maker, serving up scrummy smoothies made fresh from surplus fruit and veg collected from shops around Easton that morning (thanks to Raja, Sweet Mart and Star Cash and Carry).
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Kids, and grown-ups too, spent hours joining in the fun and getting involved with all the games and activities.

All in all it was a really great day, and a very successful first outing for FoodCycle’s brand new education tent. We hope to bring the tent to more events and schools throughout Bristol, to help raise awareness of the issues of food poverty and food waste. Watch this space…

Thanks to all our wonderful volunteers who helped with the preparations and on the day, and thanks to FareShare, Feeding the 5000 and everyone else involved for the fantastic event. Not forgetting the people of Bristol and beyond for joining in the fun, saving all that surplus food, and hopefully learning a bit more about food waste and food poverty. 


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