Christmas comes to FoodCycle Bristol!

We’ve had a busy busy term: weekly Sunday Community meals, our fundraising October pop-up restaurant, starting our new community project of the Community Garden, as well as catering for two fantastic events (Social Enterprise Conference and Beat the Cold). We felt it was high time to get in the festive mood and spread the joy of Christmas, FoodCycle style!

Last week was a super busy week at FoodCycle Bristol HQ, what with a Christmas themed pop-up restaurant on Wednesday 11th and our Christmassy Community Kitchen on Sunday 15th! Oh, but what fun we had?!

Our Pop-Up Restaurant was a great night! In the true spirit of Noel, we decorated with beautifully displayed holly and ivy foliage, and painstakingly hand-made paper chains.  Dished up was a deeeeeelishhhh 3 course meal of Pumpkin Soup, Veggie Curry and Bread n’ Butter Pud, all lovingly crafted from surplus supermarket ingredients. To set the Christmas mood, we had some gorgeous gospel (clapping and clicking included) from Bristol Revelation Rock-Gospel Choir, though I may be biased as president… Sam also played some amazing guitar, and we were educated by an inspiring talk from our co-hosts The Bristol Bike Project. A big thank you also to our transport managers Jess and Hattie for talking about FoodCycle. Full to the brim with real good food and music, we hope our guests had as great a time as we did back (and front) stage!

Christmas Pop-Up

Christmas Pop-Up – Sanghoon Kwak

On Sunday, FoodCyclers and guests alike enjoyed a fantastic afternoon of food, music and craft. The party was in full swing, once again with great music from Bristol Revs – this time expanding their repertoire with some improvised Christmas carols, and suggestions from adoring fans! Our community team worked their butts off and had a special craft table and a lucky dip to spread FoodCycle’s Christmas joy even further. Whilst in the kitchen, the cooking team whipped up a sterling Beetroot soup and Veggie Shepherd’s Pie Bake. To end, mince pies and some delightful home-made (non-alcoholic) mulled juice (?) was served. From the smiles on the guests faces, FoodCycle Bristol achieve once again in spreading some Christmas joy!

Christmas Community Kitchen

Christmas Community Kitchen

We would like to say a massive thank you to our amazing volunteers – you guys are great, our guests, and anyone who has supported us over the last term. Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

Love from FoodCycle Brizzle x x x

Danielle Jackson

FoodCycle Christmas Pop-Up Restaurant!

On Wednesday 11th December, FoodCycle Bristol, a charity aimed at tackling food waste and food poverty, will be hosting an amazing fundraising Christmas themed Pop-Up Restaurant at Coexist (above The Canteen).

A delicious three course vegetarian meal will be provided, having been lovingly and creatively transformed from surplus food, collected from supermarkets and local shops. Kicking off the count-down to Christmas, our event will have great live music, cool art work and inspirational speakers.

Pop-up Restaurant Manager, Lizzie Van Zyl, says “As managers for the Pop-Up Restaurant we have a passion for spreading the FoodCycle message. It’s a great opportunity to create a lively atmosphere where local artists and musicians can showcase their work; people can get involved in cooking and just have a really fun evening!”

Proceeds will go towards supporting our main project of providing weekly meals at Easton Community Centre. Nell Benney is a Cooking Manager at the Easton Community Kitchen. She says, “Managing the kitchen at Easton is always completely unpredictable and exciting… and it’s always a great feeling when we fill about 40 bellies entirely from food that would have been wasted!”

Tickets cost £5 and are available from: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=foodcyclepopuprestaurant&isTeam=true

Event page: http://www.facebook.com/events/1431964077017520/