Cook N Converse at Bristol Food Connections

FareShare South West have been at Bristol Food Connections festival. Here South West CEO Jacqui Reeves, shares her highlights.

Bristol Food Connections turned our wonderful city into one huge food celebration from May 1 to May 11 with over 185,000 people taking part in a diverse programme of events. We were delighted to be part of this incredible event in its first year.

Cook n Converse
Rolling Meatballs

We provided lunch and cookery workshops for Bristol Food Connections’ three Cook ‘N Converse events which addressed accessibility to good, healthy food in disadvantaged communities.Using surplus food ‘waste’ our Head Chef Petunia demonstrated how to cook simple yet nutritious meals with what you have or can easily get.

12 guests (invited by the cooks), and 12 conversationalists (representatives from the local community including shopkeepers, school spokespeople, councillors, health representatives, people growing, foraging and finding alternative methods of engaging with food) were invited to the meal to stimulate a discussion about food accessibility, its obstacles within the area, and ways to motivate people to cook more at home.

Bristol University and University of the West of England will be documenting the event, as part of a wider study about food accessibility. We also held a lunch event at Eat Drink Bristol Fashion for our food community members where we cooked up a delicious soup and held workshops on social media and presentation skills.


And to cap it off we catered for the “Too Weird for the BBC” pop-up restaurant at 40 Alfred Place where we cooked up an elaborate five course feast as part of the pop-up exhibition and performance day.

We can’t wait for next year’s Bristol Food Connections!

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