On Saturday 5th of October we hosted our first Scottish Feeding the 5000 event in Edinburgh’s Bristo Square, and with 7000 meals served to 4950 hungry bellies filled, the day was a wonderful and delicious success!
All of the otherwise-thrown-away-food was supplied by local allotments, Stirfresh, Kettle Produce, Summer Harvest Oils, Scotherbs and Skea Organics.
Scotland Chef of the Year 2011 Neil Forbes and other top chefs supervised the cooking and 150 committed volunteers did everything from preparing the feast to engaging in meaningful interaction with the public.
Not only did thousands of people get to stand up in the face of food waste by receiving a delicious free lunch, but the event also sparked important discussions on the food future of Scotland and provided a great platform for the city’s stakeholders to interact and communicate with one another.
Attendees were given the chance to participate in the development of Edible Edinburgh’s Sustainable Food City Strategy. Over 300 comments were received from the public and important steps are being taken towards a healthy, sustainable and locally sourced food future for its residents.
The Food Information Fair, which was set up in conjunction with the Feeding the 5000 event, also allowed 25 community groups to provide Edinburghians with information on the latest food related activities happening locally.
It is amazing to see the Feeding the 5000 celebrations generate public engagement as well as passion and motivation for change, allowing people to actively participate in the creation of a more equitable food future. And all this through the simple concept of refusing to allow good, nutritious food to go to waste!
The public feast was co-organized and made possible by Edible Edinburgh in close partnership with the University of Edinburgh, the City of Edinburgh Council, Edinburgh University Students’ Association, Soil Association Scotland, Nourish Scotland, and Transition Edinburgh, while financial support was provided by Zero Waste Scotland.