Food Connections: Surplus Food Banquet

Bristols Food Connections is a week long citywide food festival full of foodie events. It’s a great opportunity to discover local eateries and learn about the culture Bristol has adopted towards food.

My week off work couldn’t have been timed better.

I went along to three of the events and first up was the Surplus Food Banquet. In connection with FareShare South West who are passionate about reducing fit-for purpose fresh and long-life food going to waste and instead deliver it to vulnerable and disadvantaged people.

All the food we were presented was within date and would have gone to waste.

The banquet was held in a unique setting inside their warehouse and it looked great.

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The menu was designed by chef and broadcaster Richard Fox. We were treated to three courses of beautifully presented and delicious food including a fish starter, succulent lamb done three ways for the main and one of my favourites, bread and butter pudding to end things on a high.

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A lot of the food FareShare South West collect is no longer required by supermarkets for various reason, for example, it been associated with an event that has run it’s course such as Comic Relief. The food is perfectly acceptable but is removed from the shelves due to it’s promotional connection.

Once we’d enjoyed our wonderful meal we had talks from a panel of experts who were all clearly passionate about what FareShare South West are doing.

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Having worked in a supermarket during my university days I have seen first hand the amount of food that gets chucked away and I was fully in agreement with the idea that there should be stricter rules in place to deter them from doing this.

FareShare South West are doing an amazing thing to help put a stop to food wastage and food poverty in the community. The event provided some great food but was also a real eye-opener.

You can find out more on their website here.

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