It’s been a busy summer at FareShare South West! We’ve launched a couple of exciting new projects and grown our distribution network to reach even more rural communities around Bristol. Here’s how we’ve taken the fight against food waste to major music festivals:
The Festival Food Recycling Service
This summer we launched our Festival Food Recycling Service, saving over 2,000kg of surplus food from waste at UK festivals. We’ve also taken our fine dining restaurant, The Surplus Supper Club, to three events, raising £27,000 to support our core operations here in Bristol. It’s great to see festivals wanting to reduce unnecessary food waste and our thanks goes out to Shambala, Bestival and Camp Bestival for their support.
Getting into the festival circuit has been good for us in loads of ways. By collecting food in new locations, we’ve come into contact with people and communities that we’d never otherwise have met. We’ve been able to deliver to projects that have never seen a FareShare van before. The smiles on those people’s faces will stay with us for a long time! The Centre Manager at the Salvation Army centre in Winton, Dorset, said “The wonderful delivery of food from FareShare South West has been really helpful and will enable us to do more work in the community.” One of the service users at the Real World Trust joked, “I’ll be eating a chicken a day for weeks!”
We’ve also made contact with businesses that can help us access more supplies of surplus food. Reaction to the Festival Food Recycling Service from festivals and food traders has been overwhelmingly positive. No trader wants to waste good food at the end of a festival, but until now there has been no other option. “At last somebody is doing something about it,” one business owner said. “If there’s anything more I can do, I’d love to help.” Having all these people on our side is going to make a lot of difference.
The Surplus Supper Club
The Surplus Supper Club restaurant, masterminded by our twin geniuses, Clare Winterbottom and Danny Hill, has been grabbing attention and arousing appetites up and down the country. Clare and Danny have been using a combination of FareShare’s surplus food and goods purchased from local suppliers to make three course fine dining meals for festival goers. The restaurant raised over £27,000, received great reviews in the press and attracted celebrities including Howard Marks and former Eastenders actress, Charlie Brooks.
Both the Festival Food Recycling service and The Surplus Supper Club are projects we’re looking to expand next year. On top of revisiting those festivals we went to this year, we’ve set our sights on the surplus food goldmine that is Glastonbury. We’ll be working with festival organisers over the coming months and making plans to ensure that festival food waste continues to decrease.