Interactive, Informative and Incredibly Tasty Feasts
for kids and adults are going to be taking place throughout October and November.
The School Feasts project has grown into a This is Rubbish programme called Edible Education, and as part of the development we are first bringing our educational theatrical feasting to a public audience. We are excited to announce the first FREE ‘Scratch Feast, is going to take place on Sunday 12th October at an Arcola Green Sunday event.
You can book your ticket here.
Scratch Feasts are interactive journeys taking people through the food supply chain! Performers will lead the audience through three courses of games and stories, while feeding the audience on nuggets of knowledge and tasty treats made from food that would otherwise be wasted.
The dining audience will be invited to take inspiration and get creative to join with This is Rubbish in campaigning about the scale of preventable food waste in the UK. Our growing collection of pictures, puppets, poems and pledges demonstrate that people really care about their food and its environmental cost to the planet.
These Scratch Feasts are all part of the process of creating a unique programme for schools, so after minds and bellies have been filled the audience will be kindly asked to take part in a Q & A feedback session.
Scratch Feasts Event Details
The Arcola Theatre in Dalston, London, will be hosting the premier on Sunday 12thOctober, 2 – 4pm, as part of Arcola’s Green Sunday programme. The theatre aims to be the world’s first carbon neutral theatre and since 2009 Green Sunday events have been an informal, creative space to explore sustainability issues. The audience can expect a Sunday dinner with quite a twist.
To celebrate UN World Food Day onThursday 16th October, themed this year as ‘Feeding the world, caring for the earth’, This is Rubbish will be holding a Scratch Feast at Oasis Children’s Venture in Stockwell, London. Children will be supported to prepare food in their after school club which will be served up to them and their parents by a knowledgeable entourage of performing wonky fruit and vegetables.
Rounding off a busy month, This is Rubbish will take the Edible Education tour to Oxford to take part in the Halloween Pumpkin Festival on Friday 31st October: a collaboration between Hubbub, a national organisation working to engage mainstream with sustainability issues, Good Food Oxford and Abundance Oxford. An estimated 18,000 tonnes of pumpkin was sent to landfill sites in the UK last Halloween – that’s the same weight as 1,500 double decker buses. This is Rubbish, supported by local volunteers, musicians and cooks, will be dishing up our pumpkin based food surplus delight, with food provided by TheGleaners Network UK. Last November they saved 11 tonnes of pumpkins from waste from one farm alone!
This is Rubbish is proud that the Edible Education pilot programme is being supported by National Lottery Awards for All, Tudor Trust and the David Tyler Trust.
For more information about Scratch Feasts and the Edible Education programme please contact Poppy on email@example.com
We are always happy to hear from people who would like to get involved with our activities or partner on events.
This is Rubbish (TiR) is delighted to announce that we have been awarded funding from Awards for All, Tudor Trust and the David Tylor Trust. This funding enables TiR to run a pilot programme of 3 Public Feasts, 5 School Feasts and 2 six week after school clubs in Waltham Forest during Autumn term. The TiR team is very excited to be transforming the school dinner hall with theatrical food surplus feasts.
To give a bit more detail, TiR is creating an interactive theatrical feast in which games, riddles and performers take the audience on a treasure trail through the food production system. The feast will be cooked from surplus (‘waste’) food sourced from local supermarkets and food producers, building on relationships already developed by previous TiR events.
We are not only interested in fun, but fundamental food systems change. We think education and the engagement of young people, is vital to enable this. Specifically, the This is Rubbish School Feasts project has been conceived to address two issues;
1) In the UK we are disconnected from food production systems and supply chains, and as a result know little about them. A survey in 2013 by The British Nutrition Foundation highlighted 21% of primary school children and 18% of secondary school children had never visited a farm; and that 18% of primary school children believed fish fingers came from chicken. This demonstrates a clear need for education on food systems
2) Globally 30%-50% of the food produced today is lost, wasted or discarded somewhere along our food production systems and supply chains before it has chance to reach the dinner table. (IMECHA, 2013). These problems are inter-related, and a lack of understanding about food production and systems leads to decreased appreciation of its value, beyond ‘cash’ value in the shopping basket. TiR believes there is a clear need for cross-cutting, values led education on food.
The project is starting now, and we are looking for partner schools and events to collaborate with us, and host our pilot Feasts. We are also looking for volunteers, performers and general merry makers. If you are interested, get in touch with Poppy@thisisrubbish.org.uk.