Food lovers step right up and get ready for an exciting time. Urban Food Fortnight is one of the capital’s top annual events for foodies and it has just begun!
Run by London Food Link, part of the food and farming charity Sustain, the occasion celebrates the vibrant food scene across London. Spread over two weeks from 8 – 24th September, the food-inspired programme is jam-packed. Both Londoners and visitors can enjoy classes, feasts and local menus of food that is grown, prepared, cooked and saved around the city.
Eat To The Beat
One of the most exciting parts of Urban Food Fortnight is the Disco Soup event in collaboration with the charity Feedback. Taking place at Mercato Metropolitano to celebrate their 1st birthday, it kicks off a whole weekend of sustainability-focused family fun.
Disco soups are a global movement that aim to raise awareness of food waste causes and solutions. On Friday 15th September, 1000 people are invited to join this free feast at the community food market Mercato Metropolitano in London. The meal will be created collectively using surplus food that has been saved from waste. Whilst preparing and eating the feast, there will be disco beats provided all evening by Ministry of Sound DJs.
This festival of food brings people together to celebrate solutions to food waste. Between 3pm and 11pm, there will be a range of activities for both adults and children to enjoy. Learn to make old bread new again and cut up the loveable leftover vegetables for the feast while dancing along to the beat.
A Community Fighting Food Waste
Other activities include film screenings, crafts, classes, a kid’s parade and a food waste pub quiz. Learn how to compost, and how to grow and find food in and around London. As well as the DJ music, there will also be an entertaining jam session and giant board games to play. With a welcoming community vibe, everyone has the chance to learn about food waste and how we can prevent it.
Fancy dress and disco dancing while not compulsory, is encouraged. Those who join in will be rewarded, so why not have some fun? There is an early meal which is great for those with kids between 4.30pm and 5.30pm. A later feast is served up between 8pm and 9pm.
The preparation will begin from 3pm onwards where everyone should get stuck in. Later on you can put on your dancing shoes and eat to the beat. This exciting event is completely free, although you do have to register online.
Check out the other Urban Food Fortnight events taking place in the capital on London Food Link’s online map.