August bank holiday weekend, for the fourth time, a team of food waste fighting, creative cooking activists came together from Durham and Bradford to cook up a storm at Greenbelt Festival.

Cooking in the kitchen behind yoURCafe – run by the United Reformed Church, we provided food to festivalgoers at an affordable price, and the URC team put on the hot drinks and cakes, as well as a timetable of chilled, creative social justice-themed activities.

We filled our hire van and two cars to the brim with food, set up our tents and then got to work creating menus for 6 meal sittings over the weekend, 200-300 people to be served each time. An amazing team from REfUSE and Grace Kitchen Bradford made the job look easy, and we served Thai curries, pasta bakes, burnt aubergine and Chickpea salads, cottage pies, and paella overflowing with juicy prawns. Around 1,500 meals over the whole weekend. Our team also got to enjoy a healthy dose of sunshine, a beautiful setting in the grounds of Boughton House, Kettering, and enough time off to sample some of the creative arts, music, inspiring speakers and, of course ciders at the ‘Jesus Arms’ pub.

It was a very enjoyable weekend for all. Looking forward to next year already!

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