Thousands of Bristolians turned up for a free lunch at College Green on Saturday, as a charity set out to prove how tonnes of food rejected by supermarkets and destined for landfill sites could be used to feed the 5,000.
Fareshare South West’s ‘Feeding the 5,000’ event came to Bristol for the first time after a successful set of events in London.
Based outside the Council House, visitors swamped the green to enjoy free vegetable curry, brownies, live music and cooking demonstrations.
The event was supported by a host of local businesses and charities including the Soil Association, Bristol City Council, Food Cycle, Thali Café, Love Food, Kambe Events and Coexist.
Tristram Stuart, the award-winning author of Waste and activist who set up the original Feeding the 5,000 event and campaign in London, spoke to the crowd.
He told them more than a third of the world’s food was being wasted, contributing to global warming, food price rises and hunger.
“Feeding the 5000 is a wonderful partnership including farmers, charities and the public. The aim of our lunchtime feast is to highlight how food waste can be avoided by putting food to good use i.e. feeding people,” he said.
To view our slideshow of pictures from the event, click here…