The third Harvest Stomp Festival was a fantastic success with the weather on our side and locals and residents alike joining in the fun.
New for 2017, Groundwork London delivered an interactive food area on behalf of the TRiFOCAL team (WRAP, LWARB and Groundwork London - www.trifocal.eu.com) to tie in with the Small Change Big Difference campaign, aimed at helping Londoners to reduce food waste as well as promoting healthy and sustainable eating and food recycling.
Funded by the EU LIFE programme, our Small Change Big Difference Food Activity Tent brought fun interactive experiences to the public via the themes of Taste, Reduce your Waste and Recycle. Attendees were treated to edible delights from Pearly Queen, Spare Fruit and The Butch Institute, who utilise surplus food to form tasty creations, as well as demonstrations on how to grow mushrooms from used coffee grounds and talks from food sharing app Olio and food waste saviours Feedback. Across the day we served 700 servings of smoothies, all lovingly created by attendees using our specially designed smoothie bikes. We also had over 100 volunteers for our fruit themed photo booth who each made pledges to recycle more, use their leftovers or eat more healthily.
Outside the Food Activity Tent our partners provided an equally entertaining experience for the public with the highlight being a mass fruit salad toss from food waste warriors This is Rubbish. The Urban Worm mesmerised children with their DIY wormery kits and Worm Poo tea bags whilst The London Beekeeper’s Association kept them busy searching for the queen bee with their display hive.
All in all it was a thoroughly exciting day with lots to learn about healthy and sustainable eating, reducing food waste and food recycling!
You will be hearing lots from the Small Change Big Difference campaign so keep up to date and visit the Small Change Big Difference website as well as the Facebook page.
The Harvest Stomp is funded by London Legacy Development Corporation.