Pumpkin Festival squashes food waste

By John Charlton

The Oxford Pumpkin Festival is returning for its fourth year with events across the city run by the Good Food Oxford network. This annual event is a celebration of food: creatively encouraging people to think about the food they throw away, challenging preconceptions and teaching new skills. November usually starts with a flood of pumpkins being wasted, but Good Food Oxford organisations are “squashing food waste” by encouraging people to eat rather than discard the flesh of their Halloween pumpkins.

The message from Good Food Oxford is to Carve it, Cook it, Eat it – Don’t bin it!

The festival will include a pop-up pumpkin bistro, pumpkin-themed market stalls and cafe menus, surplus food cook-ups, pumpkin fancy dress, bonfires and live music.

The festival will end with a Disco Soup event in Bonn Square on Sunday 5th November from 11am – 3pm. The event will provide the opportunity for members of the public to chop, dance, celebrate & eat pumpkin soup to the beat of the music. People can find out just how much edible delicious food is being wasted, whilst having a good time and helping make sure some of it gets into hungry bellies. The event will be completely free and accessible to all.

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