Food for thought at the Fair Christmas Fayre

Here at Fair Christmas Fayre we love food so there will be delicious treats to tickle your taste buds on the 29th November but also to take home for filling up those Christmas stockings.

However we hate seeing food go to waste which is why we are thrilled that Foodcycle, will have a space at the fayre.  We spoke to them about their passion for turning surplus food into healthy meals for vulnerable people and their scrumptious chutneys, jams and preserves that they will be selling on the day.

What will you be selling at the Fair Christmas Fayre this year?

Our new range of Christmas cards (see photo below) and a selection of homemade chutneys, jams and preserves from our community café – Pie in the Sky in Bromley-by-Bow. There’ll also be some FoodCycle merchandise: t-shirts, aprons, badges and more! We’re currently in the process of coming up with some Christmassy games, which will of course be food-related, and are offering some great prizes – watch this space!


Tell us about why you started Foodcycle​?

Foodcycle are a charity that combine volunteers, surplus food and spare kitchen spaces to create nutritious meals for people at risk from food poverty and social isolation.  FoodCycle was started with the joint objectives of reducing food waste and food poverty, training volunteers and building resilient communities.

An estimated 15 million tons of food is wasted in the UK each year, something we think is totally inexcusable, considering that over 4 million people experience food poverty in this country alone. Furthermore, those at risk of food poverty are likely to be at risk of other disadvantages, such as social isolation, poor health and homelessness.

Our triple donation model combines volunteers, kitchen space and surplus food to address this issue – providing vulnerable people with healthy meals that are served in warm, friendly environments. We cooked our first meal in May 2009 and have gone from strength to strength ever since!

FoodCycle also focuses on empowering volunteers. We provide comprehensive training and support, which enables volunteers to become positive agents of change in their communities.

Why did you want to trade at the Fair Christmas Fayre?

Although FoodCycle uses volunteers and donations as much as possible to keep our running costs low, we still need to raise funds for things like insurance, volunteer training and extra ingredients to ensure our meals are healthy and balanced. We hope to generate funds that will enable us to continue our projects and reach out to more vulnerable people this Christmas.

The Fair Christmas Fayre will also be a great chance for us to spread our mission further, attracting more volunteers, supporters and guests to our projects.

What is your favourite thing about Christmas?

Two words: Nut. Roast. Although we’ve heard “it’s not really Christmas without the turkey”, at FoodCycle we like to embrace alternative ideas of the true meaning of Christmas. (Plus, Steven has an amazing walnut and lentil nut roast recipe, which he might even share at the Fayre, if you ask nicely!)

Any good Christmas Cracker jokes?

How did Mary and Joseph know that Jesus was 7lb 6 oz when he was born?

They had a weigh in the manger!

Check out Foodcycle’s website for more information, including how you can volunteer at one of their 18 volunteer-powered community projects across the UK, reclaiming food that would otherwise be wasted to cook healthy and delicious meals for those in need.


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