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A CELEBRATION OF KINDNESS, COMMUNITY AND THE FIGHT AGAINST FOOD WASTE

Posted On: 15 Jun 2018

The Piece Hall is delighted to have teamed up with global social movement organisations Incredible Edible and The Real Junk Food Project for an exclusive FREE one-day community event ‘The Incredible Fabulous Feast’. The event takes place at The Piece Hall in the heart of Halifax on Sunday 24 June from 2pm. The event encourages the West Yorkshire, wider Yorkshire community and beyond, to come together, enjoy the free fresh vegetarian and vegan food cooked onsite, to join in with some of the cooking and to soak up the atmosphere with the free live entertainment on offer.

‘The ‘Incredible Fabulous Feast’ has been selected as one of the beacon events representing the Jo Cox Foundation for 2018. There is a total of twelve similar events taking place across the country, however the one taking place in Halifax on the 24 June is the only one being run using acts of kindness and where no money will exchange hands!

Some of the acts of kindness already happening to bring this event to life include chefs giving up their time for free to come along and cook for the masses, food that has been intercepted being used to feed thousands, companies donating paper bowls and cups, the venue space being let for free, and hundred plus volunteers from the area coming together to create an enjoyable event for all.

This FREE event is part of The Incredible Festival of Ideas that runs from the 21 -24 June in and around Calderdale. The original masterminds Mary Clear, one of the founders of Incredible Edible and Adam Smith, the founder of The Real Junk Food Project, are firm believers in the power of bringing people together through acts of kindness and to help raise the profile of (and fight against) food waste.

The Founder of Incredible Edible, Mary Clear said: “It’s ten years since we started out to create a self-sustaining project. It’s been a great journey, we thought we would end our birthday celebrations showing what can be done with kindness and where better than the Piece Hall. There’s nothing that quite beats eating together, food is the glue for a stronger community. In this modern world full of doom and gloom, where nothing is certain, it might be the uncertain weather or the banking system changing, some kindness will not go amiss in the fast-paced world we live in today”

Mary went on to say “The Incredible Edible team believe in kindness. We believe that we do have more in common than divides us. Feasting in a fabulous building is one way to test our theory. What’s not to like? The best venue in the north, fabulous cooks, great music, fun for children and all for free thanks to the acts of kindness from many. The festival of ideas brings people together to learn about other folks amazing ideas, together we can be inspirers to continue making the valley special, the food events will raise awareness of the crazy waste we have in the UK food system. We will leave behind a network of food activists and kick start the real junk food project Calderdale. “

The Founder of The Real Junk Food Project West Yorkshire, Adam Smith said: The Real Junk Food Project is a global network I set up at the age of 27 when I realised there was an issue with food waste. My aim is to abolish surplus food. We work with international and local partners to intercept food destined for landfill and redistribute it through a network of Pay As You Feel sharehouses, cafes and school partnerships. Since December 2013, The Real Junk Food Project has saved 3,414,702kg of food and fed around 1.1million people. I am delighted to be working with Mary Clear, her team and The Piece Hall on this event. The Real Junk Food Project will be provide 500g on average of food per person, that’s approximately 1,250,000g or 1.2 tonnes of food. No food will be wasted at this event. Everyone is encouraged to take left over food home to share with their loved ones and with those they know need it.”

The community can expect and enjoy free food cooked by brilliant chefs, free live entertainment, join in with some of the cooking and to take food home with them.

There’s something for everyone as the chefs include community cook Mickala Booth – Catering & Operations Manager at the University of Huddersfield; renowned veggie chef Scott Patient Archer – the newly elected Councillor for Luddnedenfoot; Thai cooks from across Calderdale including business woman Pajaree who was the very first woman to set up a Thai restaurant in Halifax, Asian food from the Todmorden community; Sisters United from Queens Road multicultural cooking; cooks from Suma Wholefoods; David Wilson (Vegan chef) from Square Chapel Arts Centre and The Real junk Food Project and chefs from the Yorkshire Regiment.

Suma Wholefoods (an organisation that was born in Halifax) is a workers’ co-operative known throughout Europe. They believe that Co-operation is a better way to work and are an avid supporter of the Incredible Edible venture. They are supporting this event by helping to run the smoothie bikes, they are supplying large pans for the chefs to use, they are also providing cooking stations and plan milk (rice, oat and coconut) some of which will be used for the smoothies that will be given out for free.

There will be plenty of music and entertainment to dance off all that food. There’s choirs, solo singers, clog dancing and live DJs. Some of the acts include Oaken hoof, the Amici cantorella singers, and DJ Paul Branigan Superstyle me Disco.

For those who wish to get involved, they can do so by helping with some of the cooking. The community can help make banana pancakes and help toss the giant salad using a huge parachute.

The Chief Executive of The Piece Hall Trust, Nicky Chance-Thompson said: We are absolutely delighted to have been approached to work in partnership with such brilliant organisations who share our values. This event represents a great cause and we believe it is important to highlight and help raise awareness of the ‘power of kindness’. I’m honoured this event is part of the Jo Cox ‘get together’ movement and pleased The Piece Hall will be hosting this free event for all to enjoy. This is an event that’s been created through acts of kindness and people and organisations using their skills and food resources as gifts for the community.

The entertainment and cooking will commence from 2pm, and the eating from 4pm onwards on Sunday 24 June. For more information call the Welcome Centre on 01422 525217

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The Piece Hall heritage regeneration project is also supported by Garfield Weston Foundation and The Wolfson Foundation.
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