Mindful Foodie

buying goodies from independent retailers. Overall the event was smaller than I expected but it was a lovely chilled bank holiday pastime.

Although it was a great day at the Foodie Festival, it opened my eyes to how much ready access many of us have to a huge choice of food and clean water. At the event I was mindful of people throwing perfectly good food in the bin because they’d had enough to eat. Food often gets wasted by many without a second thought, whilst millions of people¬†have no idea where their next meal will be coming from.

Food poverty still exists and tends to increasingly be forgotten about. Food festival organisers are becoming aware and socially responsible as some choose to donate to local charities, which is a good start. A great charitable initiative is OLIO, a social enterprise which recently helped the organisers of the Foodie Festival in Syon Park. OLIO links up producers of unwanted or surplus food, with people in need of food so the produce can be shared, rather than thrown away.

There are also amazing food charities like the Trussell Trust, Food Cycle and Oxfam which¬†aim to reduce food poverty and social isolation. These charities and organisations are a great reminder of the saying: ‚Äúwaste not want not”,¬†which¬†tells¬†us¬†not to waste our food, because we or someone else¬†might just need it in the future.

I hope this post inspires you to explore, enjoy and experiment with new food experiences, but to also mindfully think of others and take no meal for granted.

Yours truly,

Miss H ♥

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