“Food for the body is not enough. There must be food for the soul.” Dorothy Day
When a chef prepares a meal and puts a great deal of effort and passion into the process, you can almost sense it when you sample their culinary creation. To me, food which nourishes you is not just based on your 5 a day, it’s based on appreciating and experiencing the flavours, colours, textures and vibrancy of what you eat. Food that nourishes you is the patience, hard graft and attention given to the tiny seeds planted in the ground, which eventually become a delicious meal on your plate.
I am not a food expert. I just love eating, exploring food cultures and sharing different dishes. So when I heard about the Foodie Festival over the bank holiday weekend, I jumped at the chance to attend! Based in Syon Park, the festival hosted an Artisan Producers Market which offered lots of yummy food and drink samples; live cookery shows; street food from across the globe; pamper stalls; and live entertainment.
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: “waste 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.
Miss H ♥