Great Big Green Week is packed to the rafters with exciting events featuring the action Frome is taking to tackle climate change. A few events have a particular focus on showcasing local food producers, reducing food waste and the benefits these brings.
Many of us adopt the Meat Free Monday approach; its aim is to encourage a healthier diet, save animals and the planet for at least one day a week. Get some veggie inspiration on Monday 12th September, with Ally Read from Foodage4Thought as she hosts two sessions at the Welshmill Hub from 6pm-6.45pm & 7.15pm-8pm all about making a difference to our planet through our food habits. Ally and the group will be making delicious pitta breads and mouth-watering salads whilst talking about ways we can reduce our carbon footprint. They’ll be using biodegradable food packaging, recycled foil and ‘no-plastic’ cling wrap during the session which will be suitable for vegetarians, vegans and curious meat-eaters ready to try something new! There are only 8 spaces per session available so book early. Tickets cost £7 and can be found here.
On the evening of Wednesday 14th & Thursday 15th September Frome’s Food Hub will be holding their 20-mile pop-up feast. Local takeaway business hēt (meaning food with heat) will create a banquet using only hyperlocal ingredients and food products, all of which will be available from the Frome Food Hub and grown or made within 20 miles of town. The evening runs from 7-10pm at the Projects Café and will highlight the brilliant farmers and producers right on our doorstep, including Vallis Veg, Ivy House, GetPickled, Meadowsweet, Palette & Pasture and more. Tickets cost £35 but are limited so make sure you book early here.
And get Ready Steady Cook with the Community Fridge on Saturday 17th from 2pm-4pm down at the Market Yard. With Red Tomatoes and Green Peppers at the ready, join the team for some zero-waste foodie fun! Some of Frome’s top cooks will be challenged to make a tasty meal from ingredients provided in a Fair Frome food bank parcel and some surprise ingredients from the Community Fridge. The award-winning fridge collects surplus food from local shops and makes it available to the community, saving over 30 tons of food going to landfill a year. The event is free so just pop along and see what they rustle up.
Deputy Mayor of Frome, Cllr Philip Campagna, said: Well, there’s plenty to get your teeth into this Great Big Green Week, quite literally! We’re really pleased that these events have been added to the programme to highlight the importance of shopping locally, so our food doesn’t have to travel as far and therefore helping to improve our carbon footprints. If we all make little efforts collectively, we can make a big difference.”
Great Big Green Week runs from 11th – 18th September, you can read the full programme here.