Slow Food Norwich are again taking part in the Pumpkin Waste festival in Norwich this October, we were first approached by the London based charity HUBBUB in spring 2015 to see if we would represent Norwich in the Pumpkin Rescue project which is being held in cities all across the UK.Pumpkin Rescue began in 2014 in the city of Oxford where over twenty groups took part in events across the city and with more than 2,000 people attending these varied events, which included workshops, dinners and other food related events on the day.The event last year included input by the well known Fire Pit Camp near Swaffham and this year we will have volunteers from Slow food Norwich taking part with the events to be held at the Forum on October 29th.
This year Hubbub is again involved with setting up pumpkin rescue festivals in more than 20 cities which includes our city of Norwich in East Anglia, our region being one of the largest growers of pumpkins in the UK and with that we have a large amount of waste left over after the October celebrations of Halloween.
The City Council has this year team up with several supermarkets including Sainsbury and Morrisons to provide wast collection centres at their stores in Norwich as well as centres to be set up by the Council throughout the City.
We are very pleased that it was because of Slow Food Norwich and Anglia that this scheme was introduced to the City and hope it will spread more widely across Norfolk in the coming years.
HUBBUB has been very supportive of groups across the UK to help promote this festival this year and they hope that this will grow both in size and importance over the coming years, and already a city in the US has joined in this years activities.
The Pumpkin rescue is an example of where Slow Food in Norwich and also across the UK can be involved on the ground with important environmental projects, our ethos at Slow Food Norwich is to both protect good clean local foods and also promote responsible sustainable initiatives in the city and Norfolk.
We had several speakers who focused on food waste issues when we held our first dedicated Slow Food festival in Norwich in August, this was only possible because of the backing of the Environment team from Norwich City Council, as well as members of Slow Food Anglia and Slow Food England, We will help promote this important event with our members and other community groups across Norwich so as to make the 2016 Pumpkin Waste festival widely known throughout the city of Norwich.