For all you London foodies looking to save money and chuck away less of your precious grub, being able to find local food-save events and recipe tips at the click of a mouse is an invaluable tool. While researching more about exactly what’s going on in London to combat the food waste issue, I compiled a list of the top 10 twitter feeds showing what’s not to be missed and who exactly to keep an eye on. So here are the important foodie feeds:
1. Food Cycle Pie in the Sky @FoodCycleCafe
This community café in East London is open Monday to Friday and caters city-wide! It’s no-waste philosophy is reflected in every event, meal and piece of advice its people provide. Dedicated staff at Food Cycle also train volunteers to build up their skills and foodie expertise to transfer into jobs. So whether you’re looking to develop your own skills, or simply chill out with a coffee and a brownie, (delicious by the way, and a steal at £1.50) Pie in the Sky is the place to do it.
2. Love Food Hate Waste @LFHW_UK
This company are all about wasting less and saving US money – what’s not to love?! Love Food Hate Waste are all about the 2 P’s – Portion and Planning. Their twitter feed is a daily frenzy of the latest updates about food saving initiatives across the UK, with a hive of activity in London. And of course – it is positively brimming with wholesome, tasty leftover recipe ideas to soothe your soul and belly – not to mention bank balance! So go on, share the love.
Attention all West Londoners! Now the fine people at West London Waste really care about their grub! Whether it’s biking their way all day long to 2nd chance smoothies at Richmond May Fair (I went along and, trust me, it’s no mean feat!), celebrating compost giveaway or giving simple advice on how to #saveaspud these people care about food. So we at FindersEaters care about them. Check their twitter for upcoming events and volunteering opportunities.
Dubbed ‘the UK’s first slimming club for bins, helping you to halve your waste in just two steps’, The Rubbish Diet are taking the UK, and especially London, by storm, offering public events and top tips that can help you recycle more, save money and be a savvy shopper. You can also sign up to their website to take a two-step email challenge to slim down your bin. Think Weight Watchers but without the choc cravings!
#Upcycling #foodwaste has never been easier with this lavish lot! Aiming to generate debate around food waste, they hold events across London offering music, entertainment, and 3-course vegan meals fit for a king. Leftovers never tasted so good! You can book online in advance via the twitter page or check out their website here.
‘London’s first egalitarian eatery’ is located in Dalston. Open until 2.30 most days for lunch, they offer lots of tasty fresh fruit and veg for you to take away on a ‘pay as you feel’ basis. You can check out audio from the Save The Date Café Launch here at Finders Eaters, or for more information visit their Facebook page.
Based at Kings Cross, Plan Zheros is a charity which links up shops and restaurants which have surplus food to organisations who distribute it to those in need. Their twitter feed is all about sustainable living and leftover recipe demos – so keep a close eye on it for food events near you. Borough Market is a popular venue!
8. Brixton People’s Kitchen @BrixtonPK
Just what it says on the tin! Surplus food for all – and they’ve now built a mobile kitchen on a bike (Yes, you read that right) to hold foodie events in South London.
Founded in Brixton and Hackney Wick, Snact have been ‘taking a bite out of food waste and food poverty’ in and around London. Check out their delicious healthy snacks and where to find them – all made from surplus food!
And finally…as the cliché goes – we hate to brag but we think we’re pretty awesome too!