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Squashing food waste in Oxford

30th October - 9th November 2014

18,000 tonnes of pumpkin are thrown away at Halloween each year. That's same weight as 1,500 double decker buses which is why we used everyone's spooky staple as a prop to remind people how easy it is to do something about squashing food waste.

The Oxford Pumpkin Festival was a celebration of food. Creatively encouraging people to think about the food they throw away, challenging preconceptions, teaching new skills and having some fun along the way.

Collaborating with the brilliant Good Food Oxford and many other local groups, 23 events took Oxford by storm. Involving everything from workshops for kids to interactive immersive theatre taking people on a journey through the food supply chain. See the full line up of events here.

Over 2000 people came along to the festival events and almost 1500 got stuck in. 800 people tucked into a bowl of tasty pumpkin soup from the Abundance pop-up kitchen. People also picked up new skills in cooking workshops and joined in pumpkin carving workshops with tips on how to compost what’s left after Halloween.

The festival was popular across Oxford city with all sorts of people getting involved, including: Saturday afternoon shoppers, the arts community, restaurant diners, students, academics, primary school students, Community markets and the Asian Women’s Food Network.

Here are some of the highlights:

If you'd like to try out the celebrity chef recipe's, you can download our Pumpkin Recipe book here.


What's next:

Thank you for the huge amount of interest we've been getting around repeating the Pumpkin Festival next year. We’re planning many more events like this so stay tuned, join us here.

From popular demand we're also putting together a ‘How To Run A Pumpkin Festival’ guide. If you'd like to find out more, get involved or collaborate with us we'd love to hear from you, get it touch and say hello.