Thursday, 1 September 2016

The UK's First Big Food Festival With a Big Heart

Glasgow, Let's Eat Glasgow, Food festival

SWG3, Finnieston

Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th September

Glasgow, Let's Eat Glasgow, Food festival
Colin Clydesdale, Chair of the Real Food, Real Folk co-operative of top Glasgow chefs, tucked into a symbolically heart-shaped vegan dessert handmade by producer Poppy Murricane to celebrate Let’s Eat Glasgow!, the UK’s first major food festival raising money to help tackle food inequality, which takes place at SWG3, Finnieston, this weekend (Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th September).
The not for profit Real Food, Real Folk co-operative of Cail Bruich, Crabshakk, Guy’s Restaurant, Mother India, Ox and Finch, Stravaigin, The Gannet and Ubiquitous Chip, which will all serve food from a fiver at the event, created Let’s Eat Glasgow! to inspire folk to eat the great food and drink being grown, reared, fished and cooked on our doorstep whilst raising money to help tackle food inequality across the city.
The eight Real Food, Real Folk restaurants will be joined by seven guest restaurants - Banana Leaf, CafĂ© Gandolfi, El Perro Negro, Eusebi Deli, Lychee Oriental, The Hanoi Bike Shop and Wee Guy’s.
As well as the restaurants, a host of guest celebrities and chefs will take part in the cooking demonstration programme - Alex Norton, Des Clarke, Gavin Mitchell, Tam Cowan, Jacqueline O’Donnell, Sumayya Usmani, Craig Grozier, Gary Goldie and Johnny Aitken.
All 15 restaurants and guest celebrities and chefs are donating their time to the event which is FREE to enter with restaurant food from a fiver.
Much of the 3.5 tonnes of ingredients for the restaurant plates are also being gifted in-kind or supplied at a discounted rate by food and drink suppliers.
Any profits from Let’s Eat Glasgow! will go towards Real Food, Real Folk’s work to help address food inequality in the city.
Colin Clydesdale, Chair of Real Food, Real Folk, says: “Let’s Eat Glasgow! is all about inspiration and choice."
“By bringing some of the most innovative and exciting chefs, community organisations and producers, like Poppy, into the city, we want folk to be inspired to discover, try and then buy and cook the amazing food and drink we produce here on our doorstep."
“We’re hugely grateful to all our guest celebrities and chefs, the guest restaurants and suppliers from across our industry for stepping up to the plate to help raise money. With their support we want to help create a place where everyone has the opportunity to eat well.”
Glasgow, Let's Eat Glasgow, Food festival
Poppy will be one of 50 of the cream of food and drink producers from across the West of Scotland and trailblazing Glasgow-based social enterprises taking part in the pop-up market at Let’s Eat Glasgow!, which was a sell-out when it launched last year.

She will launch RAWNCHY!, her new and pioneering range of organic raw and vegan desserts.

Gluten free, dairy free and processed sugar free, the desserts include raw organic raspberry and Sicilian lemon cheesecake, raw 'chocolate' mousse and raw 'chocolate' truffles flavoured with coconut, Goji berry, raspberry, orange, lemon, rose, nut or pink Himalayan sea salt.

Bottle of Ginger will be one of nine social enterprises receiving free stand space at Let’s Eat Glasgow! to raise awareness of their project and sell their produce to a wider, commercial market so aiding their sustainability.

The Bridgeton-based social enterprise will also launch a new product at the event – a thirst-quenching bottle of fizz.

Let’s Eat Glasgow! is no ordinary food festival and this is no ordinary ‘bottle of ginger’. Foraged, micro-farmed and made with only natural, organic and Fairtrade ingredients, Bottle of Ginger will be hand manufactured in small batches in the East End of Glasgow.

Profits from sales of the new drink will go towards funding sister social enterprise, The East Ate, which runs projects to change the way people eat, grow and think about food in Bridgeton and surrounding areas.

In addition to the cooking demonstrations and pop-up market, the 15 restaurants will take visitors on a gastronomic world tour with 43 dishes reflecting delicious cuisine from Scotland, Europe, Asia and the Orient, priced from just £5.00. Advance purchase of restaurant food vouchers highly recommended.

Other attractions include a small farmyard, live music, an observation beehive, insect display by the University of Glasgow and interactive Taste Adventure for children aged 4 – 12 years.



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