2017 Festival report published

The 2017 Power of Food Festival has been and gone, but summer is still in full swing and community gardeners are busy enjoying the fruit of their year-long labour.

We have had an excellent response to our feedback survey and have pulled together a colourful report to capture this year’s great celebration and to share our thoughts on how to make the Festival a continuing success.

Whatever your involvement and interest in The Power of Food Festival, we very much hope you enjoy the read. We feel the report tells a fabulous story of how we can work together and make the whole greater than the sum of the parts. Have a read and don’t hesitate to give us your thoughts.

You can access the 2017 Festival Report here.

And if you are not yet Festival member, now is the time to do it! It’s only £1/year, but it is priceless as a demonstration of your support and desire to see the Festival continue. Click here.

Thank you!

 

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Thank You!

We wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who has helped us make the 2017 Power of Food Festival such a success. From the amazing community gardens who opened their gates, to the volunteers who contributed their time to sing, cook, bike, run workshops and classes, to the many who helped us promote the event, and finally to everyone who visited a community garden during the weekend.

You’re amazing.

From the four corners of the city people came together to celebrate and you really did create a magical weekend. There was so much joy, laughter and fun – stories shared and new friends made.

There are plenty of photos up on our Facebook and Twitter. Please do share your photos and stories with us too!

We’d also really appreciate your feedback. Organising the Festival is a huge undertaking and we want to understand how we can make it the best it can possibly be.

PLEASE COMPLETE OUR SHORT SURVEY NOW and let us know how the Festival was for you.

Also, if you enjoyed the weekend and would like us to continue please do consider becoming a member. Membership is £1 per year. By becoming a member, you are joining and supporting a social and environmental movement that is working towards a better world. You are also telling us that you also want for the Festival to continue showcasing and celebrating community food growing into the future, and you help us do so!

Our members give us invaluable financial and moral support. Every £ counts very much as the Festival is entirely volunteer-run and does not receive any grant funding. But it’s about much more than that, really. The main reason why it is important for us to have a strong membership base, is that it shows us that many people care about this cause and that all our efforts are valued.

It’s here!

The weather is looking promising and we can’t wait to celebrate! This weekend, 29 gardens across Edinburgh are opening their gates and inviting you to discover and share their beautiful spaces. Visit one or many! The Festival is entirely free.

  • Plan your visit – Download our Events Programme & check out the app to plan your day
  • Get on your bike! Sustrans are running guided bike rides on Saturday – there is still time to book your free spot to join them for a great day out
  • Share – we’d love to hear your stories & see photos of the Festival please connect with us on Facebook or Twitter. Don’t forget to use #PoFFest17 to help other people see what’s going on across the city.

Community gardens are a vital part of our urban landscape and come in many different shapes and sizes. The one thing they all have in common is that they bring people together around a meaningful concept of growing food together, sometimes on the most unlikely piece of land.
We look forward to celebrating with you tomorrow!

Festival Launch Night!

On Monday night this week we were delighted to be able to host a Festival kick off dinner at Ostara Cafe. The wonderful Real Junk Food Project Edinburgh cooked up a storm – feeding 30 from food which would have been on its way to landfill had it not been diverted by the Real Junk Food Project.

During the course of the evening we heard from several speakers. Donna from TRJFP not only gave us the run down on an amazing menu (to delighted oooh’s & aaaahs!) but also shared little about the work their amazing volunteers do to raise awareness of the issue of food waste, help people to eat and cook better and instigate change towards a more sustainable, efficient and just food system.

David, Chef-proprieter of Ostara  reflected on his research into community food growing research. In particular he shared three moving stories of people he had met in community gardens to illustrate the key importance of the gardens to community, in knowledge exchange and the importance of using land for the common good.

Ewan Aitken of the Cyrenians, shared his thoughts on how good food has less to do with nutrition and everything to do with connection. He shared some inspiring stories about the work Cyrenians is doing to reconnect people through food. You can read more from him on the evening on his CEO blog.

Food is universal & concerns us all: we all have to eat to live. It can often be found at the intersection of many complex global issues and we were honoured to be able to open the 2017 Festival Programme with a joyful shared dinner to discuss some of the challenges and opportunities with old friends & new.

We are really looking forward to celebrating with everyone across the city on 17th & 18th June. Check out our programme to plan your visit and don’t forget to keep in touch by facebook, twitter or by joining our mailing list.

See you soon!

We’re on STV!

The wonderful Mel Hindle made a great film about the Festival featuring Granton Community Orchard Garden, Edinburgh Community Gardeners & Cyrenians. If you missed us on #LiveAtFive on STV2 this week, you can catch up on STVplayer and hear about The Power of Food Festival coming to 29 community food gardens across #Edinburgh on 17-18 June 2017.

Watch it on our vimeo channel:
https://vimeo.com/221750762

or on STV catch up (25m30s):
http://player.stv.tv/episode/3hx4/live-five/

The 2017 programme of events is launched!

The Power of Food Festival, a great celebration of community food growing, will be held in 29 gardens across Edinburgh on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 June. The full programme of free activities is now available here. Thanks to a number of wonderful partners, we are able to offer a wide range of free entertainment for children and adults, including: music and singing, edible plants walk, yoga, talks & stalls about the impact of our food choices, bioblitz, bug hunt, dance performance, food-inspired poetry-making workshop, drystone dyking course, as well as sharing in the pleasure of eating together.

Entry to the gardens and all Festival activities are free (food may be offered on a ‘pay as you feel’ basis), and all are welcome to attend.

We are delighted that Sustrans’ guided bike rides around the Festival return for the 3rd consecutive year! Rides are free, but places are limited and must be booked in advance. You can book here.

Our new partnership with the Ostara Café is enabling us to hold, for the first time, a Festival launch evening on Monday 12th June. This will involve a pay-as-you-feel meal and friendly conversation. Our launch evening couldn’t happen without the kind and generous input of The Real Junk Food Project, The Cyrenians and Edinburgh Living Landscape. Places are very limited, so book your seat now.

2017 marks the third edition of the Festival and showcases community food growing as a way to promote greater societal wellbeing and environmental sustainability. The Power of Food Festival provides a unique opportunity to (re)discover the city and take the pulse of its vibrant and varied neighbourhoods. We are thrilled to be releasing our new short film about the Festival, lovingly made by Sarah Fairbrothers; it offers a beautiful insight into what the Festival is all about. You can enjoy watching it here.

The detailed programme includes maps for different parts of the city to help visitors plan their weekend’s exploration, sustainable travel information, and a schedule of timed events. The full programme is available here.

Media enquiries can be emailed to the Festival team: poweroffoodfestival@outlook.com

 

Background note:

The story of The Power of Food Festival itself is a simple one. With so many inspiring food gardens springing up around the city, transforming individual lives and communities, the Festival seeks to highlight community food growing as a powerful force for social change – connecting people, building trust, doing something together that’s greater than the sum of the parts. It aims to raise awareness of the environmental and social impact of our everyday food choices. It centres around a joyful garden gate open weekend and offer an exciting programme of free events and activities at local venues. Hosted by community food gardens, the Festival is the opportunity to be inspired by positive stories of collective action. Unlike traditional food festivals, this event gives the public the chance to go on location and experience how food is grown by local residents in their own neighbourhoods.

The Festival is entirely volunteer-run and operates without any grant funding. It seeks to harness the great human potential of our city and draws on people’s energy, enthusiasm and talents. The Power of Food Festival team would like to thank all those who are working hard to make the gardens and this Festival grow from strength to strength. It is a heart-warming sign of the community empowerment the Festival aims to celebrate.

Programme

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We are thrilled to announce that 29 gardens, including over a dozen that are new to the Festival, are gearing up for a joyful weekend of fun and inspiration, hopefully in the sun!

Download our Festival Posters to print out here!

Full programme & event listing coming soon!

Check out the interactive map below for gardens participating in the 2017 Festival (please note gardens will be open at various times during the Festival weekend – check out the full programme for details)

Festival line-up revealed!

The summer solstice marks a special date in Edinburgh’s festival calendar. A time of growth and renewal, it has been chosen to showcase and celebrate the incredible richness of the city’s community food gardens. What was started as an experiment in 2015 is now growing into its third edition planned for 17th-18th June 2017.

We are thrilled to announce that 29 gardens, including over a dozen that are new to the Festival, are gearing up for a joyful weekend of fun and inspiration, hopefully in the sun!

The 2017 programme will invite visitors on a city-wide exploration. From the heart of the city centre all the way to the outer edges, the Festival demonstrates the tremendous diversity of Edinburgh’s food-growing community gardens and the fantastic people who keep them alive. Many of these community food gardens are little gems hidden away in neighbourhoods seldom the focus of city-wide festivals and all have a unique story to share. This year’s programme will include a 17th century garden in the heart of the Old Town, an urban croft in Leith and an old farm steading in the Pentlands, as well as a food garden on the grounds of a GP practice, to name but a few.  

Over the two days, the gardens will open their gates to the public and stage a range of free activities for all ages and interests, from music and storytelling, apple pressing and bioblitz, to food growing and food tasting! So come and join us and bring the community alive!

We are delighted that our precious partnership with Sustrans will enable us to offer guided bike tours of the gardens again.

Keep an eye out for the Festival’s full programme will be available in May.

A Growing Community

The story of The Power of Food Festival itself is a simple one. With so many inspiring food gardens springing up around the city, transforming individual lives and communities, the Festival seeks to highlight community food growing as a powerful force for social change – connecting people, building trust, doing something together that’s greater than the sum of the parts. It aims to raise awareness of the environmental and social impact of our everyday food choices. It centres around a joyful garden gate open weekend and offer an exciting programme of free events and activities at local venues. Hosted by community food gardens, the Festival is the opportunity to be inspired by positive stories of collective action. Unlike traditional food festivals, this event gives the public the chance to go on location and experience how food is grown by local residents in their own neighbourhoods.

The Festival is entirely volunteer-run and operates without any grant funding. It seeks to harness the great human potential of our city and draws on people’s energy, enthusiasm and talents. The Power of Food Festival team would like to thank all those who are working hard to make the gardens and this Festival grow from strength to strength. It is a heart-warming sign of the community empowerment the Festival aims to celebrate.

If you haven’t already, you too can play an active part in the Festival. We welcome offers of in-kind help, partnership and sponsorships. Or you can simply give us your support:

For more information, please get in touch with the Festival team:  poweroffoodfestival [@] outlook.com

Positively Scottish

We were delighted to be interviewed by Positively Scottish and share the story behind The Power of Food Festival.

Positively Scottish is a not-for-profit online magazine dedicated to telling positive stories about ordinary Scots, at home and abroad, and how they’re tackling the many issues of a fast-changing world.

Their stories focus on people and a solution…not just the problem that lies behind it. With a focus on uplifting stories celebrating community & people it is a publication which shares many values with the Festival.

Read more from Positively Scottish team about The Power of Food Festival here

Celebrating Community Change-makers

The Power of Food Festival is on!

The 2017 Power of Food Festival has been launched and registration to get involved is now open! With a brand new team, a brand new logo and a brand new website, the third edition of the Festival will take place on 17th-18th of June across Edinburgh’s participating community gardens.

For a full weekend, the city’s community gardens will open to the public and welcome visitors – free of charge – to a variety of activities including informative tours, educational and fun workshops, entertainment, and food sampling, etc.  And based on the number and quality of attendants to our AGM and the interest picked up on social media, this year’s Festival is becoming very exciting for everybody, including us!

Community gardens, community havens

Edinburgh’s numerous community food gardens are diverse; however, they all flourish thanks to the energy and passion of teams of volunteers without which they couldn’t exist. Community gardens present a healthy outlet to the pressures of contemporary life, as they help maintain both physical and mental health. In fact, gardeners often mention a rewarding sense of engagement, pride and fulfillment. Community gardens are also fertile grounds for budding new friendships. On top of providing a cheaper, healthier and more sustainable way of producing food, therefore, they also enhance the relationship between individuals and their local, natural and social environment. The Festival celebrates this by showcasing the gardens, highlighting the impressive work of these change-makers, and helping community food-growing become an integral part of urban life.

Be part of the fun and get involved now!

  • As a visitor: mark the date and don’t miss this joyful, communal celebration of your city’s inner beauty! Go on and explore and discover these hidden gems on your doorstep!
  • Community food gardens: ensure that your garden is included in the festivities by registering your garden  before 31st March.
  • External contributors: anyone who would be interested in working with a garden to host an event on the festival weekend can get involved! In the past we have had people volunteer their time to the gardens and run events such as crafts, music, workshops etc. Please register your interest before 31st March.
  • Partners: have your organisation support the event and benefit from it by registering as a partner before 31st March.
  • As a volunteer: we need help at many levels. Level of skill is truly no issue; all you really need is energy and enthusiasm, so take the chance to be actively involved and register as a volunteer.
  • Become a member: join the movement and make a one pound contribution to support The Power of Food Festival. You will receive news of our activities. Become a member 

Whatever your involvement, don’t forget to:

For more information, or to drop your comments and suggestions, email us poweroffoodfestival[at]outlook.com  or drop us a note through our online contact page