Flexitarian Bristols’ First Food Workshops
The first blog of 2016 has to include a big New Year thank you to Artful Futures and the Bristol Good Food Tour (BGFT) who in December helped to create (and fund) the first two Flexitarian Bristol food workshops: “Brilliant Bean” and “Feel Good Food”.
How It Happened
The Bristol Good Food Tour was funded by Bristol Green Capital 2015 to promote healthy eating and empower people to cook food with a lower environmental footprint. So, throughout 2015 the BGFT funded events and cookery demonstrations across the city, showing how easy and affordable it is to cook delicious and nutritious meals that don’t cost the earth.
BUT with the end of the year fast approaching the BGFT knew that for the project to have a legacy the great work needed to continue in 2016. In November they challenged Flexitarian Bristol to develop two workshops, accompanying creative materials and pilot them – all before Christmas!!
Luckily for us one of Flexitarian Bristols many great volunteers, Miriam, runs her own business developing educational workshops and creating bespoke creat
ive materials for people of all ages. A few conversations and a bit….okay…. a whole lot of experimental cooking later and we had two fantastic workshops.
Brilliant Bean – Parson Street Primary School
On 2 December 2015, together with Artful Futures, we took the Brilliant Bean workshop to Fernando’s After School Club at Parson St Primary School. All the children, aged between 4 and 9, got hands-on making their own healthy snacks. Traffic Light hummus: a tasty trio of beetroot, carrot and chickpea dips were spread and a variety of vegetable shapes were used to create colourful tasty faces.
The second snack was our special ‘Snowball Surprise’! A recipe for fruity chocolatey truffles rolled in desiccated coconut contained a special ingredient… KIDNEY BEANS! No-one could believe these delicious snacks had a pulse. They then used them to build snowmen, which went down a treat.
“The snowman was yummy!” Finn, aged 4
“Wow! An amazing workshop – children were very engaged and loved being creative with food. Please come again! :-)” Miss Read
Feel Good Food – Barnardos, Whithywood
On 10th December, together with Artful Futures, we ran the “Feel Good Food” workshop in partnership with Barnardo’s in Withywood. A group of Barnardo’s staff, parents and children aged 8–14 came together to prepare a healthy meal from start to finish. They learnt basic cooking skills; celebrated vegetables, pulses and healthy eating through preparing and eating a delicious mixed bean stew! Everyone, staff included, had a great social food experience and the fact that it was fun and hands on meant that people were genuinely empowered to feed their bodies and minds with healthy foods that have a low environmental footprint.
“I had fun making the food. The food was very tasty and easy to do at home” Son and mum
“Thank you very much. I really enjoyed today, now I feel confident to cook with my mum and family” Child
“Amazing facilitators, excellent with the families” Barnardos staff member
2016 is the United Nations year of the pulse so watch this space for news of pulsating Flexitarian Bristol workshops near you and if you want to get involved or host a workshop GET IN TOUCH!!
Happy New Year