1,000 Let’s Eat Glasgow! food vouchers to go to food banks and social enterprises across the city

Top city chefs will donate 1,000 £5 food vouchers to food banks and social enterprises, charities and community groups promoting food nutrition in Glasgow.

The chefs behind the new Real Food, Real Folk co-operative want to hear from food banks and social enterprises, charities and community groups interested in receiving a bundle of £5 vouchers for Scotland’s first restaurant festival and pop up market, Let’s Eat Glasgow!

Each £5 food voucher will entitle the holder to a plate from one of the member restaurants  – Cail Bruich, The Crabshakk, The Gannet, Guy’s, Mother India, the Ox and Finch, Stravaigin and The Ubiquitous Chip.

Let’s Eat Glasgow, which will take place at SWG3 in Finnieston on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th September, is believed to be the UK’s first large scale food and drink event committed to helping tackle food inequality.

The festival is the first major event from the Real Food, Real Folk co-operative which the chefs formed in November 2014 to promote Glasgow’s vibrant food scene and, at the same time, help encourage everyone to eat the fantastic West of Scotland produce on their doorstep.

Seven of the city’s most exciting and inspirational food-related social enterprises, which will receive some of the free food vouchers, have been given free stand space at Let’s Eat Glasgow!

Real Food, Real Folk donated the free stand space to the social enterprises, which are Locavore, Moogety Grub Hub, Plan Bee, The Freedom Bakery, The Milk Café, The Slow Food Movement and Urban Edge, to help them showcase their initiatives encouraging and empowering people to grow and eat good food to a wider audience.

Any profits from Let’s Eat Glasgow! will go into the Real Food, Real Folk community outreach programme which is already underway with member chefs helping established charity KitchenAid teach cookery skills to schoolchildren across the city.

Colin Clydesdale, Chair of Real Food, Real Folk, says:

“We have a vibrant food scene which can rival any city in the world but, at the same time, we can’t avoid the fact that many of our citizens still suffer from a poor diet. That’s either due to low income or simply a lack of understanding about how to source and cook the kind of good quality food which we have in abundance across the West of Scotland.

“Good food is a basic need. We created Let’s Eat Glasgow to bring the very best food right into the heart of the city. We’re now giving 1,000 vouchers to those folk who might not have had the money to taste the restaurant food served up at the event. We want to ensure that as many people as possible see, taste, enjoy great produce and cooked food and return home with the confidence and inspiration to eat well in their own homes.”

Organisations interested in putting their name forward for the free food vouchers must be a legally constituted social enterprise, charity, community group or voluntary organisation which is currently promoting healthy eating or helping those suffering from food poverty in the Glasgow area.

To register interest, organisations need to email their contact details to : info@letseatglasgow.co.uk by 5pm on Monday 31st August.

Names will be drawn at random with successful organisations notified on Tuesday 1st September.

Let’s Eat Glasgow!, which will be free to enter, is also Scotland’s first truly indigenous restaurant festival and pop-up market.

Visitors will journey field to fork at the fiesta of food which will take place in the old tobacco bond at SWG3.

Highlights include livestock, pop-up market celebrating 40 of the West of Scotland’s most exciting and innovative food and drink producers and food-based social enterprises, Real Food, Real Folk restaurants serving food for a fiver, demonstrations by guest chefs, butchers and fishmongers and live entertainment.

For more information, visit www.letseatglasgow.co.uk

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