STAND UP FOR REAL FOOD!
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LOCAL FOOD EVENT IDEAS
Food Revolution Day is the perfect opportunity to talk about food produced and sold in your local area, and to get people to begin thinking about their food choices. Events will be happening across the world on the weekend of May 19th and anyone can volunteer to create a local food event. It’s a great way for chefs, gardeners and food educators to offer unique food experiences to their community, whether offering free events or asking that people donate to participate; either way be sure to make it clear why you are organizing the event. Here are some ideas for how you can lend your time and talent to get your community on board:
CREATE AN EVENT
CALLING ALL RESTAURANTS
Good food is the essence of what this day is all about, so restaurants are a perfect place to raise awareness. Why not host a community dinner at your restaurant and donate some of the profits, or give money from one specific Food Revolution dish on the menu? You could even open your restaurant to the local community and get them to cook or bring their own dishes.
GET YOUR SCHOOL INVOLVED
Getting food education back in schools is vital, so there is nowhere better to hold an event. Whether you run cooking demonstrations and vegetable tastings, or have a flavored-milk or junk food-free day, the opportunities for kick-starting the conversation in schools are endless. Talk to your PTA, health and wellness committee, school staff, and other parents to see how they can help.
HOST AN EVENT AT YOUR WORKPLACE
Why not get your company involved in the week leading up to Food Revolution Day? You could host a lunch for your colleagues, have a bake-off or get some cooking classes on the go. It’s a great opportunity to talk about the importance of good food in the workplace, because we all work better when we’re fueled by fresh, nutritious food.
COOKING CLASSES & DEMOS
Community cooking classes are a great way to spread the word and share lifelong skills and knowledge. Once one person is taught how to cook, they can pass those skills on to their friends and family, so the chain continues. Whether you are a chef or just love to cook, this is a great way to share your love of food.
Set up some gardening classes at your local gardening or horticultural centre, community or school garden to show your community where their food comes from, what kind of ingredients are grown locally, and how easy it is to start growing your own. Whether you have a garden big enough to grow your own vegetables or just a plant pot on your windowsill, with just a little knowledge, a lot can be achieved.
FARMERS’ MARKET TOURS
Where better to start the conversation on local foods and connect with your community than at your local farmers’ market? Talk to your local vendors about setting up a tour of the market and finding fun activities for kids, so your community can learn more about what’s available at the market, where it comes from and how it doesn’t always cost more.
GROCERY STORE TOURS
Organizing a tour of your local grocery store will give your community more knowledge of what’s available and how to get the best bargains while supporting local businesses and fresh produce. The tour will also give them loads of great ideas if they are hosting a fundraising dinner party.
GET PEOPLE EXERCISING
Exercise and healthy eating go hand in hand, so why not incorporate your favorite exercises into your Food Revolution Day activities? Host a yoga class, fun run or sports day to demonstrate how exercise can be part of a healthy lifestyle. After all the action you can refuel with a fresh, homemade meal together.
BAKE SALE & LEMONADE STANDS
Get the kids involved and have some old-fashioned fun with bake sales and lemonade stands. Set up some stalls in your neighborhood and cater for the locals. It’s a great way to get your kids on board, as they prepare, cook and sell their creations themselves. Remember, everything you sell must be made from scratch!
FARM & RANCH VISITS
Why not get a community group together and head on over to a local farm or ranch? There is nowhere better to learn about where food comes from than at the source itself. This is also a great opportunity to connect with your local farmers and build a close community that supports one another.
LOCAL FOOD PICNICS & KIDS PARTIES
Everyone loves a picnic! Get your community together and head on down to the nearest green space, school field or park. Everyone can bring their own dish to share. You could also get all the kids together for a food party, create some tasters and easy recipes to try, or incorporate some food-based games into the event – think apple bobbing, or egg ’n’ spoon races.
STREET PARTIES & BBQS
Garden parties, street parties and barbecues are great fun! You could set up a table and chairs outside, get some candles and lanterns and have a proper sit down meal out in the open. Depending on how much space you have you could invite friends and family for a garden party or get the whole community involved and have a good old fashioned street party!
DINNER PARTY IDEAS
Everyone loves a dinner party and on the weekend of 19 May, people around the world from Auckland to Honolulu, will be hosting special meals in support of food education and increasing awareness about the food we eat. The aim is to cook with fresh ingredients – no processed foods allowed. Sign up and add your dinner to the map and you’ll receive an event page to invite guests, share your menu and recipes, add photos, videos, and fund raise for a great cause. Whatever party you throw, encourage your guests to learn more about ‘real food’ and share with us your highlights. Here are a few ideas to get started:
There is no limit to how extravagant your party can be. You could even get your whole community together and have a street party. Why not get local catering centers, restaurants and community groups on board? Of course, there is no limit to how small your party can be either, as long as you share great food and raise awareness of the Food Revolution mission.
Have you ever been to a pop-up restaurant? Why not hold your own? It would be a great way to get people talking about your event and start the conversation on local food. Anyone who sees the restaurant will be able to come and say hello. Although they require a little more planning and preparation, once up and running they are well worth it and could raise lots of money for the Food Revolution.
At a potluck dinner, every guest brings one dish to share. Getting your community together for a potluck is not only a great way to help raise funds, but also a fun way to get to know your neighbors, learn about food and enjoy some dishes you wouldn’t normally cook. You could centre it around one cuisine, assign each guest a course or dish, or everyone can just bring ingredients and you can all cook together.
THEME YOUR NIGHT
If you want to mix things up a bit, why not give your dinner party a theme? You could pick a specific cuisine – anything from British to Indian, or Mexican to Japanese – and even add a fancy dress element if you are feeling adventurous. It would be a great start for discussions about food issues around the world.
If you like a bit of competition, why not get a group of friends together and have a cooking competition? Have each friend host a dinner party in the run-up to Food Revolution Day. You can all secretly score one another and then on 19 May have a big final dinner, where you all cook together and the winner is announced.
If it’s always you who cooks, why not vary who is in the kitchen – men only, or women only, grandparents, bosses, or teachers? You could even host a series of dinner parties, and at each one get a different group to cook. It’s a great way to teach people new skills, and you’ll then get to compare the menu choice and cooking style each group goes for. You could even have a party where the kids cook, under supervision of course…
BRING ON THE FUN
Your dinner party is not just about fundraising and spreading the Food Revolution Day message, it’s also about having fun with your friends and family, and enjoying great food. Make it feel like a real occasion by adding some decorations and flowers to the tables, making fun name tags for your guests or downloading and playing our free Food Revolution dinner party game. Do you have a great dinner party suggestion? Let us know