Foody events: festivals, community days and volunteering opportunities

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This is the season where good weather is promised and it is great to be out and about. Here are some dates for you diaries of festivals and Community Days in and around Cambridge, taking place in September and October. Take these opportunities of autumn weekends to enjoy the perks of fun activities, independent businesses and often local food. In addition, at each of these events Cambridge Sustainable Food (CSF) will have an information stall, where you can learn more about sustainable cooking and eating and the various projects linked to CFS. Alternatively you could volunteer at these, and help out behind the stall.

Foody Festivals:

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The Cambridge Food, Garden and Produce Festival – Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September @ 10am- 5pm

This 2 day food festival held in the centre of Cambridge on Parker’s Piece promises to be an exciting event for both Cambridge residents and visitors. Showcasing home-grown produce, baked goods, and flowers, involving competitions and cooking demonstrations, this festival has a lot to offer. Find out more here.

Milton Country Park Autumn Festival – Sunday 25th September @ 10am – 5pm

A fantastic day out for family and community in the wonderful Milton Country Park, this festival is based on a produce show and farming event. It will showcase some of Cambridge’s local independent food, craft and community enterprises with fun activities from forest school craft to apple pressing. Find out more about the Autumn Festival here.

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Histon and Impington Village Food Festival – Saturday 1st September @ 10am – 2pm

A locally organised food festival held at Histon and Impington Community Orchard, this will be a fantastic event for the whole family and all in the community as well as visitors. With local food outlets, advice on hens and allotments, apple pressing for kids and much more there will be lots on offer. For more information see our event page here.

 

 

Community Days

These are events for local residents which take place in specific neighbourhoods around Cambridge, organised with the help of the City Council during the summer and autumn. With activities including skips where residents can bring unwanted objects to be recycled, ‘swap tables’ for second hand things run by the City Recycling Champions, as well as barbecues and other refreshments these are days for the community to come together, and often share local produce as well. Cambridge Sustainable Food will be holding interactive information stalls at the upcoming Community Days, with activities for children and information for adults, Love Food Hate Waste Freebies like spaghetti portion measurers and lots of great recipes.

Queen Edith Community Day – Saturday 3rd September @ 9am – 2pm

Northfields Avenue Community Day – Saturday 24th September @ 9am – 2pm

Ditton Fields Community Day – Saturday 8th October @  9am – 2pm

Cambridge Sustainable Food – Stalls and volunteering

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At both the community days and the food festivals, CFS will be holding a stall to spread the word about how people can create healthy meals in a sustainable way. At the stalls there are lots of resources for you to find out how to buy, cook and eat food that is good for us and good for the planet, with questionnaires, quizzes, and recipes to give out. There will also be a friendly face to answer questions about eating sustainably and about the various projects in which CSF is involved, as well as freebies related to the Love Food Hate Waste campaign like compost caddies and magnetic reusable to-do lists. So please come find us and have a chat.

Volunteer with us

If you feel that you could help out at these stalls, and are interested in volunteering with CFS at one or even multiple of these events, please visit the get involved page or email Laura at laura@cambridgesustainablefood.org.