Pumpkin Festival Events

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This page shows information about the 2015 festival.

Click here to view the 2016 website and find out about this year’s fantastic foodie events!

 

Throughout the Festival – 2015

The city’s street food collective, foodPark, will be creating some pumpkin-themed street food specials during the festival. Participating traders will add a pumpkin dish to their menus at foodPark’s lunch markets:

Visit the website for lunch market locations and traders throughout the festival.

Scambridge-food-tour-linton-kitchen-terraceome local restaurants are laying on a special pumpkin-themed dish or meal throughout the festival:

The Cock, Hemingford Grey

The Tickell Arms, Whittlesford

The Linton Kitchen, Linton

Bridges, Cambridge

Wednesday 21st October

• Cambridge Storytellers (see website)
CB2 Café, 5-7 Norfolk St CB1 2LD
8pm -10pm
£8/£6 Tickets on the door

Ghost Stories with Rob Lloyd Parry. Cambridge’s own master of horror brings MR James to our Halloween event. Rob tours his ghost story performances with great acclaim to persons of a nervous disposition around the country.


Friday 23rd October

• Pumpkin Festival Launch Night
St Paul’s Church, Hills Road, CB2 1JP
7.30pm – 9.30pm
Free

childgimpJoin us at our celebratory launch night for an evening of inspiring talks, fabulous food and live music in the wonderfully decorated space at St. Paul’s. We are delighted that Sam Joseph from Skipchen in Bristol will give the main talk – Skipchen is one of the several Pay as You Feel cafes which are springing up around the country, creating delicious meals from food that would otherwise be wasted and then asking customers to pay whatever they think the meal is worth! There will also be mini-talks from four of our participating organisations, giving a taste of what is in store!

Fabulous food from Cambridge Food Cycle and brilliant music from the amazing local band Misspent Ukes.

Saturday 24th October

• “Let’s squash food waste” pumpkin stall
Market Square, outside the Guildhall, Cambridge
9am – 4pm

Pumpkin and squash displays, free soup and other tasty morsels, pumpkin carving, recipes – and find out more about our great events!

• Seasonal story telling session
Milton Road Library, Ascham Road, CB4 2BD
10.30am – 11.30am
Free, no booking needed

Children need to be accompanied by an adult. Suitable for younger children. Enjoy some seasonal stories – probably involving pumpkins!

• FoodCycle lunch – Feed Bellies Not Bins!CIhOUiaWIAAYKEZ
Lower Hall, St Paul’s, Hills Road, Cambridge CB1 2JP
12.00 – 2.00 p.m.
£2 suggested donation, no need to book

Come and enjoy a three course vegetarian feast, made by volunteers from food that would otherwise be wasted. All food – pumpkins included – is donated by local businesses, and collected by volunteers on the Friday. Then it’s a race to dream up the most imaginative and creative menu possible. Think Ready Steady Cook with food waste!

• Pumpkin Labyrinth
Orchard Park Community Centre, Central Avenue, CB4 2UZ
5:30pm – 7:30pm
Free but donations welcome.
To book contact Kay (
singing.kay@googlemail.com)

Follow the candlelit pathway for a magical journey, suitable for all ages. The labyrinth will be outdoors, dress for the weather! Refreshments provided.

photo2-skipchen-facebook-3Sunday 25th October

• Pip’s Pay as You Feel Pumpkin Pop-up
Lower Hall, St Paul’s, Hills Road, Cambridge CB1 2JP
7.00pm – 9.00 p.m.

Try the dining experience that has taken the country by storm. Drop in and try a range of delicious vegetarian and vegan dishes, created from food destined for the bin and rescued by a team of volunteers. Then pay what you think the meal was worth. You can see the menu here. To book your place please visit the Eventbrite page. For more information, please email cambridge@foodcycle.org.uk.

Monday 26th October

• Simple Squash Supper – CANCELLED
St Paul’s Church, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 1JP
6pm – 7.30pm
Suggested £2 donation
No need to book

Come along to a weekly community meal at St. Paul’s. One course, home-cooked food – featuring pumpkins, of course!


pumpkinsssTuesday 27th October

• Pumpkin Picnic
St James’s Church, Wulfstan Way, Cambridge CB1 8QJ
12-2pm
A Pumpkin Party for all the family: baking, cooking, face-painting, pumpkin carving and more! Bring food to share. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

• food4food Pop-up Community Cafe 
St. Andrew’s Hall, St Andrew’s Rd, Cambridge, CB4 1DH
12 – 2pm
Cost depends on menu choice

food4food will serve their usual lunch menu with some additional specials based on a pumpkin theme. We hope to perfect our pumpkin pie for dessert!

• Cambridge Cyrenians Allotment Project (CCAP) Pumpkin Stall
St. Andrew’s Hall, St Andrew’s Rd, Cambridge, CB4 1DH
12 – 2pm

CCAP will be selling a variety of different local squashes from Whitehill allotment site and pumpkins provided by Prospects Trust (see website) at Snakehall Farm.

• Grow it, cook it, eat it
Ross Street Community Centre, Ross Street CB1 3UZ
7pm – 9pm
Cost £2 unless bringing a dish and recipe to share
To book email mitfry@hotmail.co.uk
Bring, share, taste, swap pumpkin and pumpkin seed recipes. There will also be a talk about growing pumpkins and squash. A great evening of swapping and sharing with pumpkin enthusiasts! Organised by the Transition Cambridge Food Group.

Wednesday 28th October

• food4food Pop-up Community Cafe
St Andrew’s Hall, St Andrew’s Rd, Cambridge, CB4 1DH
12 – 2pm
Cost depends on menu choice

food4food will serve their usual lunch menu with some additional specials based on a pumpkin theme. We hope to perfect our pumpkin pie for dessert!

Thursday 29th October

• food4food Pop-up community cafe
St. Andrew’s Hall, St Andrew’s Rd, Cambridge, CB4 1DH
12 – 2pm
Cost depends on menu choice

food4food will serve their usual lunch menu with some additional specials based on a pumpkin theme. We hope to perfect our pumpkin pie for dessert!

1450310915_3e8018b132_b• Making the most of Food – Half-term Cooking Workshop
Arbury Community Centre, Campkin Road, CB4 2LD
12.15pm – 2.15pm
Free
Booking essential – email sam@cambridgesustainablefood.org

Fun and lively pumpkin cookery workshop for families, led by Sam Dyer, who runs Curly Kale Cafe. Cook and then eat together!

 


• Composting Capers – Visit to Amey Waste Management Park, Waterbeach
Mini-bus leaves Mill Road Depot 1pm, returning 5pm. The actual visit is from 2pm to 4pm.
Free
Booking essential, email Rebecca.weymouthwood@cambridge.gov.uk

Beyond the bin – what happens once you put your pumpkin in your green bin? The site visit will show you the journey it takes and all the wonderful workings at the waste management park to turn your rubbish into a resource! No children under six. Organised by Cambridge City Council. Maximum of 16 places. Meet at the depot at 1pm – there is free parking there if needed.

• Family Singing Workshop
North Room, St Andrews Church, Cambridge Road (at the junction with Church Lane), Girton CB3 0PN
2pm – 4pm
£5 adult, £3 child or £10 for a family
To book contact Kay at singing.kay@googlemail.com

Songs with a seasonal, pumpkin theme to join in and sing. A fun, interactive session. Children need to bring an adult! Refreshments provided.

• A Sustainable ‘Free From’ Feast6ed87807-e297-4836-8b4b-a74f9ed08784
The Free Press Pub, 7 Prospect Row, Cambridge, CB1 1DU
6pm – 9pm
Starters and mains from £5 – £12

Barbara Fernandez (the Rocking Raw Chef) will be preparing a selection of delicious vegan food from 6 to 9 pm at Cambridge’s The Free Press pub: everything from Creamy Pumpkin Soup, to Corn Cakes with Mango Salsa, to Pumpkin Mousse, Pumpkin Cookies, Carrot Cake and more. Booking essential as it looks like the pub will be full: call 01223 368 337 or tweet @freepresspub.

• Abbey Pumpkin Festival
Margaret Wright Community Orchard, Whitehill Rd, CB5 8LT
4:30pm – 6:30pm
Free
Let us know if you’re coming by emailing info@abbeypeople.org.uk 

Family friendly event: pumpkin soup, pumpkin carving, face-painting, games, campfire, songs and smores. Children under 11 with an adult.


Friday 30th October

• food4food Pop-up Community Cafe
St. Andrew’s Hall, St Andrew’s Rd, Cambridge, CB4 1DH
12 – 2pm
Cost depends on menu choice

food4food  will serve their usual lunch menu with some additional specials based on a pumpkin theme. We hope to perfect our pumpkin pie for dessert!

• Provenance Kitchen at Thirsty 
46 Chesterton Road, Cambridge
5 – 9pm

Produce-oriented caterers Provenance Kitchen will be cooking up a special pumpkin menu for this pop-up food event at new bar and cafe Thirsty. There will also be Amber beer tasting! You can see the menu here.

• Lanterns of Light
Main Hall, St Paul’s, Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 1JP
4.00pm – 6.00 p.m.
For children young – and old! Children under the age of 7 must be accompanied by an adult.

OCTOBER – winter is on its way, the days are growing short and the nights are long.  This is traditionally the time when bonfires and lanterns glow to chase away the dark.  Come and join us at St. Paul’s in our celebration of the light; decorate pumpkin lanterns – and enter yours into a competition – then join in a procession of light, celebrate and enjoy a candle-lit simple supper with your friends and neighbours. This is a multi-faith event.

• Snakehall’s Spooky Ghost Walk
Snakehall Farm, Swaffham Road, Reach, Cambridgeshire, CB25 0HZ
(3 walks) 6.30pm, 7.30pm and 8.30pm
£5 a ticket, includes spicy pumpkin soup. To book (essential) phone 01638741551.

Prepare to be scared at Snakehall Farm! Guided walks of the farm with spooky goings on, fun and games for all the family.

Saturday 31st October

• “Let’s squash food waste” pumpkin stall
Market Square, outside the Guildhall, Cambridge
9am – 4pm

Pumpkin and squash displays, free soup and other tasty morsels, pumpkin carving, recipes – and find out more about our great events!

• FoodCycle lunch – Feed Bellies Not Bins!
Lower Hall, St Paul’s, Hills Road, Cambridge CB1 2JP
12.00 – 2.00 p.m.
£2 suggested donation, no need to bookLinton Kitchen PF competition poster

Come and enjoy a three course vegetarian feast, made by volunteers from food that would otherwise be wasted. All food – pumpkins included – is donated by local businesses, and collected by volunteers on the Friday. Then it’s a race to dream up the most imaginative and creative menu possible. Think Ready Steady Cook with food waste!

• Pumpkin Carving Competition

The Linton Kitchen, 30 High St, Linton, Cambridge CB21 4HS

Buy a sustainable and local pumpkin from The Linton Kitchen from 23rd October onward and bring it back carved on Halloween with the most imaginative design you can think of to be in with a chance of winning! The judging will take place at 3pm.

Sunday 1st November

• Pumpkin bread-making workshop – CANCELLED
Chesterton, Cambridge (address given when booking)
11am – 4.30pm
Cost £45 – £25 depending on your circumstances
To book email abundancebakehouse@gmail.com

A small hands-on workshop in the registered kitchen of artisan Real Bread baker Meg of Abundance Bakehouse.

Monday 2nd November

curly• Curly Kale Cafe Pop-up
The Alexandra Arms, 22 Gwydir St, Cambridge CB1 2LL
Lunch 12.30pm – 2.30pm • Dinner 6pm – 9.30pm
£17.50 two courses. £22.50 for three
Book via www.curlykalecafe.co.uk or email curlykalecafe@gmail.com

A vegetarian/vegan feast made from local ingredients with special pumpkin starters, mains and dessert. Curly Kale has a big following locally and now is your chance to find out why! (Sam and Blake were recently runners up in the Food Heroes section of the Cambridge News Food and Drink Awards.)

• Simple Squash Supper
St Paul’s Church, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 1JP
6pm – 7.30pm
Suggested £2 donation
No need to book

Come along to a weekly community meal at St. Paul’s. One course, home-cooked food – featuring pumpkins, of course!

Tuesday 3rd November

• Curly Kale Cafe Pop-up
The Alexandra Arms, 22 Gwydir St, Cambridge CB1 2LL
Lunch 12.30pm – 2.30pm • Dinner 6pm – 9.30pm
£17.50 two courses. £22.50 for three
Book via www.curlykalecafe.co.uk or email: curlykalecafe@gmail.com

A vegetarian/vegan feast made from local ingredients with special pumpkin starters, mains and dessert. Curly Kale has a big following locally and now is your chance to find out why! (Sam and Blake were recently runners up in the Food Heroes section of the Cambridge News Food and Drink Awards.)

Wednesday 4th November

• FoodCycle Family Supper
Barnwell Baptist Church, Howard Road, Cambridge, CB5 8QS
6.00pm – 7.30 p.m.
£2 suggested donation, no need to book

Just got home from work and don’t feel like cooking? Want to take the kids out to eat but don’t want to pay restaurant prices? Then come and enjoy a two-course vegetarian meal, especially for local families (although everyone is welcome). All food donated by local businesses, from stuff that would otherwise be wasted, and cooked by volunteers.

idsThursday 5th November

• Pumpkin bread-making workshop
Chesterton, Cambridge (address given when booking)
11am – 4.30pm
Cost £45 – £25 depending on your circumstances
To book email abundancebakehouse@gmail.com

A small hands-on workshop in the registered kitchen of artisan Real Bread baker Meg of Abundance Bakehouse.

Friday 6th November

• Pip’s Pay as You Feel Pumpkin Pop-up
Lower Hall, St Paul’s, Hills Road, Cambridge CB1 2JP
7.00 – 9.00 p.m.

Try the dining experience that has taken the country by storm. Drop in and try a range of delicious vegetarian and vegan dishes, created from food destined for the bin and rescued by a team of volunteers. Then pay what you think the meal was worth. You can see the menu here. To book your place please visit the Eventbrite page. For more information, you can email cambridge@foodcycle.org.uk.

Saturday 7th November

• FoodCycle lunch – Feed Bellies Not Bins!
Lower Hall, St Paul’s, Hills Road, Cambridge CB1 2JP
12.00 – 2.00 p.m.
£2 suggested donation, no need to book

Come and enjoy a three course vegetarian feast, made by volunteers from food that would otherwise be wasted. All food – pumpkins included – is donated by local businesses, and collected by volunteers on the Friday. Then it’s a race to dream up the most imaginative and creative menu possible. Think Ready Steady Cook with food waste!

• Kids’ Disco Soup
Main and Lower Hall, St Paul’s, Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 1JP
4pm – 7 pm
Free, although donations are very welcome.

Peel, chop, grate, roast, simmer – and dance! Disco soup is a worldwide phenomenon that has been hitting hit the headlines recently – and it’s coming to Cambridge in the first ever disco soup especially for children. Make supper together from donated food waste, while DJ ‘Wunjo Music’ provides the beat! No need to book – just come along and eat to the beat in a fun, communal atmosphere! Fancy dress if you’re feeling brave enough!

Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.