Last night the girls and I headed down to the edgy end of Bristol, Stokes Croft, to attend a Food Cycle. You may have heard of these before, but in a nutshell they are an evening of charity, music and good food. Sounds great. The main point of a Food Cycle however is to reclaim the unused food that supermarkets through away daily (not from the bin but still packaged perfectly fine food which has gone ever so slightly past its self-by date and they can’t use) and to use it to make a cheap and delicious meal – all while supporting local charities. I’m not going to lie, I was slightly worried about the food part, even when I was assured that the food did not come from a bin, and declared I was going veggie for the night just in case – only to be told the whole thing is a vegetarian event…woops.
So after paying the bargain price of £5 for our entry and struggling to find somewhere to sit (it was so busy with over 100 people) we settled down on a table at the back next to some very nice girls and awaited our food. The event was BYOB so we had a Mangers while waiting, but typically we were all getting on the dangerous side of ravenous and our conversation was getting worse. When I’m that hungry my eyes tend to stare at the wall and I can’t really hear anything apart from my own stomach, many will vouch for how annoying it must be to be in a restaurant with me before food has been served….
Anyway soon after the event was introduced, the first course arrived – Thai Soup with Garlic bread! It was very spicy and absolutely delicious, filled with interesting favours such as lemon-grass and sesame seeds. I had no idea the food was going to be so wholesome and healthy and it was amazing every time. The next course was a spicy vegetable curry, which came with home-made apricot chutney and Raita. The portions were slightly too small for our liking, but you do have to consider how difficult it must be to cook for 100 people on a budget. The final course was the best- hot banana bread with fruit compote, delish! During the evening we were given talks by local charities asking for our support – we’ve all signed up to volunteer at the Fairtrade Cafe (hitting one of my new years resolutions on the head). The evening ended with some live bands and a free loaf of bread! Great night and will definitely go again.
To volunteer at or to see if there is a Food Cycle happening near you click here