Saturday 15th March 2014 – CFPC Launch & ‘Feed the City’ Event

Join us from 10am to 4pm on Saturday March 15th 2014 on the Grand Parade in Cork City for the official launch of Cork Food Policy Council and the ‘Feed the City’ Event.

Besides the formal launch of the Cork Food Policy Council at 1:15pm by the Lord Mayor there will be a wide range of other activities taking place between 10am and 4pm on the Grand Parade site close to the Central Library.

The centre piece of the Launch Event will be the preparation and serving of over 5,000 plates of vegetable curry at the event. This lunch, free for everyone in attendance to enjoy, will be prepared from perfectly safe surplus vegetables that would otherwise have gone to waste. One of the key messages from the event will therefore be the need to reduce the volumes of food thrown away each day.



Cookery Demonstrations

A dedicated marquee with seating for 100 people will be used for cookery demonstrations with Denis Cotter (proprietor of Café Paradiso and author of several books) and Mercy Fenton (Head Chef at Jacobs on the Mall for many years and now food business entrepreneur) confirmed.


Talks & Food Trail

The Central Library itself will host a series of short talks throughout the day, and an exhibition around food will be on display inside the entrance.

A ‘Food Trail’, representing elements of the natural plant-based food cycle, will be set up on the concourse outside the Library comprising of experts and information stands as well as raised bed and composting demonstration areas. The Food Trail will include:

  • Madeline McKeever from Brown Envelope Seeds will be there with a range of her heritage varieties.

  • Grow It Yourself (GIY) Cork will explain how to construct your own raised bed and will demonstrate seed planting and other gardening tips. Community Gardens will also be represented at the event.

  • The Clean Technology Centre (CIT), representing Stop Food Waste and the Local Authority Prevention Network, will be there to provide tips on how to save money through food waste prevention in your home.

  • Donal O’Leary from Waste Down will be providing expert advice and demonstrations on how to turn your kitchen waste into high quality compost for the garden.


On-Street Entertainment

Cork Community Circus will be on hand to provide street entertainment, including face painting, while music will provided by some special guests including musicians Bobby Lee, Ger Wolfe and the band The Lost Geckos.


Event Schedule


Opening of the ‘Food Trail’ outside the Central Library, Grand Parade. The Food Trail represents elements of the natural plant-based food cycle. Check out our experts and information stands on heritage seeds, gardening, composting and food waste as well as raised bed construction, seed planting and composting demonstrations. FOOD TRAIL AREA

11am -3pm

Face-painting for children


‘What is the Cork Food Policy Council?’ Colin Sage (Chair, CFPC) DEMO MARQUEE


Cookery Demonstration: ‘Creative, simple ways to use more veg for the family’

Mercy Fenton (Chef, Director Wicked Desserts) DEMO MARQUEE


Tutti Frutti Cork Community Circus Street Performance


‘What’s New in Healthy Eating’ Caroline O’Connor (Community Dietician, (HSE South) LIBRARY


‘Feed the City’ – Feeding of 5,000 people commences


Official launch of Cork Food Policy Council

Cllr. Catherine Clancy Lord Mayor of Cork City, DEMO MARQUEE


‘Be Smart – don’t buy food waste’ – Colum Gibson (Clean Technology Centre) LIBRARY


Cookery Demonstration: ‘Boost Your Energy’ Lucy Hyland (Food & Health Consultant) DEMO MARQUEE


‘Food Projects in Kinsale’ Nicholas Harvey, Transition Town Kinsale LIBRARY


Cookery Demonstration: ‘Exotics of the Hungry Gap’

Denis Cotter (Proprietor Café Paradiso) DEMO MARQUEE


Closing session: Colin Sage (Chair, CFPC) DEMO MARQUEE


Event Closes


This is a totally FREE event for all the family running from 10am to 4pm… make sure to tell your friends about it. There is a free lunch in it!

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