Big Green Food Weekend – This Saturday

Building on the success of last year’s Big Lunch, Northfield Ecocentre
are holding a Big Green Food Weekend that aims to show local people
how growing and cooking your own food is easy, cheap and fun whilst
celebrating the abundance of local food artisans that are springing up
across South Birmingham.

The free event, which takes place on Saturday 4th June 2011, from 11am
– 4pm, will host a local food market, drawing together the talent of
Loaf (community bakery and cookery school), Frost and Snow Cupcakes,
Artisan Preserves (jams, chutneys, sauces), Our Lizzy (vegan and
vegetarian food), Barrow Boy (fresh fruit and vegetables), South
Birmingham Food Co-op, Martineau Gardens (edible plants) and more*.

Northfield Ecocentre are also inviting neighbours, near and far, to
join the Big Lunch (12 – 2pm) in the garden, an annual community event
organised by the Eden Project. Alongside millions of people across the
UK doing the same, it will be an opportunity to have fun, meet new
people and get to know your local community a little bit more, whilst
tucking in to edible treats. Bring some food or drink to share or buy
something tasty on the day from one of our food stalls and add it to
the table. This year a record number of people are expected to take
part in the Big Lunch, so let’s help swell the numbers and beat last
year’s achievement!

There will also be a Love Food Hate Waste cookery demonstration,
organised by Birmingham City Council’s Fleet and Waste Management
Team. Guided by a trained chef, visitors will learn how to cook some
mouth-watering dishes from items so often throw away. There will be
curries and fruit smoothies and more. Follow your nose and you’ll find

Northfield Ecocentre will also be opening the garden to the public to
showcase the hard work of our volunteers throughout the year. The
ecocentre’s domestic sized garden boasts a small organic vegetable
patch, emerging forest garden, wildlife area and sensory garden.  It
also has a greenhouse and cold frame made from 2 litre plastic drinks
bottles collected by staff and visitors to the centre. Come along and
see how we’ve managed to pack lots in to our small urban space, and
take away a fact sheet or two about how to grow your own vegetables at

There will also be opportunity to buy home grown vegetables and herbs
for nurturing in your own garden, on a windowsill or in a plant pot to
start you on your way, or join in with our Seed Swap. Just bring along
any packets of seeds that are in date, that you no longer need and
swap them for something new. We will have heritage seeds available
kindly donated to us by Garden Organic down the road in Coventry. So
it’s first come, first served. Get here early for the best pick of the

This family friendly event will also have activities for children to
get involved.


Notes for Editor

For more information contact:

Jane, Northfield Ecocentre Events Manager

Tel: 0121 448 0119 Email:

Please Note: Our Big Lunch is taking place on the Saturday to allow
visitors to attend other local lunches taking places on the Sunday,
the official day of the Big Lunch.

Northfield Ecocentre –

Northfield Ecocentre works with the community to find practical ways
to live better and protect the environment. The centre which opened in
March 2009 is fitted with many sustainable features such as a hot
water solar panel, a green roof, an air source heat pump and an array
of energy saving light bulbs. The Ecocentre offers advice on any green
or sustainable issue and serves as a hub to sign post people to other
organisations or green local businesses. Northfield Ecocentre is owned
by Central England Area Quaker Meeting of the Religious Society of
Friends (Registered Charity No. 224571).

The Big lunch –

A Big Lunch can be anything from a few neighbours getting together in
the garden or on the street, to a full blown party with food, music
and decoration that quite literally stops the traffic. Since starting
in 2009, thousands of Big Lunches have taken place in all kinds of
communities across the UK and the best part of a million people get
involved each year.

Stirchley Community Market* –

South Birmingham is fast becoming a hotbed for grassroots food
activities. Many of the artisans represented at the Big Green Food
Weekend are represented at the vibrant community market in the city
suburb of Stirchley. The market takes place on the 1st Tuesday of the
month, 4 – 8pm at Stirchley United Working Men’s Club, B30 2PP.

Love Food Hate Waste –

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