The Real Junk Food Project – Chester’s first pop-up event at Wesley Church last Friday was a sweeping success.
We intercepted 34 kilos of fresh strawberries, which we made into jam (see above). In addition, we saved 10 kilos of salmon pate, chicken and bacon spread, boxes of fresh salads, dozens of breads and rolls, quiches, and pizzaz. There was Carrot Cake and Tiramisu, cherry chocolate cake, croissants and scones. There were 6 kg of fresh kale and 10 kg of spinach. There was so much food that we didn’t know how to serve, such as crabs’ claws and lobster legs. In the end, we gave the leftovers to Richmond court’s residents, a local hospice, and shared with freinds and neighbours, and the patrons of St. Barbara Orthodox Church in Chester.
We also had bought coffee and tea which were very appreciated at our event. We fed about 40 people and enjoyed a visit from Hoole Councillor and Chester Sheriff Alex Black and his wife, Lady Janet. Their kind words and evident appetites warmed our hearts and made us proud.
Special thanks gomout to our unbeliavably disciplined, savvy and kind volunteers: Vanisa Tailor, Anika Shingdia and Catrin Lewis from Chester University, and the wonderfully thoughtful Helen Blank. Of course, we also couldn’t have done this without the patience and faith in us of Andrew Herbert and the Rev. Neil Stacey.
Thank you all who stopped by and tried our food!
We are at Wesley Methodist Church again two weekends from now, 17th April. We hope to see you there again.
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Let’s spread the word about The Real Junk Food Project – Chester and find it its won premises so that it can opertae as a cafe every day of the week. There is so much great food waiting to be saved!