Zero Waste Scotland is partnering with the brand new Eat and Drink Festival, which is co-locating with the Ideal Home Show Scotland, to encourage Scots to prevent food ending up needlessly in the bin.
With Scottish households throwing away more than 600,000 tonnes of food every year, the Love Food Hate Waste campaign is challenging people to shop smart and plan ahead.
Collaborating with Chef Neil Forbes of Cafe St Honoré, Zero Waste Scotland is partnering with the Foodie Lab at the Eat and Drink Festival, which takes place at Glasgow’s SEC from 26th-29th May.
Alongside a host of other top chefs, including Hardeep Singh Kohli, and Chris Charalambous as well as Gregg Wallace and Rosemary Shrager, Neil will be taking to the demonstration stage over the course of the weekend to share his expertise.
The total cost of food waste is £460 per household per year and 60% of all food and drink that ends up in household refuse could be avoided, if consumers use up what they buy, store foods differently or get creative with leftover ingredients.
By demonstrating creative recipe ideas and top tips to minimise food waste, visitors to the show will be encouraged to ‘do their bit’, which in this case, is as simple as keeping food out of the bin.
Commenting on the partnership, Neil Forbes said: “I’m delighted to be working with Love Food Hate Waste at the first Eat & Drink Festival Scotland. Love Food Hate Waste’s message is important to anyone who cooks – make the most of what you’re cooking with, have even more great meals to enjoy and save money in the process.
“We can all do more to tackle waste and to demonstrate, I’ve created three simple recipes to inspire everyone to make the most of the food in their cupboards and fridges. I look forward to sharing them.”
Ylva Haglund, campaign manager for Love Food Hate Waste said: “Love Food Hate Waste is excited about partnering with the first ever Eat & Drink Festival Scotland, raising awareness among visitors of all the simple ways you can cut food waste, enjoy your food even more and save money.
“It’s terrific to have support from renowned Chef Neil Forbes, who has created some mouth-watering, totally brand new recipes to share with festival goers. I can’t wait to taste them!”
From the team behind Scotland’s leading homes event, the Ideal Home Show Scotland, the Eat & Drink Festival brings together a feast for the senses, with artisan producers, chefs and food vendors on hand to showcase the latest flavours and food trends.