Green Heart Fair – Helping You to Reduce Your Waste. As a fan of community events, this event covered two of my favourite topics – food and gardening!
I’m also on a journey of trying to reduce my waste and the impact that I have on the environment, so learning even more ways to help reduce my impact was another positive to come from this event for me.
The ‘LOVE FOOD hate waste’ stage was definitely one of my favourite highlights of the day – an opportunity to learn from various professional chefs and the focus on reducing waste in the kitchen was incredibly informative.
Watching chefs like Matt Golinski show you a variety of ways to use up bread so it doesn’t end up in the bin – like super crusty croutons for home cooked soups:
To a new take on the traditional ‘Bread and Butter Pudding’ – using up a variety of fruits nearing their useby date:
I loved they had screens up so everyone could follow along with the steps involved… being able to see the magic happening as he prepared both chicken soup and showed you how to use the bits and bobs of various veggies, as well as the chicken bones, being added to a chicken stock – reducing your waste even further!
Of course there’s nothing better than being able to sample the meal afterwards!
I was so inspired by this meal that the next day I prepped my own chicken stock in the slow cooker – I LOVE my comfort food as it is, I intend to make some crusty croutons to go with my soup too!
Keeping on with the theme of reducing food waste in the kitchen, Dominique, assisted by Sam, showed you more tips on how to reduce your waste and use up food and leftovers that you may have tossed out previously.
Showing us another version of soup to make (I love winter and all the wholesome home cooked meals that comes with it), along with a bacon and vegetable strudel – I found that dish particularly intriguing and that essentially you can any cuts of meat or vegetables with it and all meals shown can be adjusted to suit various dietary requirements and lifestyles – the meals are all incredibly versatile and designed to help you reduce waste in your fridge, freezer and pantry!
With my appetite whet (and inspiration filling my head with ideas for when I got home), it was time to explore my other passion… gardening!
I really love the concept of giving away free plants – you can’t get more green than that! It’s a brilliant idea and another way to help you reduce your impact on the environment (and even encourage beneficial insects, birds and bees to your garden!)
I also checked out Mallow who provided the compost bins to the ‘LOVE FOOD hate waste’ stage
They also run workshops on composting and woodmaking – stay tuned to the blog as they’ll be in a more indepth feature soon.
I was excited to come across BOGI and discover that they have an organic fair coming up as well! My green thumb is itching to add more to my veggie patch (both at home and the community garden!)
This was the first time visiting Green Heart Fair – there were so many stalls to look through – everything focused on helping you to reduce your plastic or food waste, your impact on the environment – they even had cars that run on electricity or (eeep) poo!
If you missed out on attending the event earlier this week, don’t fret – Green Heart Fair will be back again in September!
It’s a pet (dogs on leashes) and family friendly event with a variety of activities for the kids and numerous food trucks and stalls.
If you are planning to go in September, I suggest heading in early – it gets crowded and some of the activities are closed early due to the large number of people who attend on the day.
Keep an eye on the blog as I will start featuring some of the exhibitors on the blog, who can assist you in reducing your global footprint further!