What is a Disco Soup?
Disco Soup is an international grassroots movement to raise awareness of food waste. Disco Soup originates from Slow Food Youth Germany, who devised the concept – “Schnippel Disko” – preparing otherwise-wasted vegetables within a party-like atmosphere, which has since been replicated from Paris to Nairobi to New York. Disco Soup events have the goal of shedding light on the food waste problem, sensitizing people and having fun through cooking with food that would otherwise have gone to waste, sharing food, having fun and listening to music.
The closest Disco soup which has been held was in Kilburn in Brent. It brought together about 150 people from across the community. In the UK, food waste campaigner, Tristram Stuart has been an advocate of holding Disco Soup events in order to help get the community thinking about food waste.
We agree with Tristram, so were delighted when our friends at ‘The Rubbish Diet‘ approached us with a plan to raise awareness of this important issue. On 24th October we joined forces to hold our own Disco Soup. However, this being Southall, we thought it was good to put a bhangra spin on things.
The aim of the event was:
- To raise awareness of the problem of food waste and the need to think about what food we all throw away.
- To network the community so that good food which is being thrown away locally by retailers might be able to go to local charitable groups that could use it.
- Get people talking about food waste in the Southall community.
- Get local authority information and messages out to local residents about how to recycle food properly and increase food waste recycling in Southall.
- Hold a fun community event which brings the community together on an important issue.
On Saturday 13th June people came together to ‘Bring & Share’ ideas, experiences, passion, skills and – let’s not forget – food & drink.
At Southall Transition we believe the community has the power to solve many of its own problems. On the day, groups emerged around the themes that were identified from the feedback at the Grand Launch in March. These groups began to explore practical steps towards tackling issues such as food-growing, tree-planting, healthy lifestyles and more.
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We’re grateful for the use of St John’s Community Hall in Havelock Road for this event.
The Grand Launch of Southall Transition took place n Sunday 22 March. We took over the Dominion Centre with activities, information and food. The programme was as follows:
Workshops from 2.30pm
- Dr Bike – bike repair and maintenance (bring your bike for a free tune-up)
- Seed sowing
- Arts and crafts
- Clothes upcycling
- Healthy snacks
- Secondary glazing for windows
- Bread making
Programme from 5.00pm
- Official opening by Cllr Tej Bagha, Mayor of Ealing
- Interactive discussion
Free vegetarian dinner from 7.00pm
The following groups and organisations were also in attendance:
A Rocha UK, Catalyst Housing, Ealing Council, Ealing Transition, Friends of the Earth, Hanwell & Norwood Green Orchard Trail, the Metropolitan Police, the Rubbish Diet and the Selborne Society.
The Grand Launch took place at the Dominion Centre,112 The Green, Southall, UB2 4BQ.
We have a problem with Stuff. We use too much, too much of it is toxic and we don’t share it very well. But that’s not the way things have to be. Together, we can build a society based on better not more, sharing not selfishness, community not division.
The Story of Stuff is a short animated documentary about the life cycle of material goods. The documentary is critical of excessive consumerism and promotes sustainability.
“You cannot run a linear system on a finite planet indefinitely” Annie Leonard
This film was screened as a part of the ‘Story of Stuff’ event on Thursday 16th October 2014.
The focus of the night was to help people to generate less waste & also save money. In addition to the movie there were up-cycling demos, discussion, free food & drink, & more besides. There were even some ‘goodies’ given away.
This FREE event was jointly run by Southall Transition, Ealing Council and HelpLink and was hosted at:
The Dominion Centre, 112 The Green, Southall [UB2 4BQ]. Doors opened at 7.30PM.
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