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Waste Less, Lunch Free returns to North London


Last year we shared over 5,000 portions of food with more than 2,500 people Waste Less, Lunch Free events and this summer the events are returning to seven north London boroughs. Brought to you by Keep Britain Tidy and funded by North London Waste Authority, these events are to highlight the issue of food waste and how people can tackle it at home.

From stale bread to soggy lettuce, an average family in the UK wastes an estimated £800 worth of food that could otherwise have been eaten each year. For the average person, the value of food wasted is estimated to be £230 each year.


At this year’s events we’ll be demonstrating how everybody can ‘lunch well for less’ by cooking some delicious recipes and handing out free tasters to attendees - think curries, salads, pancakes and smoothies - made from ingredients that would otherwise have gone to waste (sourced from suppliers who provide food items coming to the end of their useful life).

As well as enjoying the food, there’ll be a chance for attendees to learn how they can reduce their own household food waste with live cookery demos and top tips, including how to plan, prepare and store food to maximise shelf-life.

The team of chefs who will be cooking up the Waste Less, Lunch Free meals have got their inspiration from the North London Food Lovers Cookbook, which is available to download for FREE and helps everyone make the most of their leftovers.

Dates for the upcoming events are:

  • 15 August 2018, 11am-3pm: Barnet, The Broadwalk Centre
  • 17 August 2018, 10am-3pm: Hackney, Ridley Road Market
  • 18 August 2018, 11am-3pm: Haringey, Hollywood Green (Wood Green High Rd)   
  • 5 September 2018, 11am-3pm: Islington, Angel Central Shopping Centre
  • 9 September 2018, 10am-3pm: Enfield, Forty Hall Farmer's Market 
  • 20 September 2018, 9am-3pm: Camden, Queens Crescent Market
  • 22 September 2018, 11am-3pm: Waltham Forest, St John's Church, Leytonstone

For more information about Waste Less Lunch Free events, head to the Wise Up To Waste website.

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