Tuesday 23rd July

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Free sustainable pop-up cookery workshops – saving the planet one dish at a time

Free sustainable pop-up cookery workshops – saving the planet one dish at a time


A new series of 30 free pop-up cookery classes for Londoners who want to up-skill in the kitchen is launching this July at venues across the capital. The workshops will showcase simple ways to help save the planet for those too old for school strikes and too busy to spend hours in the kitchen. Run by the Small Change, Big Difference campaign, the classes are aimed at reducing the estimated 910,000 tonnes of food that goes to waste from Londoners’ homes every year, and will inspire participants with delicious, quick and easy recipes to make the most of those items loitering in fridges and store cupboards.

Meat production causes a shocking 60 percent of food-related greenhouse gas emissions worldwide, and eating less meat is one practical thing we can do to help. The expert chefs running the workshops are all passionate about food and improving the health of both people and planet; so they’ll be showing how to cook up mouth-watering dishes using mainly grains, fruit and vegetables. All ingredients are provided and will be low cost, healthy and easy to source, making the recipes straight-forward to whip up in your own kitchen!

The first workshops kick off with a weekly ‘Waste-FREE Lunch’ every Thursday lunchtime during July at Mercato Metropolitano – a 45,000 sq ft space housing more than 40 food and drink vendors and a micro-brewery. A short walk from Borough tube station, the market has a focus on sustainable and ethical consumption, and attendees will learn how to make a healthy, sustainable packed lunch and then eat the results – all in a quick lunchtime session.

July’s classes will also run on Wednesday evenings at venues in Brixton, Stoke Newington, Battersea and Oxford Circus.

Participants can book the free workshops via Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/small-change-big-difference-20236956981, paying a fully refundable £10 deposit as part of the sign-up process. The 30 cookery classes are running from July to October 2019 and are being run by the Small Change, Big Difference campaign which aims to transform Londoners’ food habits by encouraging people to make a few simple changes.

From a Fridge Forage to a fermentation class, the workshops will have a range of tasty themes.

Cookery workshops running in July:

Weds 3rd: ‘Broccoli stalk pesto and a variety of salads’ at The Platform Café, Loughborough Junction, Brixton (18:30-21:00)

Weds 10th: ‘Fermentation workshop’ at Made in Hackney, Stoke Newington (18:30-21:00)

Weds 17th: ‘No veg left behind’ supper at The London Cookery Project, Battersea (18:30-21:00)

Weds 24th: Cookery School at Little Portland Street, Oxford Circus (18:30-21:00)

Thursdays 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th: ‘Waste-FREE lunch’ Mercato Metropolitano, Elephant and Castle (12:45-13:40)

For more information and to book a free place* on a cookery workshop, visit http://smallchangebigdifference.london/events/small-change-big-difference-cookery-skills-workshops/
or follow our social channels for updates. Workshops will be made available to book up to 2 weeks in advance.

*Places are free, and are booked via Eventbrite with a £10 returnable deposit (refunded back to the account used to purchase the ticket on your arrival at the workshop). Refunds can take up to 2 days to show in your account. Please note that the £10 deposit will not be refunded in the event of a no-show at the specified workshop, and the money will be donated to charity.