Last year, Cardiff was awarded Silver Sustainable Food Places status – becoming the first place in Wales (and one of only six places in the UK) to achieve the prestigious accolade; the scheme is based on bronze, silver and gold achievements across six key sustainable food issues.
Now, independent businesses, third-sector organisations, and major institutions in the city centre are being urged to join in, and help Cardiff achieve Gold Sustainable Food Places status by the year 2024.
Thousands of people across Cardiff have attended workshops, community feasts, and good food gatherings over the last four weeks, as part of the third annual Good Food Cardiff Autumn Festival.
As part of the festival, grants were given to 20 different schools and community groups around the city, to cover the cost of running an event. In a show of real community spirit in the midst of the cost-of-living crisis, many of the successfully-funded events were aimed at bringing people together to build resilience, and improve access to healthy and sustainable food for the whole community.
The third annual Good Food Cardiff Autumn Festival began again this week, and will run until 18th October with dozens of events planned across the city.
Community groups, schools, gardens and businesses will run a wide range of events centred around cooking, sharing and growing food. Many events this autumn will focus on how communities are coming together to help people to continue to access healthy and nutritious food through the cost of living crisis.
During the pandemic, Farmers’ Markets became something of a life line – remaining open to the public due to their status as an essential businesses, and offering a safe, outdoorsy way to shop.
But these markets are also an excellent way to get closer to the people who grow and produce our food. They have the potential to offer the freshest, tastiest produce (some farmers even pick for the market on the very same day), and can help us to eat more seasonally by offering up the best of what’s in season now.