FIELD TO FORK: An organiser's guide to conscious catering
1. Avoid over catering
It is estimated that a third of all food produced is wasted and ultimately impacts the environment. There are steps which youÂ can put in place to minimise this. If you find that leading up to theÂ event your visitor numbers are not as high as originally anticipated, make sure you communicate this in a timely manner with your caterers.Â By doing so, vendors can more accurately estimate the volume of food required and reduce the total amount of food that is scrapped.
WhilstÂ food waste is an inevitable byâ€'product of many events, you can mitigate by considering aÂ food reâ€'distribution program. Any salvageable goods can be sent to a local food kitchen or homeless shelter. When this is not an option,Â arrangeÂ your leftovers to be sentÂ to a composite facility andÂ transformed into energy instead. Did you know that an estimated 36,400 kilogramsÂ of waste at our venue willÂ be converted into bioâ€'fuel this year?
3. Keep it local
Sourcing seasonal produce from local suppliers is not only cheaper than outâ€'ofâ€'season ingredients but also better for the environment due to lower food mileage. You'll support local businesses and in turn, contribute to developing communities and boost the local economy. Creating a Christmas cocktail for guests? Swap strawberries shipped from Peru for British clementines to ensure your produce has had a short field-to-fork journey.Â
More consumers than ever before are aware of the impact our diets have on the environment.Â The carbon footprintÂ from livestock is extremely highÂ when compared with fruit and vegetables, making the latter a healthier and more sustainable option. However,Â gone are the days where an egg and cress sandwich will satisfy the vegetarian at your event. As more of us are moving away from meatâ€'based diets and switching to veggieâ€'filled lifestyles, its vital to work with your caters to createÂ an impressiveÂ veggie menu that even a meat lover wouldn't say no to. Looking for inspiration and want to keep up with theÂ trends? Take a look at our latest foodieÂ blog.
5. Reduce, reâ€'use, and recycle
With television programs such as Blue Planet raising awareness about the enormity of the impactÂ plastic is having on our oceans, there has been no better time to consider what your event is doing to reduce plastic. Glastonbury festivalÂ is set to implement a site-wide ban on plastic bottles when it returns in 2019.Â This will encourage visitors to bring reusable water bottles instead andÂ dramatically reduce the volumeÂ of plastic waste at theÂ event, which sees over 200,00 visitors per year.