Local organisations took part at the event last night (November 2) – alongside the usual stalls of bric a brac – to provide warming food and cookery demonstrations.
Organiser Sara Venn from Edible Bristol explained: “It’s about bringing together local organisations to share what they are doing about food and invite the community to have a nice time and a chat.”
The Square Food Foundation sold vegetable curry with jacket potatoes as well as chutneys and jams made at their cookery school at The Park. Knowle West Health Association provided warming pumpkin soup with produce from their local allotments.
Seventy-one-year-old Brian Goran who attended the event is a volunteer at the Springfield allotments.
He said: “I’ve helped there and seen the pumpkins growing and this soup is lovely, it tastes different. I also do cooking classes at the Health Association and I’ve learnt new skills, I didn’t cook much before and now I’m getting into it.”
Knowle West Children’s Centre (KWCC) manned a barbecue and a cake stall, with cakes made by the Cook and Play group – while the Man Alive! group from Knowle West Health Park ran bread making workshops.
Edible Bristol helped youngsters to make seed bombs and Knowle West Media Centre showed a map of where to forage for local food alongside recipes from residents collected by its What’s in My Fridge? Project.
The evening ended with the burning of the huge bonfire complete with a home made guy and a firework display lit up the sky over the Centre.
Leigh Tiley (29) who came with her family said of the event: “It’s really good, it brings everyone together.”
And Shelley Lister who came with her four-year-old son Lex said: “He enjoyed the bouncy castle. I’m up the road and it’s good to have something like this, especially in the middle of the week.”