Food Is Fun and Cities of Service Plymouth
are looking for volunteers to help us increase the number of households in Plymouth that regularly cook and eat fruit and vegetables.
You can register at the Our Plymouth website.
A celebration event has taken place to mark one year of volunteer cookery sessions with residents. The 'Grow, Share Cook'
sessions up at Plumer House, the headquarters for Plymouth Community Homes, led by Tami Skelton from Food is Fun,
have now been taking place for a year as part of the Our Plymouth volunteer initiative. The aim of Grow, Share, Cook, is 'to mobilise
volunteers to grow more fresh fruit and vegetables, the development of community gardens and the distribution of the food to those in
need, as well as healthy cookery sessions.'
Since Grow, Share, Cook was launched:
- 23,360 meals have been given to 1,611 people
- 85% of participants say they now have a healthier diet
- 89% of participants say that Grow, Share, Cook has helped improve their cooking skills
- 103 families have been receiving free fortnightly fruit and veg boxes
- 216 pots and pans have been donated in the pots and pans amnesty
Food Is Fun encourages people of all ages to explore food in a fun way to promote healthy eating for their future
Food Is Fun creates events for all ages, from Surestart Centres to Universities, from Schools to Care Homes. Each event is customised to fit in
with the curriculum, specific requirements, diets or projects.
Food Is Fun is available for an hour, a half-day, a full-day or weekly
events or courses.
Using hands-on activities, demonstrations using our “travelling kitchens” or simple lectures, these unique events focus on the fun of cooking and how
to produce affordable healthy food.
We believe that lots of good work has been done to improve the quality of food in schools
and other public organisations such as the NHS, but unless food is perceived to be "tasty",
and is practical to cook or prepare, people
will not eat it - no matter how healthy it is.
Our Work working with communities since 2008:
In February 2015 Ofsted announced that they will be inspecting on healthy eating and food culture within their new
"Common Inspection Framework" from September 2015. Supporting the School Food Plan
the new Framework includes a judgement on whether schools are successfully supporting
pupils to gain 'knowledge of how to keep themselves healthy, including through exercising and healthy eating'.
We anticipate that inspectors will be prompted to look for a range of evidence extended across the whole school approach.
Working with Food Is Fun and our new ,
supports both the new Primary Curriculum and the new Ofsted Inspection Framework - helping your school with its Ofsted Rating.
The Plymouth Big Food
Event (BFE), took place across the city of Plymouth from
10th – 14th June 2014. See our blog for pictures of the events.
Organised by Food Plymouth (the city-wide food
partnership working to help Plymouth become a Sustainable Food City) and Food is Fun.
Food Is Fun has a full range of professional and practical demonstration kitchens available for hire
right now. Ranging from a single portable unit for an individual
chef up to a professional kitchen suitable for large food festivals.
Flexible delivery and setup is available to make any food event
with chef demonstrations an impressive success. See our demo kitchens webpage for more details, or
contact us to discuss your
requirements. As seen at Fishstock (Brixham),
TorqEat (Torquay), Winchester Town Hall, Flavourfest (Plymouth) and many other
In partnership with our wide range of chefs Food Is Fun will organise, create and run any food event you need.
Our public chef demonstrations draw the crowds to any event.
Community events can be enhanced by adding our expertise to show
such things as healthy cooking on a budget, survival cooking or
specialist areas such as all the different ways to cook with apples!
Contact us for more details, look at
our events webpage and find out what we can create for you!
To book Food Is Fun, or to find out more about
our events or demo kitchens please contact:
Tami Skelton or Dave Styles,
Tel: 07818 450968