Community Outreach Events 2016

Working in partnership with organisations across Greater Manchester, we have delivered 48 cooking sessions and reached nearly 600 participants; each having gained new skills, inspiring recipe ideas, a stronger awareness of food wastage and have eaten a nutritiously balanced meal. We would love to cook Cracking Good Food with you too – Good food is very affordable if you know what to cook, and how! Read below for feedback:


Places for peoplePlaces For People – Homechoice Project Co-ordinator (April) 

Great interaction with those who attended, the children were engaged and had fun

richemond-fellowship-logoApril 8thRichmond Fellowship (April)

Tenants and staff engaged into the session as there was a lively atmosphere and team work. The preparation of the food allowed tenants to be involved and learn new skills.

City WestCity West Housing Association (Throughout 2016/17)

Tenants from Little Hulton & Swinton communities attend sessions to be inspired & empowered with cooking nutritious foods from scratch. Below is an article the housing association published to secure participants.

Turkey Lane & Monsall Neighbourhood Centre (August & October)

All the families that are involved in this project, so far, have really enjoyed taking part. The project has given the opportunity for parents and children to undertake a fun activity together but also made them think more about the food they eat. After the cooking sessions everyone gave positive feedback about what they had learnt. Sitting down together at the end of the sessions to eat the food they had made has been a very positive experience for the families.

Sale Grammar school July 19thSale Grammar School – Head of Progress and Learning (July)

Thank you so much for delivering the sessions to the students yesterday, they thoroughly enjoyed it and spoke very highly of the session.


Past Projects


YPAC & Happy Families – WINTERLICIOUS – Public Cooking Event, Church of the Apostles, Miles Platting on Sat 1 Nov 2014, 12 noon – 3pm


Come and join us in Miles Platting on 1 November. There will be 2 Cracking Good Food cooking pods where our experienced cooking leaders will be cooking either a tasty veggie curry or sweet potato & bean burgers with members of the public, and then take the recipe home with you so that you can make it again. Available to all. Ingredients provided by Fareshare North West, helping save unwanted food from composting. For more details please contact

Salford University Health Awareness Fortnight







We’ll be working with the students of Salford University again in November, delivering participatory cooking events as part of their annual Health Awareness Fortnight, where we’ll be teaching undergraduates on tight budgets how to cook tasty healthy food from scratch, for waaaay less than the price of a takeaway! For more information, please contact

Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority


We’ve been working with GMWDA in various locations in Stockport, Tameside, Oldham & Rochdale, cooking with members of the public, raising awareness of food waste, and teaching people tasty & creative ways to reduce food waste, saving them money into the bargain!

If you want to find out more about our current work with GMWDA, please contact

Cooking Up a Storm in Schools 6-week courses with parents @ 3 East Manchester Primary Schools – September / October 2014



We’re cooking with parents at 3 East Manchester Primary Schools from September, after which we will be training them up to set up and run their own Cooking Clubs. All food will be provided by Fareshare Greater Manchester, the organization that re-distributes short-dated & cosmetically imperfect food from composting (in other cities the food usually ends up in landfill). Our 6 week courses with parents will start from mid-September and are all lottery funded. Cooking up a Storm in Schools weekly updates from all 3 schools here

Community Cooking Roadshow @ Smithfields Market, East Manchester Sunday 6th July 2014, 11-2pm – FREE 


100 people from East Manchester will have a chance to learn how to cook up a great meal. The Community Cooking Roadshow “cooking pods” will be at New Smithfield Market in Openshaw and will teach local people to cook 3 delicious meals, participants will receive recipes, ingredients, and store cupboard spices to take away, to inspire them to recreate the meal at home.

The event will also offer discussion and top tips on how to eat affordable healthy food, how to reduce food waste at home and use up left overs, and how your food choices can help the environment. The event will inspire local people in East Manchester to enjoy cooking healthy food, from scratch. All food for the event will be made entirely from produce, provided by Fareshare Greater Manchester, that would otherwise have been wasted. This includes fresh but cosmetically imperfect vegetables and fruits, and food intercepted from New Smithfield Market.

We have also teamed up with a local housing association to create a new local healthy cooking club, that will continue to inspire and support local people to healthier diets.

Why is it happening? Community Cooking Roadshow is brought to you by Cracking Good Food and FareShare Greater Manchester, and supported by Feeding the 5000 and Manchester Friends of the Earth. The event is inspired by the first Manchester Feeding the 5000 event, which took place in June 2013. The groups involved are working together to highlight how easy it is to reduce the appalling levels of food waste in the UK and around the world, and how individuals can help. The event also seeks to reduce health inequalities in East Manchester, and support local people in learning new skills, and enjoying cooking healthy meals. 

What are we asking for? So, is there ever such a thing as a free lunch? In return for a free cooking lesson, a lovely meal  and goodie bags to take away, the event will urge the public to take in some information about food waste issues, reduce their food waste, and be inspired to cook from scratch more regularly. We’ll also be asking local people to sign up to join their new local healthy cooking club.

“Food waste costs the average family around £60 per month, which is completely unnecessary. With food prices constantly rising, knowing how you can reduce your food waste is a simple way that families can continue to afford to put food on the table.” Lyndsey Fall, Manchester Friends of the Earth Food Campaigner 

 “In the UK around 15 million tonnes of food is wasted each year from plough to plate, meanwhile nearly 6 million people in the UK really struggle to afford food, or afford the fuel to cook it. We need to start to find solutions to these problems, and fix our broken food system.” – Corin Bell, Cracking Good Food Coordinator 

Key Facts About the Event: More than 100kg of food will be used to offer cooking lessons to 100 people, and all of this food (and a good deal more besides) would have gone to waste. As well as highlighting this issue, the event seeks to inspire local people to cook healthy meals, from scratch, on very limited budgets. The event will bring together food waste and food poverty workers, volunteers and campaigners from across the city. Event funded by Awards 4 All.

Key Facts About Food Waste:

  • 5.8 million people in the UK live in ‘deep poverty’, making it hard for them to afford every day essentials, including food.
  • All the world’s nearly one billion hungry people could be lifted out of malnourishment on less than a quarter of the food that is wasted in the US, UK and Europe.
  • An estimated 20 to 40% of UK fruit and vegetables rejected even before they reach the shops – mostly because they do not match the supermarkets’ excessively strict cosmetic standards.
  • The bread and other cereal products thrown away in UK households alone would have been enough to lift 30 million of the world’s hungry people out of malnourishment
  • An estimated 15 million tonnes of food wasted in Britain from the plough to the plate.
  • 10% of rich countries’ greenhouse gas emissions come from growing food that is never eaten.


Cracking Good Food @ Chorlton Big Green Happening Saturday 26th April 2014, 1-5pm


We’ll be cooking and selling food at Chorlton Big Green Happening – see you there!

The Happening will be the biggest green festival in Manchester this year and will be promoting a greener way of life, with local eco-businesses, food, music, family events etc.

FREE cooking with CGF and Vegetarian Society @ Post Box Cafe, Chorlton Saturday 10th May 2014, 12-4.15pm


FREE fully participatory taster sessions for the general public, outside the Post Box Cafe in Chorlton, Saturday 10th May 2014 from 12 – 4.15pm.

We’ll be showing you how to cook Quesadillas from scratch with various veggy fillings. These sessions are free for everyone, just turn up on the day and sign up! (We advise you turn up early to avoid disappointment as each session will be for 10 people).

Goody bags available for the public to take away from the Veg Society and our recipes for what’s cooked that day .

Cracking Good Food @ The Chorlton Arts Festival on Saturday 17th May 2014, 11-4.30pm


Sold delicious food at The Chorlton Arts Festival on Saturday 17th May at  the CAF Art and Crafts Market at St. Clements Church, Chorlton, Manchester from 11-4.30pm – FREE Event

The Chorlton Arts Festival Arts and Craft Market is one of the most visited events during the festival and has traditionally marked their opening with a range of entertainment, arts and craft stalls and food and drink – ensuring there is something on offer for all members of the family to enjoy.

From bespoke jewellery, personalised gifts, photography, framed art work and more – all within the wonderful setting of St Clement’s Church. The arts and craft market also features additional stalls outside including a range of delicious food and drink stands.

Cracking Good Food @ The Horse & Jockey Food &Drink Festival Sup-Up & Eat

We’ll be cooking up and selling some delicious food at The Horse and Jockey Food and Drink Festival Sup-Up & Eat on Saturday 24th May
at The Horse and Jockey, Chorlton, Manchester from 11-4.30pm – see you there!

The bank holiday of the 24th May will see Cholrton Green as the main location for the Food and drink festival
which will showcase new and local producers of fine food and drink.

The day will be filled with demonstrations ranging from whiskey pairing & chilli-eating to chocolate making.

Food Poverty Grant – Tackling Food Poverty Together

Tackling Food Poverty Fasreshare GMcr

12 month Cooking programme run in collaboration with Fareshare North West & 3 Foodbanks Funded by Manchester Food Poverty Grant


We have also successfully delivered projects with the following organisations:

One Manchester   St marys c of e August 3rd   Mustard tree   Manchester Jewish Museum July 7th

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