‘Food Stall Savers’ aims to reduce the amount of avoidable food waste currently being discarded at festivals and markets in the City of Sydney.
The project will engage directly with a food festival and series of farmers markets in the City of Sydney about food waste and trial ‘how-to’ guidance materials aimed at supporting festival and market organisers, food stallholders, their staff, and festival and market customers.
The focus of the project is on avoidable food waste generated at festivals/markets by food stallholders and consumers, but will also aim to influence food waste generated by food stallholders before and after the market, and consumers’ food waste in their homes.
The project is being completed in the following phases:
0. Background research (Feb-Apr) to review similar past initiative, collate existing materials and resources, and understand the needs of festival and market organisers, and their food stallholders.
- Pilot at Pyrmont Festival (Apr-July) to trial the approach and materials, develop a baseline of food waste at the festival and refine the project based on lessons learnt. Held in the harbourside Pirrama Park in Pyrmont, the two-day outdoor festival activity (the weekend of May 14-15 in 2016) attracts 25,000-plus people. It is organised by the Pyrmont Ultimo Chamber of Commerce (PUCC), in partnership with the Mudgee Region’s wine and food growers, attracting long-term annual funding support from the City of Sydney. The Festival’s organising committee is supporting the initiative in 2016 with a view to building on the pilot with further food waste avoidance initiatives in the future.
- Trial at Yamba Coldstream Festival (Aug-Nov) to roll out resources to a regional food event with a view to increasing the knowledge, skills, confidence and commitment of festival organisers to engage stallholders in reducing avoidable food waste. The initiative will aim for the event organiser to lead the initiative independently, using online and hardcopy FoodStallSavers materials (and completing a bin audit) to engage and educate stallholders on avoidable food waste and create a baseline of food waste volume for comparison in the future.
At the conclusion of the initiative, the resources will be available online for use by anyone, anywhere so organisers of other food festivals and farmers’ markets across Australia and beyond will be able to draw on the advice and guidance developed by the initiative.