Review of precedents
[Extract from Background Research report]
A review of literature and related projects found there were few precedents for avoiding food waste at farmers markets and community festivals in Australia. Most similar projects are: in the UK, for large events/festivals, and focus on food waste management, with food rescue the only avoidance action.
Other relevant projects identified focus on: food waste avoidance in traditional food retailers or general waste management at events. The only identified examples of projects at farmers markets are individual market initiatives on surplus food redistribution (UK) or food recycling (UK and SA).
A number of existing resources contain information relevant to food waste avoidance at farmers markets and community festivals, but are generally targeted towards other purposes or audiences. No existing resources specifically address food waste avoidance at festivals / markets / events, in Australia or elsewhere.
An online review of past projects, and interviews with key representatives identified only limited precedents.
A number of initiatives were identified that focused on general waste management at large festivals and other events (not specifically food festivals or farmers markets). Some of these included food waste management examples, e.g.
• Glastonbury Festival: Food waste composting (50-70 tonnes food waste).
Only a few specific food waste project examples were identified, which almost always focus on food rescue /redistribution rather than food waste avoidance, e.g.
• Fareshare 2014 Festival food rescue trial (UK, 164 traders, 12 tonnes surplus food)
• Festival Food Waste Scheme + Surplus Supper Club (NCASS/Fareshare, UK)
• Every Crumb Counts @ Roskilde Festival (Denmark)
• PlanZheroes @ London’s Boroughs Markets (UK).
Only one project specifically mentioned food waste avoidance activities with stallholders:
• Festival Food Waste Scheme (NCASS/ Fareshare, UK).
WRAP UK also gave examples of specific event businesses who undertake food waste avoidance activities, e.g.
• Poco Loco/Poco Morocco: Use suppliers local to each event so that food can be ordered as needed if the festival is busy, avoiding the need to over-order, and if there is any surplus at the end of the festival, sauces are made out of fresh vegetables and meat is frozen for the next event.
An online review of existing food waste resources identified many sustainability and general waste resources for events and festivals, but few resources specific to food waste at festivals and farmers markets.
The following table sets out the resources identified and demonstrates their coverage across key areas of relevance to the project. No single resource covers the three key areas for this project: Food waste avoidance, at Festivals / markets / events, in Australia.
Relevant resources identified