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Feeding the 4950 in Edinburgh!

On Saturday 5th of October we hosted our first Scottish Feeding the 5000 event in Edinburgh’s Bristo Square, and with 7000 meals served to 4950 hungry bellies filled, the day was a wonderful and delicious success!


All of the otherwise-thrown-away-food was supplied by local allotments, Stirfresh, Kettle Produce, Summer Harvest Oils, Scotherbs and Skea Organics.

Scotland Chef of the Year 2011 Neil Forbes and other top chefs supervised the cooking and 150 committed volunteers did everything from preparing the feast to engaging in meaningful interaction with the public. 


Not only did thousands of people get to stand up in the face of food waste by receiving a delicious free lunch, but the event also sparked important discussions on the food future of Scotland and provided a great platform for the city’s stakeholders to interact and communicate with one another.

Attendees were given the chance to participate in the development of Edible Edinburgh’s Sustainable Food City Strategy. Over 300 comments were received from the public and important steps are being taken towards a healthy, sustainable and locally sourced food future for its residents.

The Food Information Fair, which was set up in conjunction with the Feeding the 5000 event, also allowed 25 community groups to provide Edinburghians with information on the latest food related activities happening locally.


It is amazing to see the Feeding the 5000 celebrations generate public engagement as well as passion and motivation for change, allowing people to actively participate in the creation of a more equitable food future. And all this through the simple concept of refusing to allow good, nutritious food to go to waste!

The public feast was co-organized and made possible by Edible Edinburgh in close partnership with the University of Edinburgh, the City of Edinburgh Council, Edinburgh University Students’ Association, Soil Association Scotland, Nourish Scotland, and Transition Edinburgh, while financial support was provided by Zero Waste Scotland.


Feeding the 5000 comes to Edinburgh!

Feeding the 5000 Edinburgh

Edible Edinburgh Festival with Feeding the 5000

Noon-4pm Sat 5thOct 2013
Bristo Square and Potterrow

On Saturday 5th October, in Edinburgh’s Bristo Square, 5,000 people will be invited to share a delicious free meal created by volunteers, celebrity chefs and community groups from ingredients that would otherwise have been thrown away. The meal will be served between noon and 4pm.  

This will be the very first time that Scotland has hosted a Feeding the 5000 event ( and follows events in cities around the world including London, Sydney, Paris and Amsterdam.

This event is being co-ordinated by Nourish Scotland in close co-operation with several partners including the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Students’ Association , the City of Edinburgh Council, Zero Waste Scotland and Feeding the 5000

The festival will raise the public’s awareness of the whole food agenda and provide everyone with an opportunity to contribute to a big conversation about what sort of food strategy we would like for Edinburgh in the coming years and decades. 

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If you would like to volunteer, there are 3 different volunteering opportunities. Please apply through EUSA’s volunteering website to the volunteer role that you would like to take on using the links below.

NOTE: If you are not a student at the University of Edinburgh then you will NOT be able to apply through EUSA volunteering website but look at the different roles listed and instead please e-mail with a short application including your:

  1. Name
  2. Which role you are interested in
  3. Availability for that role
  4. Whether you can attend the training if applicable for that role
  5. E-mail address
  6. Phone number.

3 Volunteer Roles:

Social researcher -

Steward -

Practical volunteer (setting up the event) -

If you need further information about the event, please email

We hope that you will join us on 5th October in Bristo Square for this exciting event!


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