Green Festival To Reveal Top Tips on Healthy Food and Cookery

Published: 3 May 2011

Top tips, cookery shows and free tastings during Peterborough Green Festival from Saturday 28 May to Sunday 12 June will demonstrate how good food choices support healthy lifestyles. 
The activity-packed two-week festival - run for the past 20 years by green charity Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) - opens with family-themed events filling Cathedral Square and St John's Square in the city centre. 
The festival, presented in association with Peterborough City Council's Travelchoice team, aims to help residents develop greater respect for the environment and adopt more sustainable lifestyles and transport options. 
The launch day programme includes a 'Ready Steady Cook' demonstration with support from the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Waste Partnership's 'Love Food Hate Waste' team. A panel of judges will select the most imaginative and tasty dishes. 
Later in the festival, residents will be given simple tips on how to save up to £50 per month on their grocery bill at a 'Love Food Hate Waste' workshop. The event, supported by the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), will be held at The Love Local shop, 90 Central Avenue, Dogsthorpe, Peterborough, on Wednesday 1 June from 11am to 1pm. 
Riverford, the organic veg box company based at Sacrewell Farm just outside Peterborough, is supporting the Green Festival for the third consecutive year in 2011. 
The company will be handing out tasters of freshly cooked food from their stand at the Festival launch day, demonstrating that healthy food can be easy to make and delicious. Visitors will have the chance to taste locally grown strawberries, and learn how to make dishes such as broad bean risotto, grilled asparagus with orange and olives, and rhubarb and cinnamon cake.  
Riverford is also providing organic drinks and snacks at the Swish 'glamorous frock swap' at Westgate House on Thursday 2 June from 6pm to 9pm. There will be a further opportunity to learn about Riverford's produce, much of which is grown at the farm on Sacrewell, at the Bee Wild Big Lunch event at Ferry Meadows country park on Sunday 5 June from 11am to 4pm. 
The launch day programme will also include demonstrations of an innovative Fresh Pod device that prolongs the storage life of fresh fruit and vegetables four times longer than normal. The pod, using a replaceable sachet, naturally absorbs the ethylene gas given off by fresh produce during the ripening process. This keeps the produce fresher for longer saving the average UK household over £420 each year in avoidable food waste. 
The pod, which uses natural, environmentally-friendly absorbent material, is new to the UK but has been available in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Canada and the USA for many years. 
PECT acting chief executive Rachel Huxley said: "WRAP estimates a shocking 6.7 million tonnes of food is wasted every year by UK households, costing the UK £10.2 billion annually. Yet better shopping, cooking and storage habits could prevent the waste of 61 per cent of food that is thrown away. 
"We hope the Green Festival will help people be more sustainable, and save money, when it comes to making healthy food choices." 
The two-week programme of green events and activities being held across Peterborough include: 
• Cycling treasure hunt at Ferry Meadows country park on Monday 30 May 
• Free screening of award-winning film 'Sharkwater' at the John Clare Theatre on Wednesday 1 June 
• Swish glamorous posh frock swap at Westgate House on Thursday 2 June from 6pm to 9pm 
• Free Bikeability training for children aged 10 years or above at Central Park on Thursday 2 June 
• Evening bike ride with barbecue at Willowbrook Farm, near Helpston, on Friday 3 June 
• A solar power demonsstration day at Notcutts Garden Centre, Oundle Road, on Saturday 4 June 
• Bee Wild Big Lunch picnic at Ferry Meadows country park on Sunday 5 June 
• Trashion Show at the Queensgate Centre on Thursday 9 June featuring catwalk demonstrations of recycled fashions, hair and beauty makeovers, dance and fitness routines and a presentation by Julie Hill, author of 'Secret Life of Stuff' 
• Springwatch fun day with RSPB at Top Lodge, Fineshade Woods on Saturday 11 June 
• Arts and cultural events throughout the fortnight in the 'Green Festival Pop-up Shop' in Peterborough city centre 
Full details of all Green Festival events are available from the programme, which can be found at www.pect.org.uk/greenfestival.

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