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FoodCycle Conference 2013 – thank you!

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Well, what a weekend that was!

The biggest regular event in the FoodCycle calendar, this Saturday and Sunday saw the arrival of the 5th annual FoodCycle Conference.

Bright and early on Saturday morning, we were hugely excited to welcome Hub Leaders from all 16 of FoodCycle’s Hubs to the Bromley-by-Bow Centre and Kingsley Hall.

Once kitted out in their snazzy new green FoodCycle t-shirts, it was time for our Hub Leaders to begin something of a marathon weekend of training and workshops, on topics including managing volunteers, fundraising, cooking & nutrition, working with vulnerable adults, project management, marketing & pitching, communications, and more!

After delicious donated burritos from Chipotle for lunch, and more sessions in the afternoon, we came to the climax of Saturday, a panel debate on a sustainable food system.

Hosted by FoodCycle CEO Mary, we were delighted to welcome Kerry McCarthy MP, Ed Dowding (Founder and CEO of FoodTrade), Denise Bentley (Founder of Tower Hamlets Foodbank), and Simon Bennett (farmer at Riverside Organics), who each offered thought-provoking contributions – you can catch up on the key points on this Storify!

After some fantastic debate, it was every FoodCycler’s favourite time – dinnertime!

A typically incredible FoodCycle feast provided by our Pie in the Sky Community Café was washed down with very kindly donated wine from Barefoot Wine, and surplus beer donated by East London Brewing Company – great surplus food + great wine + great beer = amazing FoodCycle times!

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The excitement continued on Sunday, with a great lunch from Pret sandwiched (get it?) between more inspiration and sharing of ideas in a whole range of sessions.

Sunday afternoon was our annual opportunity to thank our fantastic volunteers for the amazing work they do all year round, and we are very grateful to a whole range of companies and organisations that donated great prizes for our volunteers. Check out the full list of supporters at the bottom of the page!

Helping to bring the weekend to a motivational conclusion was Jamie Combs, Founder of Natural Balance Foods, who put across his passion for wholefoods in a fascinating speech.

We hope that all of our Hub Leaders left feeling as inspired and motivated as we did, and can’t wait to start seeing all your fantastic ideas develop over the next FoodCycle year!

Don’t forget to check out all the photos from the event on our Facebook, and you can read up on what everyone was saying during the weekend on this Storify!

Fancy coming along to next year’s conference? If you’d like to become a FoodCycle Hub Leader, why not get in touch with your local Hub to see if they have any space in the team?

We are very grateful to all the generous supporters of the FoodCycle Conference 2013:

Bromley-by-Bow Centre

Kingsley Hall

Chipotle

Pret a Manger

Barefoot Wine

East London Brewing Company

Joseph Joseph

KeepCup

OXO

Schwartz

Nakd

Bear

Leon

Kabloom

Bill’s

Pieminister

Wagamama

Nando’s

Las Iguanas

Bobble

Lush

Benefit

Carolyn Humphreys

Terre a Terre (Brighton)

Mildreds (London)

The Green Rocket Café (Bath)

Fitzbillies (Cambridge)

Frank’s Bar (Norwich)

Warehouse Café (Birmingham)

Inspitalfields (London)

Brick Lane Bookshop (London)

Two Towers Brewery (Birmingham)

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