The Oxford Pumpkin Festival returns

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The Oxford Pumpkin Festival is returning for its fourth year with events across the city run by the Good Food Oxford network. This annual event is a celebration of food: creatively encouraging people to think about the food they throw away, challenging preconceptions and teaching new skills. November usually starts with a flood of pumpkins being wasted, but Good Food Oxford organisations are “squashing food waste” by encouraging people to eat rather than discard the flesh of their Halloween pumpkins.

The message is simple: Carve it, Cook it, Eat it – Don’t bin it!

As in previous years, the festival is packed full of different events from start to finish. There is something for everyone, with activities including a pop-up pumpkin bistro, pumpkin-themed market stalls and cafe menus, surplus food cook-ups, pumpkin fancy dress, bonfires, live music, and much more.

The festival will end with a huge Disco Soup event in Bonn Square on Sunday 5th November, from 11am – 3pm. The event will provide the opportunity for members of the public to chop, dance, celebrate & eat pumpkin soup to the beat of the music. People can find out just how much edible delicious food is being wasted, whilst having a good time and helping make sure some of it gets into hungry bellies. The event will be completely free and accessible to all.

The full festival programme is here:

All the events will promote seasonal eating and not wasting food, accompanied by recipe cards with easy tips to reduce food waste.

Hannah Fenton from Good Food Oxford says:

There are so many amazingly tasty things you can do with pumpkins, so why waste them? You can make delicious soups, curries, risottos, tarts, cakes and even pumpkin brownies! Make sure you visit the Good Food Oxford website for recipes, ideas and more. There will be recipe cards at events throughout the festival, but if you can’t make it along to any we’ll also be posting pumpkin cooking hints and tips on social media; keep an eye on our Facebook page and search for #PumpkinRescue on Twitter!