Feeding the 5000

Design Exchange, Canada’s only design museum, has announced a Thanksgiving feast prepared to feed 5000 people, which will take place on the last day of its unprecedented biennial festival EDIT: Expo for Design, Innovation & Technology. In collaboration with George Brown College,Chef School, and Second Harvest – Canada’s largest food rescue charity – and hosted by Food Network star and Ambassador of Second Harvest, Chef Bob Blumer, Feeding the 5000 (F5K) will be a delicious undertaking serving up a communal feast made entirely out of food that would otherwise be discarded. Best of all, the event is open to the public and everybody is invited to come eat, free-of-cost.

Landing for the first time in Toronto, F5K is a global initiative founded by not-for-profit Feedback Global. F5K aims to bring the world one step closer to achieving Sustainable Development Goal 12.3 – cutting global food waste in half by 2030. The gathering will raise awareness about the 1 billion pounds of food wasted in Toronto last year, while inspiring guests to take action through an array of demos, activities and cook-offs.

Charity event with food on mass scale
Credit: Feedback

What is a communal meal without a community? To help prep for the Sunday meal, EDIT is inviting the public to help prepare for the Thanksgiving fare, which will feature fall minestrone soup, green herb pistou and potato focaccia bread (both vegan and meat options available). The preparations otherwise known as “Disco Chop” will invite members of the public to come prep, clean, chop, and cook in advance of service on October 8th. All activities will be family friendly, offering a crafts station for children to make banners and signs for the festivities.

The inaugural F5K event was held in London’s Trafalgar Square in 2009, and has since then been held worldwide; from Paris to Dublin, Manchester, New York, Sydney, Amsterdam, and Brussels.

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