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Reading Town Meal 2021

The biggest "picnic in the park" that Reading has ever seen will return to Forbury Gardens on Saturday 25th September (Covid permitting) and you are invited to this fantastic celebration of local sustainable food. It's one of the events that makes Reading a special place. 

The date is fixed and planning is on track so now we need your help to make it all happen! We are looking for keen growers to Pledge your Veg and help us assemble all the ingredients for the meal, as well as lots of you to sign up to be Town Meal Makers and help out with the event planning and on the day itself. We're also looking for community groups to have stalls and run activities.

See the video made by That's Thames Valley TV about volunteering for the Town Meal.


About Reading Town Meal

A free meal cooked by Reading College students, served free to 1000+ people. Live bands, stalls, community stalls, workshops, activities and local food market. 

Reading Town Meal aims to celebrate and promote home grown and locally produced food. Food4families developed Reading Town Meal as apart of its broader vision for a significant increase in the amount of food grown locally and more sustainably. This embraces a broad approach to sustainability, incorporating economic, health and well-being, community capacity and resilience, and carbon reduction aspects.


1] Food4families--a BIG lottery funded project managed by Reading International Solidarity Centre (RISC)

2] Reading international Solidarity Centre--the BIGGEST Development Education Centre in the UK

3] Reading College--A long tradition of education and training, with their Hospitality, Travel&Tourism department contributing their expertise and use of kitchen facilities to prepare and serve the Town meal

4] Reading Borough Council

5] True Food Community Co-operative-- Offers a complete range of general groceries, including organic whole foods, local fresh fruit and vegetables and environmentally friendly household products.


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