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October is the time of year when we celebrate the humble pumpkin and “squash food waste” by encouraging people to eat rather than discard their Halloween pumpkin’s flesh!

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

What’s scarier than witches, ghosts and ghouls at Halloween? How about the 18,000 tonnes of edible pumpkin that ends up in the bin each year. That’s the same weight as 1,500 double decker buses!

The Oxford Pumpkin Festival is a celebration of food: creatively encouraging people to think about the food they throw away, challenging preconceptions and teaching new skills.

The fourth annual festival took place from 28th October to 5th November 2017.

Here’s what happened:

  • 18 events run by 14 organisations
  • 5 articles (and some super pictures) in the Oxford Mail and Oxford Times
  • Featured by Daily Info, That’s Oxford TV, BBC Radio Oxford, Let’s Recycle, CAG Oxfordshire
  • 1,026 Pumpkin Festival website page views
  • 7,200 Facebook reach
  • 18,958 tweet reach
  • A total of 10 million #PumpkinRescue tweet reach nationally.

Check out our free pumpkin recipes and tips to help you reduce your food waste. And keep up-to-date on Twitter with what’s happening throughout the festival: #PumpkinRescue

Since its launch in Oxford in 2014, Pumpkin Rescue has taken the UK by storm. In 2015 Pumpkin Rescue was taken on by 25 UK towns and even crossed oceans to the USA. In 2016 it was back, with more than 40 community festivals in the UK and across Asia, supporting 126 events. Since its launch a whopping 17,000 pumpkins have been diverted from landfill, 199 local events and workshops have been attended by 12,200 people and over 70 million people have been told to eat their pumpkins by national and international press.

2017 PUMPKIN FESTIVAL PROGRAMME – 28TH OCT – 5TH NOV

Tuesday 24th to Tuesday 31st October

  • Pumpkin week at The White Hart, Fyfieldrecipes
    Times: Food served Tuesday to Thursday lunch: 12-2pm and dinner: 6-9pm. Friday lunch: 12-2pm and dinner: 6-9:30pm. Saturday lunch: 12-2:30pm and dinner: 6-9:30pm. Sunday lunch: 12-3:30pm. Closed Mondays except bank holidays.
    Venue: The White Hart, Fyfield
    Registration: Bookings advisable
    The White Hart at Fyfield are back with their fantastic locally-sourced menu taking a pumpkin turn for this week. You can expect produce from their kitchen garden cooked to perfection by chef Mark Chandler and his talented team. The White Hart will be sending out pumpkin recipes to their newsletter subscribers encouraging them to cook and enjoy their pumpkin rather than throw it away.

Saturday 28th October

  • Sandford Hallowe’en Market 
    Times: 
    9am – 12pm
    Venue: Talking Shop, Sandford
    Cost: Free
    Registration: Just turn up
    Join the Sandford Talking Shop team for a special Hallowe’en market with a fancy dress competition for kids—winner announced at 11am. There will be homemade pumpkin soup made with pumpkins grown in the Talking Shop garden. Enjoy pumpkin recipes along with the usual local produce, including bread, veg, meat, eggs and more.
  • East Oxford Farmers’ and Community Market
    Times: 10am – 1pm
    Venue: East Oxford Primary School, Oxford
    Cost: FREE to attend
    Registration: Just turn up!
    Get your locally grown pumpkins and squashes straight from the farm at East Oxford Farmers’ & Community Market and find out how to make good use of them at the market cafe.
  • Sandy Lane Harvest Celebration
    Times:
     10am – 3pm
    Venue: Sandy Lane Farm
    Cost: Free
    Registration: Just turn up!
    Discover pumpkins and squashes of all shapes and sizes, with recipe ideas for each type. With scrumptious food and drink from the Sandy Lane BBQ, Shand’s cakes, Horsebox Coffee Co., The Oxford Artisan Distillery (TOAD). The farm shop will be stocked to the brim with freshly harvested produce.
  • Waste 2 Taste Spooky Halloween Pop-up Bistro
    Times:
    7pm – 10.30pm
    Venue: Talking Shop, Sandford
    Cost: £20 per person (including a pre-dinner cocktail)
    Registration: Reserve your tickets at www.waste2taste.co.uk
    Come and enjoy an inventive and ethical dining experience using high quality ingredients from food surplus. The menu will depend on food surplus available on the day and will be full of love and style. Squash food waste with a feast!

Sunday 29th October

  • South Oxford Farmers’ and Community Market
    Times: 9.30am – 12pm
    Venue: South Oxford Community Centre, Oxford
    Cost: FREE to attend
    Registration: Just turn up!
    Buy your seasonal squash and pick up pumpkin cooking tips.
  • Wolvercote Farmers Market
    Times: 10am – 1pm
    Venue: The White Hart Community Pub, Wolvercote
    Cost: FREE to attend
    Registration: Just turn up!
    Buy your seasonal squash and pick up pumpkin cooking tips.
  • OxGrow Pumpkin Day
    Times:
     12pm – 4pm
    Venue: OxGrow Community Garden
    Cost: Free
    Registration: Just turn up!
    Celebrate OxGrow’s achievements from the past year at their pumpkin-centred garden party. Join for a normal gardening session from midday. At 2.30/3pm there will be a delicious pumpkin feast to share, along with the chance to discuss ideas for the future of Oxgrow and the opportunity to socialise with other OxGrow volunteers.
  • Donnington Doorstep Pumpkin Day
    Times:
     3pm – 6pm
    Venue: Donnington Doorstep, Oxford
    Cost: £2 adults/£1 children/£5 family
    Registration: Pay on the door – just turn up!
    Visit Donnington Doorstep Family Centre for an afternoon of autumnal fun. Enjoy live music, autumn crafts, a bonfire in the garden and pumpkin fancy dress. There will be veggie pumpkin curry, cakes and hot drinks on sale to warm you up too.

Monday 30th October to Friday 3rd November

  • Restore Pumpkin Festival
    Times: 11am – 3.30pm, Monday-Friday
    Venue: Restore Garden Cafe, Oxford
    Registration: Just turn up!
    Visit Restore during their pumpkin-themed week to savour the delicious pumpkin specials on the menu, to use the kids art table, take part in competitions, and to pick up leaflets promoting why pumpkins are good for mental and physical health.

Monday 30th October to Saturday 4th November

  • Pumpkin Menu at Turl Street Kitchen
    Times: 5pm to 10.30pm
    Venue: Turl Street Kitchen
    Registration: Bookings advisable
    The chefs at TSK have been busily inventing creative ways to use pumpkin, and this evening if you go for dinner you’ll be able to choose a pumpkin-themed! TSK focuses on locally-sourced produce and independent drink makers, and all their profits go to support their sister charity, Oxford Hub. What’s not to love?

Saturday 4th November

  • Sandford Talking Shop Cafe and Market 
    Times: 
    9am – 12pm
    Venue: Talking Shop, Sandford
    Cost: Free
    Registration: Just turn up
    Enjoy pumpkin recipes along with the usual local produce, including bread, veg, meat, eggs and more.
  • East Oxford Farmers’ and Community Market
    Times: 10am – 1pm
    Venue: East Oxford Primary School, Oxford
    Cost: FREE to attend
    Registration: Just turn up!
    Get your locally grown pumpkins and squashes straight from the farm at East Oxford Farmers’ & Community Market and find out how to make good use of them at the market cafe.
  • Bonfire and Pumpkin Afternoon
    Times: 12pm – 4pm
    Venue: Barracks Lane Community Garden, Oxford
    Cost: FREE
    Registration: Just turn up!
    Come and enjoy the garden and large sandpit, eat pumpkin soup around the bonfire and make pizza in the wood-fired oven. Suitable for all ages. Everyone welcome. A gentle alternative to firework events!
  • Bottomless Bonfire BBQ By Cook With Fire
    Times: 7pm – 11pm
    Venue: Silvie, Oxford
    Cost: £16 per person for endless fired food buffet style dining
    Registration: Reserve your tickets via Eventbrite or drop into Silvie
    Join Cook With Fire for an evening of seasonal feasting over the fire featuring local wild vension and pumpkins galore plus music and TapSocial brews. Enjoy a sparkling autumnual night of friends, feasting and keeping toasty by the bonfire.

Sunday 5th November

Last year’s 2016 PUMPKIN FESTIVAL PROGRAMME – 22ND OCT – 6TH NOV.

Oxford Pumpkin Festival 2016Pre-festival

Throughout the Festival

  • Autumn Highlights Tour of Oxford Botanic Gardens
    Times: During garden opening hours

    Venue: Botanic Gardens
    Cost: FREE with entry to the Garden
    Registration: Just turn up!
    Take a trail round the beautiful Oxford Botanic Gardens and see what’s happening in the garden this Autumn, including the colourful harvest of pumpkins and squashes displayed in the conservatory.
  • Pumpkin Recipes for Schools
    Times: N/A

    Venue: 60 schools across Oxfordshire
    Cost: N/A
    Registration: N/A
    The School Lunch Co. have created special pumpkin recipes for 60 schools across Oxfordshire, to get pupils thinking about food waste and seasonal eating.

Saturday 22nd October

  • Halloween Menu at Turl Street Kitchen
    Times: 12pm to 10.30pm

    Venue: Turl Street Kitchen
    Registration: Bookings advisable
    The chefs at TSK have been busily inventing creative ways to use pumpkin, and this evening if you go for dinner you’ll be able to choose a 3-course meal that’s entirely pumpkin-themed! We’ve even heard whispers of a pumpkin chai! TSK focuses on locally-sourced produce and independent drink makers, and all their profits go to support their sister charity, Oxford Hub. What’s not to love?

Monday 24th October

  • Monday Shop 2nd Birthday & AGM
    Times:
     4pm – 8pm

    Venue: East Oxford Community Centre
    Cost: Free
    Registration: Just turn up
    Monday Shop is turning 2 and we have a lot to celebrate. For the second year running we have made over £3,000, all of which has gone to support at least 6 local producers; we have sold and given away tonnes of delicious organic fruit, veg and cake and saved it from going to waste, and provided a friendly space for people to meet, sit and have a cup of tea. Now we want to celebrate with you so come along for our usual goodies as well as foodie workshops, a jumble sale, a play corner for babies and toddlers and of course lots of birthday CAKE! Following the merriment we will hold our AGM, same location. More here.

Friday 28th October

  • Pumpkin Party
    Times:
     1pm – 3pm

    Venue: Rose Hill Community Centre
    Cost: £1 per person
    Registration: Limited spaces so sign up at mrolleman@oxford.gov.uk or call 01865 749597.
    Get ready for Halloween by carving your own pumpkin at the Rose Hill Community Centre. Suitable for kids 9 and up, make sure you bring an adult. Pumpkin provided and if you stay behind you can even taste a lovely pumpkin dish!
  • Cooking Workshop
    Times:
     2.30pm – 5pm

    Venue: Talking Shop, Sandford
    Cost: Free
    Registration: To sign up email beth.talkingshop@gmail.com
    Come along to cook up some warming pumpkin soup and delicious pumpkin pie, take some home and see your wares for sale in the Saturday market. All welcome! From kitchen regular to complete beginner

Saturday 29th October

  • Sandford Market Halloween Special
    Times:
     9am – 12pm

    Venue: Talking Shop, Sandford
    Cost: Free
    Registration: Just turn up
    Come Fancy dress competition for kids—winner announced at 11am. Kids’ craft area. Homemade Pumpkin soup and Pumpkin Pie. All along with our usual local produce, including bread, veg, meat, eggs and more!
  • PumpkinFest at Donnington Doorstep
    Times:
     5pm to 8pm

    Venue: Donnington Doorstep Family Centre
    Cost: £2 adult, £1 child, £5 family.
    Registration: tickets on the door.
    Family fun with bonfire, activities and scrummy snacks cooked up from food surplus. It will be hosted Donnington Doorstep,  a family centre aiming to increase happiness, physical, mental and emotional well-being as well as improving life chances for socially excluded children and young people.
  • A Halloween Ceilidh
    Times:
     7.30pm to 10.30pm

    Venue: St Clement’s Family Centre
    Cost: £5
    Registration: Tickets on the door
    Oxford Pumpkin Festival and Oxford University Ceilidh Band invite you to a Halloween Ceilidh. Expect jigs and reels, chaotic dancing and pumpkin themed baking!

Monday 31st October

  • Trick or trEAT
    Times:
     6 – 8 pm

    Venue: Training at Oxford Brookes, followed by door-knocking in residential areas in Oxford
    Cost: Free
    Registration: Tickets on the door
    This Halloween students from Oxford Brookes University will be invited to volunteer their evening to take part in a food drive in residential areas in Oxford in the theme of usual Halloween trick or treating – except rather than asking for a treat they will ask whether the household has any spare food to donate for the food bank! Training will be offering beforehand at Oxford Brookes, before students hit the street. More info here.

Saturday 5th November

  • Pumpkin Work Party & Soup Fest
    Times: 11am – 3pm

    Venue: Oxford City Farm
    Cost: FREE
    Registration: Just turn up
    Oxford City Farm are having a work party to celebrate their fantastic crop of pumpkins. They will be using their lovely vegetables in a heart warming pumpkin soup lovingly warmed on a bonfire. Please bring along your Halloween pumpkins to be recycled. More info here
  • Bonfire and Music with Nick Cope
    Times: 2pm – 5pm

    Venue: Barracks Lane Community Garden
    Cost: £4, free for over 65s.
    Registration: Just turn up
    A fun, gentle bonfire and music session at the garden particularly suitable for smaller children and their families.   No loud fireworks.  Children you are especially welcome to bring your grandparents or older carers and friends to this session who get a free ticket. More info here. 
  • OxHub Bonfire Night Bonanza
    Times: 6pm- 11.30pm

    Venue: Hogacre Common
    Cost: FREE
    Registration: Just turn up
    Love glowing lights, autumnal allotments and meeting your future favourite friends? Thought so!
    We brought you just that and more for our Guy Fawkes Bonfire Bonanza. Some of the fun will include:
    *a sustainable cooking workshop*
    *a lantern upcycling workshop*
    *nighttime walks on Hogacre*
    *a blazing fire*
    *music jam sessions around the fire (there’s shelter in case of wetness)*
  • Tandem & Silvie’s Musical Gathering
    Times: 6pm – 11pm

    Venue: Silvie Cafe, Iffley Road
    Cost: £15/£12.50cons advance and £18/£16cons on the door
    Registration: Tickets here.
    Come and join Tandem and Silvie for a magical evening celebrating Guy Fawkes and Pumpkins in a cozy musical coccoon. Tickers include a night of music and a special pumpkin themed dinner. More info here.

Sunday 6th November

  • OxGrow Pumpkin Day
    Times: 12pm to 4pm

    Venue: OxGrow Community Garden
    Cost: FREE
    Registration: Just turn up!
    Feeling hollow and empty post Halloween? Bring your empty pumpkins down to Ox Grow and get your inner lantern shining again! We’ll be turning old pumpkins into bird feeders, cooking up a feast, playing games and gardening galore.

2015 PUMPKIN FESTIVAL PROGRAMME – 24TH OCT – 6TH NOV.

Throughout the Festival

  • Green Gardens Tour of Oxford Botanic Gardens
    Times: During garden opening hours

    Venue: Botanic Gardens
    Cost: FREE with entry to the Garden
    Registration: Just turn up!
    Take a trail round the beautiful Oxford Botanic Gardens and explore sustainability and seasonal growing.

Saturday 24th October

  • Cultivate Gleaning Day
    Times: 10am to 3pm

    Venue: Cultivate Farm
    Cost: FREE
    Registration: Email Doireann to sign up at doireann[at]cultivateoxford.org
    We’ll be rescuing lost, forgotten, misshapen, slug-munched, and outsized vegetables –  fennel, pointed cabbages and beetroot that are not quite beautiful enough to sell on the VegVan, but that are perfectly good to eat! Gleaning has a long and illustrious history; it has been happening on farms for aeons. Let’s bring it back!
  • PumpkinFest at Donnington Doorstep
    Times:
     6pm to 8pm

    Venue: Donnington Doorstep Family Centre
    Cost: TBC
    Registration: Just turn up! Family fun with bonfire, activities and scrummy snacks cooked up from food surplus. It will be hosted Donnington Doorstep,  a family centre aiming to increase happiness, physical, mental and emotional well-being as well as improving life chances for socially excluded children and young people.

Sunday 25th October

  • Pumpkin Festival – Tandem Sundays Gig
    Times: 3pm to 10pm

    Venue: Hill End Centre
    Cost: £8/£6cons; £10 on the door.
    Registration: Advance booking is recommended as spaces are limited. Buy your tickets here.
    Join us on the 25th October at Hill End’s wonderful barn for an evening of intimate hand-picked music and pumpkin fun!
    For our second evening of a series of concerts on the last Sunday of every month we’ll be welcoming Ditte Elly and Lecaudé, following an afternoon of pumpkin activities and workshops. For more details visit the Facebook page.

Monday 26th October

  • Monday Shop First Birthday Party
    Times: 4pm to 7.30pm

    Venue: East Oxford Community Centre
    Cost: FREE. Pay as you feel veg.
    Registration: Just turn up!
    This year, Monday Shop has made over £3,000, all of which has gone to support at least 7 local producers, it has sold and given away tonnes of delicious organic fruit, veg and cake and saved it from going to waste, and it has provided a friendly space for people to meet, sit and have a cup of tea. Most importantly more people come and visit each Monday and the team of 4 has grown to more than 10 super volunteers!!
    Celebrations will include workshops (Zine-making, make-your-own sauerkraut, apple pressing), live music, (Lots of) birthday cake and treats, kids corner with crafts and games, and of course…delicious fruit, veg, bread, eggs, honey and always some surprises!
    More details and updates will be on their Facebook event page.

Wednesday 28th October

  • Lovely Leaves At Oxford Botanic Gardens
    Times: 11am to 1pm

    Venue: Botanic Gardens
    Cost: FREE with entry to the Garden
    Registration: Just turn up!
    Oxford Botanic Gardens will be celebrating the Big Draw, using leaves from their collection as inspiration for recycled art activities. Head along to get creative, celebrate the seasons and also pick up some of our great pumpkin recipe cards!
  • Pumpkin Soup Station
    Times: 11am to 2pm

    Venue:  Ark T Centre
    Cost: FREE
    Registration: Just turn up!
    Come and join our outdoor, drop in soup making session with Relish. We’ll have pumpkins and other veg to create a delicious warm and spicy soup, cook and taste, all for free. The centre’s Broomtree Café will be serving their usual range of great drinks, treats and tasty lunch.

Saturday 31st October

  • Pumpkin Carving at Sandford Market
    Times: 9am – 12pm

    Venue: Sandford Village Hall
    Cost: FREE
    Registration: Just turn up!
    Sandford are hosting a special pumpkintastic version of their Saturday market, with fun Halloween activities alongside the usual selection of scrumptious local produce and goodies from the cafe.
  • Food Surplus Cafe – Halloween Special
    Times: 12pm – 3pm

    Venue: East Oxford Community Centre
    Cost: Pay as you feel
    Registration: Just turn up or get in touch to volunteer.
    The third in a series of super successful Oxford Food Surplus Cafe pop up events, serving scrummy meals made by volunteers from food which would otherwise have been thrown away!The Oxford Food Surplus Café aims to help redress the imbalance in our food system by reclaiming surplus food and transforming it into delicious healthy meals accessible to all. Using the pay as you feel system, customers are able to contribute either what they can afford or what they think the food, space and idea is worth. They want to create an inclusive space to encourage community engagement and reconnect people with the food they eat.
  • Halloween Menu at Turl Street Kitchen
    Times: 12pm to 10.30pm

    Venue: Turl Street Kitchen
    Registration: Bookings advisable
    The chefs at TSK have been busily inventing creative ways to use pumpkin, and this evening if you go for dinner you’ll be able to choose a 3-course meal that’s entirely pumpkin-themed! We’ve even heard whispers of a pumpkin chai! TSK focuses on locally-sourced produce and independent drink makers, and all their profits go to support their sister charity, Oxford Hub. What’s not to love?

Sunday 1st November

  • Earth Trust Potions and Pumpkins Day
    Times: 10am to 2pm

    Venue: Earth Trust
    Cost: £4 suggested donation per child, accompanying adult(s) free
    Registration: Just turn up!
    The Earth Trust’s usual Sunday Drop-in has a Halloween theme…Come and taste our scarily delicious pumpkin soup by the fire and try making your own Halloween potions!
  • OxGrow Pumpkin Day
    Times: 12am to 5pm

    Venue: OxGrow Community Garden
    Cost: FREE
    Registration: Just turn up!
    Feeling hollow and empty post Halloween? Bring your empty pumpkins down to Ox Grow and get your inner lantern shining again! We’ll be turning old pumpkins into bird feeders, cooking up a feast, playing games and gardening galore.

Tuesday 3rd November

  • Tour of Food Waste Recycling Plant
    Times: 3pm
    Venue: Cassington Anaerobic Digestion Facility
    Cost: FREE
    Registration: RSVP by 1st November to hannah.jacobs@goodfoodoxford.org to book your free place.
    Find out what happens to food waste once it’s collected from outside your house… A journey into the belly of the beast! We highly recommend this experience, this is composting on a supersized scale.

Friday 6th November

  • Bonfire Party at Donnington Doorstep
    Times:
     6pm to 8pm

    Venue: Donnington Doorstep Family Centre
    Cost: TBC
    Registration: Just turn up! Family fun with bonfire, activities and scrummy snacks cooked up from food surplus. It will be hosted Donnington Doorstep,  a family centre aiming to increase happiness, physical, mental and emotional well-being as well as improving life chances for socially excluded children and young people.

Keep up to date with the latest during the festival at @hubbubuk #pumpkinrescue #OxPumpkinFest.

The Oxford Pumpkin Festival is a collaboration between Good Food Oxford and Hubbub, taking a fresh approach to the environment by collaborating with groups across the UK to bring you events & activities around popular interests! Find them on Facebook here.

 

 

 

 

2014 FULL FESTIVAL PROGRAMME

Read about what we got up to in 2014 below, or check out the Storify.

The Oxford Pumpkin Festival (Thursday 30th October – Sunday 9th November 2014) was a celebration of food: creatively encouraging people to think about the food they throw away, challenging preconceptions and teaching new skills.

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Thursday 30th October

  • Oxford Pumpkin Festival Launch
    Times: 6pm to 8pm

    Venue: Old Museum at Oxford Town Hall
    Cost: FREE
    Registration: Register online or email hello@hubbub.org.uk  <–
    Mark the launch of the festival by joining us for a round of inspiring and encouraging short talks with food and drinks. Featuring talks from Hubbub, Good Food Oxford, Love Food Hate Waste, Kerry McCarthy MP and lots more. Drinks and canapés will be provided.
  • Food and waste themed Catweazle Club
    Times: 7pm for performers and 8pm for audience
    Venue: East Oxford Community Centre
    Cost: Free for performers – £6 for audience (£5 concessions)
    Registration: Just turn up
    Join us for a night of music, poetry and more! The Catweazle Club has become a legendary open-mic night and is often called England’s most intimate performance space! For this special Pumpkin Festival edition, performers are invited to theme their performance around food, food-waste and the spookiness of Halloween.
  • Stammtisch Pumpkin Carving
    Times: 6pm onwards
    Venue: OVADA Warehouse, 14A Osney Lane, Oxford OX1 1NJ
    Cost: Free
    Registration: Just turn up
    Expect delicious soup, drinks and creative pumpkin carving, including helping create a giant pumpkin chandelier! http://tinyurl.com/mhpxc2c

Friday 31st October

  • This is Rubbish: Scratch Feast
    Times: 7.30pm to 10pm

    Venue: OVADA Warehouse
    Cost: £5
    Registration: Register online (45 places available) <–
    Those brilliant creative types from This Is Rubbish will be running an extra-special Scratch Feast in the atmospheric setting of the OVADA warehouse, hidden amongst the backstreets of West Oxford. Scratch Feasts are interactive journeys taking people through the food supply chain! Performers will lead the audience through three courses of games and stories, while feeding the audience on nuggets of knowledge and tasty treats made from food that would otherwise be wasted. Come hungry..!
  • Pumpkin Night at Turl Street Kitchen
    Times: 6pm to 10.30pm

    Venue: Turl Street Kitchen
    Registration: Bookings advisable
    The chefs at TSK have been busily inventing creative ways to use pumpkin, and this evening if you go for dinner you’ll be able to choose a 3-course meal that’s entirely pumpkin-themed! The precise details are a closely-guarded secret but we’ve heard whispers of pumpkin ravioli, and the lunch menu features the delicious-sounding ‘roast pumpkin, flageolet beans, westcombe cheddar and organic leaves’…

Saturday 1st November

  • Disco Soup
    Times:
    11am to 5pm

    Venue: Bonn Square
    Cost: FREE
    Registration: Just turn up!
    Disco Soup is a grass-roots international movement to raise awareness of food waste through preparing and cooking soup in public places in a party atmosphere! Inspired by the Slow Food Deutschland’s Schnippel Disko – the first of it’s kind, there have since been “Disco Soup” type events from Paris to New York and many places in between. So come along to Bonn Square for a free cook-up and meal, open to all. You can even come to help cook and serve the free hot meals – mostly, but not limited to pumpkin soup! All from produce that would otherwise have gone to waste. Previous Disco Soups have fed 600 + people!
  • Open Day at Oxford Food Bank
    Times: 10am – 2pm

    Venue: Unit 12, Curtis Yard, North Hinksey Lane, Botley, OX2 0LX
    Cost: FREE
    Registration: Just turn up!
    Oxford Food Bank collects good quality fresh food from local supermarkets and wholesalers and delivers it for free to over 40 registered charities in the Oxford area. For every £1 we receive in donations we deliver around £25 worth of fruit, vegetables, bread and dairy products. That’s currently nearly £1 million worth of food a year! Come and have a look around the nerve centre of the operation!

Sunday 2nd November

  • Project Soup
    Times: 7pm to 9pm
    Venue: East Oxford Community Centre
    Cost: £4 minimum donation
    Registration: Just turn up!
    What can we say, we love soup! And this soup is going to be doubly tasty – all of the proceeds from the Project Soup micro-funding dinner go to local projects.  The food is all cooked from food surplus… and there may just be a few pumpkins making an appearance. Four local community projects or groups will come and give a brief ‘pitch’ to the attendees, followed by a Q&A. Then everyone who attends will have a single, confidential vote on the project they would like to receive the funds. The project with the most votes gets the money from the door (and any other money raised on the night)! Great fun, for a good cause. See you there!

Thursday 6th November

  • Lord Krebs – “Feeding the 9 Billion”
    Times:
    11am to 12pm

    Venue: New College, Lecture Room 6
    Cost: FREE
    Registration: Just turn up!
    By 2050 there will be more than nine billion people on the planet. Already one in 6 people go hungry. At the same time, a similar number are overweight or obese and more than a quarter of all food is wasted. Is the challenge of feeding 9 billion a matter of producing more food, redistributing what we already produce or cutting waste? Organised by Oxford Food Justice.
  • Pumpkins aren’t just for halloween: Seasonal Squash at the VegVan
    Times:
     6-7pm

    Venue: Outside the Rusty Bicycle, Magdalen Road
    Cost: FREE
    Registration: Just turn up!
    Halloween’s now a distant memory, and you’ve carved your pumpkin, and eaten it too. But this doesn’t have to be it til next year. Pumpkins and other squash hang around all autumn and winter, if you know where to find them. Drop by Cultivate’s VegVan to discover all the different varieties of fabulous squash being grown on farms around Oxford. One of our Grocers will be on hand to assist in the squash identification challenge!

Friday 7th November

  • Cultivate farm Gleaning Session
    Times: 7.30am to 1pm
    Venue: Cultivate Farm, Wittenham Clumps, OX14 4QZ (transport provided from Oxford city centre)
    Cost: FREE
    Registration: Email doireann@goodfoodoxford.org to sign up
    One major source of food waste is on farms. At Cultivate we don’t shy away from selling the odd slug-nibbled beetroot, four-legged carrot, or gargantuan cabbage. But every farm produces some edible food waste that isn’t fit for sale but that could be “gleaned” and eaten. We’ve planned our first ever gleaning session, to coincide with the Oxford Pumpkin Festival. Come along and get stuck in!

Saturday 8th November

  • In Tandem with OVADA
    Times: 3pm to 11pm
    Venue: OVADA Warehouse, 14A Osney Lane, OX1 1NJ
    Cost: £15 / £13 Concessions
    Registration: Booking online <–
    To round off the festival, join us for an afternoon in one of the most exciting spaces Oxford has to offer. You’ll find a warehouse full live music, workshop, talks, food and more! This is a unique event where the musicians with the help of a fantastic visual will extend their performance from stage to the audience with various sonic and visual contraptions! Organised by Tandem Festival.
  • Bonfire at Barracks Lane
    Times: 4pm to 7pm
    Venue: Barracks Lane Community Garden, off Cumberland Road, Oxford OX4 2AP
    Cost: Suggested donations £5 per adult / £2 per child / £10 per family / £5 concessions
    Registration: A wonderful and magical evening of fire celebration with the Nature Effect at Barracks Lane Garden. Including pumpkin-themed story telling and music with Robert Holtom and Chris Parks around the fire and in the cabin, a procession and fire activities, hot soup, mulled juice and cake. There will be a great fire but no loud fireworks. Please bring your own sparklers and marshmallows if you would like to. Food and drinks (non-alcoholic) available. This event is suitable for everyone. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Sunday 9th November

  • OxGrow: Composting, Bug Hotels & Feasting
    Times: 1pm to 5pm
    Venue: Hogacre Common
    Cost: FREE
    Registration: Just turn up!
    Oxford’s Community Edible Garden is hosting the final event of the Pumpkin Festival. The Master Composters will be joining us in the garden with any pumpkin remains that can’t be eaten – we’ve 7 compost bays that are waiting to be filled with the perfect ratio of nitrogen and carbon (a.k.a. greens & browns). Come learn the intricate chemistry involved. We’re also building bug hotels, selling off Abundance Oxford’s grafted apple trees (to loving parents), and whipping together a huge feast with Food Justice! Check the Facebook event page for more info.


PRE-FESTIVAL EVENTS

Wednesday 22nd October

  • Visit to the food waste recycling plant
    Times: Departing 9.30am from Direct Services on Marsh Road
    Cost: FREE
    Registration: Email Maria Warner at mwarner@oxford.gov.uk
    Find out what happens to food waste once it’s collected from outside your house… A journey into the belly of the beast! We highly recommend this experience, this is composting on a supersized scale.

Saturday 25th October

  • Pumpkin Carving and Soup at the Leys Community Market
    Times: 11am – 2pm
    Venue: The Barn, Nightingale Avenue, OX4 7FX
    Cost: FREE
    Registration: Just turn up!
    Create your own glow in the dark lantern and join the cooking skills-share to make tasty pumpkin soup. Possible thanks to the generous support of the Conservation Volunteers, Community First and the Oxford Community Food Bank.

Monday 27th October

  • Pre-festival DinnerTime for volunteers and friends
    Times: 7pm – 10pm
    Venue: Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, OX4 1YH
    Cost: FREE
    Registration: If you can, register online, or email nicholas@goodfoodoxford.org… or just turn up!
    A pre-festival warmup bonding dinner where the festival staff and volunteers will get together to cook then share a food-waste feast! You are cordially invited to Dinnertime at Restore from 7pm to 10pm – a group cook-up followed by a delicious dinner to internally launch the Pumpkin Festival! Bring any food going to waste in your house!

Wednesday 29th October

  • Botanical Gardens: Wild about gardens! 
    Times: 11am to 1pm 
    Venue:
    Botanical Gardens, Rose Lane, OX1 4AZ
    Cost:
    Adult £4.50 (£3 Concession) and free for children

    Celebrate Wild About Gardens Week.  Make homes and feeders for wildlife in your garden.  Find out how to make your green spaces more wildlife-friendly. Drop-in session.


Other events being run during the festival included creative cooking at the Junior Youth Club run by Rose Hill Regeneration, and workshops run by Groundwork at Larkrise and Windmill primary schools.

Keep up to date with the latest during the festival at @hubbubuk #pumpkinrescue.

The Oxford Pumpkin Festival is a collaboration between Good Food Oxford and Hubbub, taking a fresh approach to the environment by collaborating with groups across the UK to bring you events & activities around popular interests! Find them on facebook here