Feast For Peace Event

Feast for Peace is a simple concept about getting people together to celebrate diversity through cooking and enjoying multicultural influences from around the world, whether it be dancing, music or a taste of something new.

Directly quoted from Kay Johnson, Director of The Larder; “In a very short time, a group of incredible people from all aspects of Preston’s multicultural community have pooled their expertise and resources to help organise Feast for Peace which will send out the message to the people of the city (and possibly the rest of Lancashire) that ‘if we can eat together we can live together’. We talk about how sharing food together breaks down cultural and religious barriers and that it has a role to play in conflict resolution, now seems the ideal time to test this out.’’

“Our plan is to invite the people of Preston and beyond to leave their labels behind and to share a delicious meal together, listen to some music and join in with some dancing. We will have a team of culinary experts who will be cooking dishes from around the world with ingredients intercepted from landfill, we will also have amazing world music from DJs, bands and Samba drummers and dancers.”

This event builds on the success of similar events held over the last year, such as Disco Soup and Pumpkin Fest. However, this time there will be a fusion of dishes from Malaysia, India, Jamaica, Lancashire and Poland cooked by a team of culinary experts such as Carol Harris, Guardian Home Cook of the Year, and Dorret Conway from the Great British Bake Off.

Feast for Peace, Preston food festival

With the aspirations presented above and the amalgamation of skills brought together, this event was a rousing success.

On the day of the event, over 1,000 people gathered in Preston Flag Market to eat, listen to music and dance together! An excellent team of local chefs created an array of delicious meals with ingredient that were headed for landfill. There were dishes from India, the Caribbean, Poland, Malaysia and (breaking the trend) Lancashire.

Adding to the multicultural cuisine, we had amazing world music including a reggae DJ, a samba band, and Bollywood, Irish and Middle Eastern dancers who encourage crowds to interact and join in with the festivities.

Amazingly, as with all of the Larder’s event, there was no budget to achieve this showcase of support against racism and intolerance that was evident in the news following the EU referendum results. Instead, the Larder relied on the goodwill and hard work of friends, colleagues and strangers who quickly became our friends.