Anna Blightman from The Assemblies reports on the latest Bristol food businesses sector webinar hosted by Deputy Mayor Cllr Asher Craig, chair of the Bristol Going for Gold steering group. The event updated those working in the food sector about the latest economic developments in Bristol, advised on working in a COVID-secure environment and explained more about the Bristol Eating Better Award.

The Children’s Kitchen, a Feeding Bristol project working with partners 91 Ways and Square Food Foundation, have produced a series of recipes and cookery videos to inspire children to cook at home. The videos feature Bristol cooks and their children from 91 Ways, Square Food Foundation and KnowleDGE. There is also a costed shopping list for buying ingredients on the £15 budget and links to useful websites and support around food.

During the lockdown, Barton Hill Settlement’s The Network partnered with local storyteller, Polly Tisdall, to create a new podcast to celebrate Bristol’s communities. The podcast, Held In Common, shared unexpected positives that people had noticed during the virus outbreak with food very much at the heart of many of the stories. Writer and academic Bernie Munoz participated in the project and contributes to our latest blog post.

Director of The Children’s Kitchen, Jo Ingleby, considers the importance of being able to cook a meal from scratch with simple, fresh, affordable ingredients. The significance of this essential skill has been highlighted during the COVID-19 crisis, as dealing with shortages of certain ingredients is – of course – far less stressful when we know how to easily adapt meals.

Earlier this month Negat Hussain, community cook and Refugee Women of Bristol outreach worker, hosted a #BristolFoodKind webinar giving practical tips about cooking from scratch. Negat’s webinar was all about giving people the confidence to try something new and not to worry about making mistakes. Try her recipe for Alicha, an Eritrean vegetable recipe, and watch the recording of her cookery demo.

Bristol Going for Gold’s Content Coordinator Ramona Andrews meets some of the partners of the ‘What is your soul food?’ project that will celebrate and reanimate community spaces in St Pauls with artwork inspired by local residents’ cookery. The partners are working hard to get the message to diverse communities in the area during the pandemic. Food has, after all, always brought people together, even in these times where we cannot be physically close.