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Sheffield Food Festival celebrates the South Yorkshire launch
Sheffield Food Festival celebrates the South Yorkshire launch of the Love Food Hate Waste campaign on Saturday 5 June, where Celebrity Chef Nigel Brown will be on hand to show just how easy it is to eat well, save money and help the environment. Nigel will feature in the deliciouslyorkshire ‘Demonstration Theatre’ located in the Peace Gardens at 11.00am, 1.00pm and 14.30pm.

Nigel will be showcasing mouth-watering recipes from everyday ingredients; proving to the audience how easy it really can be to use up your leftovers and make your food go further.

At 1.00pm Nigel will host the ‘Love Food Hate Waste Cook Off’, where DJ’s from Hallam FM and Magic AM will go up against a special guest in a ‘Ready, Steady Cook’ style challenge – with leftover ingredients suggested by the radio stations’ listeners.

Staff from the waste and recycling team at Sheffield City Council will be present in Millennium Square on Saturday 5 June between 10am and 3pm with information, recipes, alongside a bicycle powered smoothie maker!

Chef Nigel Brown is committed to reducing the amount of food that gets thrown away, he said: “A great deal of effort goes into producing and delivering our food and it's sad to think so much of it ends up in the bin. If I can help people really use everything they buy, they can reduce their weekly spend on groceries and eat healthy imaginative meals. It's what our mum's and grannies have been telling us for years, "waste not, want not", it's time we started listening and acting on their excellent advice.”

Love Food Hate Waste is the ‘Waste Not Want Not’ of the modern day, providing handy tips, advice and recipes for leftovers to help everyone waste less food. An astonishing 8.3 million tonnes of food is thrown away by households in the UK every year; 5.3 million tonnes of this is perfectly good food that has just not been eaten in time, or too much was cooked and the remainder thrown away. This is the same in weight as 5, 300,000 small cars. Wasting food costs the average family with children £680 a year. It also has serious environmental implications. If every household stopped wasting food that could have been eaten, the CO2 impact would be the equivalent of taking 1 in 4 cars off the road.

But while the effects of this wasted food are shocking, Love Food Hate Waste focuses on simple, positive, common sense steps to help you eat well, save money and make your food go further - planning meals, checking stocks, building confidence in the kitchen, taking a list when you go shopping, understanding best-before and use-by dates, good storage and portion control.

Cllr Andrew Sangar, cabinet member for Climate Change, Waste Management and Environmental Regulatory Services said: “We are very supportive of the Love Food Hate Waste campaign and thrilled that they have a presence at the Food Festival. I am sure that people will find their hints and tips extremely useful to reduce waste, save money and enjoy good food.”

Sheffield City Council Leader Cllr Paul Scriven said: “What an excellent addition to Sheffield’s first Food Festival! I’m really excited about the variety we have to offer and I’m looking forward to getting fit whilst making my own smoothie.”

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