Leicester Pumpkin Events Carve: Cook: Eat: Compost

Halloween need not be the Festival of Food waste

Community groups, local authorities, Environmental and  Food Groups, Allotment Societies, Schools, Scouts, Guides  and other food fanatics can all help reduce waste at Halloween by taking part in our Leicester and Leicestershire Pumpkin Rescue events.

It is estimated that in the UK up to four million pumpkins are brought to carve and display over Halloween with the edible flesh of these pumpkins being discarded as waste and ending up with most of the lanterns in landfill. This produces an additional 18,000 tons of landfill waste directly attributable to the Halloween festivities. This, according to the environmental charity Hubbub, is equivalent to 360 million portions of pumpkin pie.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture states that 1.91 billion pounds of pumpkins where grown in the USA in 2014 most of which, as in the UK, where used for carving and then thrown away,

 Much of this waste is due to people being unaware of the versatility of pumpkin flesh as a food or not realising that the fresh discarded when carving the pumpkin can be eaten. It is calculated that in the UK only 33% cook the fresh of the pumpkins they carve out. On this basis, farmers are growing acres of food just for it to be thrown away

Carve it,  Cook it, Eat it, Compost it

 

Join us in reducing pumpkin waste while celebrating Halloween

  1. Provide pumpkin recipes and cooking advice
  2. Organise a carved pumpkin event and photograph  the pumpkins and carvers in your Community Centre or school before sending the pumpkins to them to Stokes Wood Allotment  for display. Encourage carvers to cook the flesh from the pumpkins
  3. Book a place on the Pumpkin Lunch at Stokes wood and bring a pumpkin dish to share
  4. Best Carved pumpkin judging at Stokes Wood Allotment
  5. Pumpkin Smash at Stokes Wood Allotment Compost Demonstration Site  Take part in the smashing of the carved pumpkins and start composting them

 A downloadable powerpoint presentation is availabe at the bottom of this page.

If you are interested in helping to organise, host or support one or more of these events, please contact:

Carryoncomposting1@gmail.com    

Link to main pumpkin page Composting Pumpkins

 

 

If you cannot compost your pumpkin and  if your local area has a food waste collection you can put it in there.

 

 

Stokes Wood Activities

We have brought the Pumpkin Rescue activites at Stokes Wood Leicester together on a single poster. More details are given on the individual postings below.

Please come and support us 

Pumpkin Community Lunch

Pumpkin Pie

As part of our Pumpkin rescue events all are welcome to the Stokes Wood  Community Sharing Pumpkin Lunch and pumpkin carving demonstration at Stokes Wood allotments, 2B Stokes Drive, Leicester LE3 9BR

This event, held as part of the Leicester and Leicestershire Pumpkin Rescue, will help to inspire everyone to carve fantastic pumpkins and use the flesh for making delicious food.

The Lunch 

 There will be a range of pumpkin dishes to try as well as pumpkin meals brought by those attending to share. It is hoped that most of those coming to the event will bring a pumpkin dish to share that will serve up to 4 people. For ideas see the recipe links below.

Lunch  £5 Concessions £3 Numbers are limited so please book at 07976592061

Free Activities

In addition to the lunch there will be a number of  free Halloween and pumpkin related activities including

  • Childrens Halloween activities,
  • Pumpkin carving demonstration (see below)  and a
  • Best carved pumpkin competition ( bring your carved pumpkin  to have it judged)

          as well as tours of our composting demonstration site and composting advice. 

Pumpkin Carving Demonstration

 As part of our Pumpkin rescue events all are welcome to the Stokes Wood  Community Sharing Pumpkin Lunch and pumpkin carving demonstration at Stokes Wood allotments, 2B Stokes Drive, Leicester LE3 9BR

This event held as part of the Leicester and Leicestershire Pumpkin Rescue will help to inspire everyone to carve fantastic pumpkins and use the flesh for making delicious food. At the Community Lunch there will be a range of pumpkin recipes ito try as well as pumpkin dishes brought by those attending to shar while after lunch you can see how to carve a pumkin lantern.  

 Whether you are an experienced pumpkin carver or this is going to be the first time you have carved a Halloween pumpkin you may benefit from pumpkin the  carving tips offered at this demonstration which should help you create a  pumpkin lantern  to celebrate  Halloween.

  The demonstration is one of the  Halloween activities  being offered following  the Community Lunch  at Stokes Wood allotments 2B Stokes Drive Leicester LE3 9BR on Saturday 26th October, The Demonstration will start immediately after the lunch.

 To book a place please ring 07976592061

 After Halloween do not send your pumpkin to landfill. We are told every little helps, so  do your bit to save the planet.  We can compost your pumpkin at our registered composting site at Stokes Wood. Details  to follow shortly.

 

LCC Community kitchens pumpkin cooking sessions:

28th October – Thornton community kitchen (ck)

29th October – Newbold Verdon ck

30th October – Ratby ck

  • Barwell ck
  • Gwendoline ck
  • Earl Shilton ck

31st October – Desford ck

  • Earl Shilton ck

1st November – Groby ck

  • Gwendoline ck

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 

 

Leicesrshire Events with Pumpkin Rescue stalls

Events with pumpkin rescue stalls / featuring samples of pumpkin foods:

16th October – Munch Mob at Marlene Reid Centre Coalville

18th October - Pumpkin Munch Mob at Christ Church Hall, Coalville

School activities:

Robert Bakewell school, Loughborough: planning a pumpkin carving, cooking and composting session w/b 28th October for approximately 30 children.

Leicester and Leicestershire Schools Pumpkin Rescue

Pumpkin Rescue : Schools

Suggestions as to how schools could participate in the 2019 Pumpkin Rescue and increase awareness of the amount of waste sent to landfill as a result of Halloween

 General

Provide an assembly talk on pumpkin waste. There are PowerPoint slides available for download and modify at http://www.carryoncomposting.com/441149742

Provide pumpkin recipes (link available on carryoncomposting.com as above)

Encourage school cookery clubs or catering to try pumpkin recipes

Carved pumpkins

Organise a carved pumpkin event ( the pumpkins can be carved at the homes of students and brought into school) and photograph  the pumpkins your school . Provide photos and news item to local press.

Arrange to display the carved pumpkins and enter the best carved pumpkin competition   at Stokes Wood Allotment on Saturday 26th October. Address 2B Stokes Drive, Leicester, LE3 9BS

Encourage carvers to cook the flesh from the pumpkins

Give out list of recipes (Available on this site)

Contact your local allotment site to arrange a  “Pumpkin Smash”, smash or compost the carved  them at school   or arrange to take them to Stokes Wood Allotment Compost Demonstration Site  on 9th November (collection can be arranged)

Take part in the smashing of the carved pumpkins and start composting them

Pumpkin Rescue schools

Pumpkin Rescue
Suggestions for schools

Pumpkin Rescue and Allotments

Allotment Societies can all help reduce waste at Halloween and raise the profile of allotments as a environmental friendly activity  by taking part in our Leicester and Leicestershire Pumpkin Rescue events.

Biggest pumpkin

  • It is likely that your Society  already holds pumpkin related events e.g largest pumpkin and donates the produce to a local charity or good cause. If so, please notify us so that your good deeds can be recorded nationally.  If the pumpkins are not donated could you consider talking to your local “waste food café”

Carved Pumpkin

  • Organise a carved pumpkin event and photograph  the pumpkins and carvers on site In Leicester and Leicestershire encourage them to also enter the   Best Carved competition at pumpkin Stokes Wood Allotment2B Stokes Drive, Leicester, LE3 9BS on 26th October (pumpkin lunch and craft fair also available on the day). Please book for the lunch
  • Encourage carvers to cook the flesh from the pumpkins
  • Book a place on the Pumpkin Lunch at Stokes Wood and bring a pumpkin dish to share
  • Encourage members, children and friends to bring their  pumpkins to your site after Halloween to smash and compost them or
  • Alterantively there will be a Pumpkin Smash at Stokes Wood Allotment Compost Demonstration Site  join in and smash your  carved pumpkins and start composting them

Additional Activities

  • Approach your local pub or café to ask them to serve pumpkin dishes or drinks over Halloween. We can provide a flyer for restaurants, pubs and cafes (see below) and publish  their details on the relevant websites. If they are doing this  already, they can benefit from additional free publicity with no extra effort.

Pumpkin Recipes

Every year over a quarter of all Halloween pumpkins end up in landfill – that’s 18,000 tonnes of food waste with  the flesh of many pumpkins going straight to the food waste bin or composting heap  without being eaten - Hubbub and the local Pumpkin Rescue team  are urging pumpkin carvers  across the county and city to join this year’s Pumpkin Rescue  and reduce the waste sent to landfill,

 Every pumpkin eaten is a step towards tackling the 7 million tonnes of food and drink that is thrown away from UK homes every year.  Do not waste the flesh of your pumpkin follow the links to a wide range of pumpkin recipes

Love Food Hate Waste (https://www.lovefoodhatewaste.com/search?search_api_views_fulltext=pumpkin)

LFHW publishes  a range of pumpkin recipes such as: Gnocchi in Pumpkin and Chilli Sauce, Pumpkin & Butter Bean Broth, Pumpkin ravioli, Pumpkin Tart, Roasted Pumpkin, Roast Pumpkin Lasagne  and Coriander Soup. 

 Allrecipes (https.//www.a;;recipes.com/)

Search under pumpkins to find a wide range of recipes using pumpkins including pumpkin burgers, brownie bars with frosting, crunch cake, gooey pumpkin cake,

BBC Good Food (https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/pumpkin)

Recipes From savoury soups to sweet treats

Country Living  (https://www.countryliving.com/food-drinks/g619/our-best-pumpkin-recipes-1008/)

Recipes including pumpkin soupspumpkin pastashealthy pumpkin recipes, and so many more savoury meals.

Pumpkin seeds, when toasted or baked, are rich in potassium and protein.

After Halloween take the skin of the pumpkin to a collection point or bring it to Stokes Wood Allotment site to join in the “Pumpkin Smash” and composting  on 9th November

Details from carryoncomposting1@gmail.com

Pumpkin Recipe1

There is no need to search the net this document contains links to pumpkin recipes.

Pumpkin rescue Restaurants, pubs and cafes

Halloween Food Waste: You can help reduce the  Horror!

We are inviting cafes and restaurants in Leicester to join with us in making people more aware of food waste related to Halloween. The campaign also offers the restaurant the opportunity to promote itself as part of the caring community  simply by providing pumpkin based dishes over Halloween.

 Halloween is now Britain’s third biggest commercial holiday, after Christmas and Easter, and the country’s second biggest party night after New Year’s Eve.  A spooky side of Halloween is the shocking number of edible pumpkins that go to waste each year

Over a quarter of all Halloween pumpkins end up in landfill,  that is approximately 18,000 tonnes of food waste with  the flesh of many pumpkins going straight to the food waste bin or composting without being eaten - Hubbub and the local Pumpkin Rescue team  are urging pumpkin carvers, allotments schools and the public   across the county and city to join this year’s Pumpkin Rescue  to help reduce the waste sent to landfill.  This year should see the biggest ever Pumpkin Rescue event and it is hoped that Leicestershire will play a significant part by organising and participating in a   range of fun-filled cooking, carving  and composting events  festivals for all the family. 

 We need your help as every pumpkin eaten is a step towards tackling the 7 million tonnes of food and drink that is thrown away from UK homes every year.

Please join the project  and increase awareness of the different ways  pumpkin can be cooked and served by putting pumpkin dishes on your menu and advertising that you are doing so by registering with our Pumpkin Rescue project. This is a voluntary project and will not involve any cost to you.

 Please spread the world and give us details of your  pumpkin dishes or drinks  and we will put it on our local websites and notify Hubbub nationally. Please contact carryoncomposting1@gmail.com so that all of the efforts across the country and city can be recognised.

Pumpkin Rescue Food establishments

Supporting the reduction of pumpkin waste by promoting pumpkin recipes

Pumpkin Rescue Power-point


Information on and Ideas for events to support the 2019 Pumpkin Rescue
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Pumpkin Rescue

The Pumpkin Rescue is coordinated by environmental charity Hubbub, check out their website for fun, simple ways to live a healthier greener lifestyle.

You’ll also find plenty of campaign ideas so take a peak www.hubbub.org.uk

Hubbub: Inspiring healthier, greener lifestyles across fashion, food, homes and neighbourhoods.