What does a Hackney pop up, a foraging tour and City Hall all have in common?

The answer is .... BUBBLE & SQUEAK! Naturally ... 

From pitching at London City Hall to launching our wonky fruit/veg artwork.  Bubble & Squeak have had a busy summer.

Pitching to success at London City Hall


In our last newsletter, we told you of our excitement at Old Oak Primary School being selected to take part in City Pitch.  Making it through from 72 school projects to the final six to be invited to City Hall.  Here they pitched their Bubble & Squeak surplus food idea to a dragons den style panel of industry experts!

City Pitch is a great Mayor of London initiative which empowers young Londoners to step up as leaders and make a difference in their community.

The experience provides pupils with the opportunity to plan and launch a social action project, whilst helping them to develop their leadership, project management, and communication skills.

So on the 28th of June the #FoodForAll team aka Bubble & Squeak aka #foodwastewarriors set off to City Hall (in their branded Bubble & Squeak tshirts of course) to pitch in front of key industry specialists.  

After their confident  #foodwastewarrior pitch the panel awarded them £1500.  Well done to everyone involved.

Old Oak Primary Visit City Harvest


Before the break up of summer term Old Oak Primary School took a trip to City Harvest at their warehouse in Acton. 

City Harvest helps put surplus food to good use in a sustainable way, by distributing to organisations that feed the hungry.  Bubble & Squeak have been fortunate to have City Harvest provide regular deliveries of nutritious produce for our surplus food stall and to help with our food waste education.   

We met with Paula who had a chat with the children about how City Harvest works, with our #foodwastewarriors doing an impromptu pitch of the Bubble & Squeak project to the team.  We also helped out unloading one of their vans with surplus food and other items. 

The children had a great time and a particularly enjoyed wearing the high-vis City Harvest vest.  Thank you to Paula and team for having us down.

Kid Led Foraging Tour with Tiny Leaf and QPR Community Trust

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Over the summer the children hosted a foraging tour of Wormwood Scrubs to showcase their urban foraging skills.  They had been learning all about edible fruits near to them that are safe to pick, eat and cook with.  

We were joined by Alice from Tiny Leaf (London’s first and only organic, zero waste, vegetarian restaurant) and Alan from QPR Community Trust who were given a hand-drawn map and allocated their own team of Bubble & Squeak foraging helpers! 

The Old Oak Summer Club’s children then took them on a guided tour along with a few other (Bubble & Squeak adult foraging enthusiasts).  Armed with their foraging map also containing very important foraging rules.  We visited 4 foraging fruit hotspots on the scrubs near to Old Oak Community Centre and got a great haul.

Hackney Wonky Fruit and Veg Art Shop Pop UP!


Since the beginning of Bubble & Squeak, the children have not only been distributing, cooking and eating the healthy surplus food but DRAWING it. Their works of foodie art have usually been created during After School Club's Let's Create sessions.   

We have always been massively impressed by the quality of their art work.  So when we saw a competition to have a free pop up shop for a month in June at trendy Fount London in Hackney we applied with our wonky fruit and veg #zerowaste concept.... and yes you guessed it ... we only went and won it!  

Ensue a hectic couple of weeks transforming the children's fruit and vegetable artwork into cool repeating prints and the like.  We then turned them into A3 prints, greeting cards, cushion covers and more.  We sold them alongside surplus fruit brands such as Snact (who even ran a fab workshop us)  Fruit MagpieDash Water and Spare Fruit

The store was manned by volunteers including Old Oak Primary School Teacher Vicky on her days off (thanks Vicky!).  We had a great month selling our wares and chatting to lots of different people about Bubble & Squeak, who just loved the artwork and the entrepreneurial spirit of the children. It was a great opportunity to test trade our idea too.  

We think the pop up more than achieved its goal of showcasing the creative skills of a brilliant group of children inspired by food that would have otherwise gone to landfill.  Not only that it is really exciting for us to dream big and seek entrepreneurial avenues that can support our social enterprise to be as self-sustainable as possible. 

We are busy working on the next collection with some exciting things in the pipeline.  We will keep you posted where we will be popping up next with our #wonkyiswonderful artwork.  Oh and check out our online shop where you can still purchase some of the collection! 

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SO until next time

We promise we won't leave it so long until the next newsletter!  Join us very soon for the next installment including those important Crowdfunding Updates (hello shipping container) a thunderclap request for our next fundraising adventure and details of the next Bubble & Squeak community event.  

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