OzHarvest Feeding the 5000 in Sydney’s Martin Place

OzHarvest, the official Australian partner of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on the global Think.Eat.Save – Reduce your Foodprint campaign, hosted the international event, Feeding the 5000 in Sydney’s Martin Place on Monday, 29 July from 12 noon until 2pm.

Australians waste $7.8 billion dollars of food or four million tonnes yearly, the equivalent of throwing away one in every five shopping bags. The event highlighted the ease with which  individuals as well as producers, supermarkets and governments can reduce these levels of food waste.

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Somer Svirogulu and Maeve O'Meara
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OzHarvest Feeding 5000 with Pepe Saya & Martin Boetz
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Merna Taouk from Dessertmakers
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Milk crate pop up garden
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Salvaged Watermelon & Tomato Gazpacho
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Surplus vegetable curry served with rescued rice & Capatti from Surplus Flour
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Saved Potato & Smoked Ham Hock Soup
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Saved Bread & Butter Pudding w Chantilly Cream & Vanilla
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Lemonade from leftovers
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Official Opening
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Welcome to Country
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Lord Mayor of Sydney – Clover Moore
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OzHarvest Patron – Ms Thérèse Rein
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United Nations Representative – Julia Dean
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Director of Waste and Resource Recovery, NSW Environment Protection Authority – Stephen Beaman
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Ronni Kahn – CEO & Founder OzHarvest
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The menu included surplus vegetable curry served with rescued rice, using vegetables provided by local growers from the Sydney Markets, rescued sauce provided by MARS Food. A delicious saved potato and ham hock soup by Martin Boetz of Cooks Co-Op and James Viles of Biota was served with rescued bread and butter pudding served with vanilla Chantilly cream by DessertMakers, Pepe Saya, Brasserie Bread and Heilala Vanilla. Other items included Onion Relish by Three Blue Ducks, salvaged watermelon, tomato and capsicum gazpacho by Hungry Mondays, spiced lemonade by Salvatore Mammoti from 42Bannerman, yoghurt by Kristen Allan at the Full Circle, chapatti by Sydney Sikh community and honey by Urban Beehive and Bees in the City.

Guests were encouraged to take their photo in front of a yellow backdrop and make a pledge and tag it on social media – and commit to reducing food waste.

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Corinne Mossati is the founder and editor of Gourmantic. An avid scribe, she has taken pen to paper since the age of five. Her repertoire includes long works of fiction, short stories and travelogues. She is a winner of the GT travel writing competition, has judged the Australasian Whisky Awards and several cocktail competitions. She is also named in the Australian Bartender Most Influential List.