Play with your food

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FOOD, art and good old fashioned bartering – it’s all going on in the city centre this week.

Southside group The Hidden Gardens (based at Tramway) are heading for the Merchant City Festival, combining food preparation and performance for Culture Kitchen.

It’s the first of many foodie festivities planned in the lead-up to the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, as the Hidden Gardens team explore the relationship between culture, place and good old fashioned grub.

Saturday marks Glasgow Harvest – an annual celebration organised by arts charity NVA – at the new Greyfriar’s Garden on Shuttle Street.

A free celebration of local food, you can expect pop-up cooking, growing workshops, free tastings and music from young southside group Yuptae – Celtic Connections favourites who have graced The Extra’s entertainment section more than once.

And for those of you already growing and producing your own food, Culture Kitchen has an exchange system in place – so bring your own and you could leave with someone else’s delectable delights.

The action moves to Cafe Cossachok on Sunday, as 12 Glasgow girls take charge of the kitchen for one night, serving up the food their mothers and grandmothers taught them to make.

Concocted by theatre artist Adura Onashile and the Hidden Gardens cultural cookery group, it’s part performance, part installation – and with a four course meal (with influences as far reaching as Pakistan, Poland and good old Glasgow) thrown in.

The theme of the evening is Food Tells a Story – an attempt to celebrate cookery as a creative effort passed down through generations, rather than a daily domestic chore.

So whether you’re a culinary fanatic or just fed up cooking the same meals week in, week out, Culture Kitchen might just provide some food for thought.

n The Glasgow Harvest event is open noon 12-4pm on Saturday, and entry is free. Food Tells a Story is on at Cafe Cossachok from 7pm on Sunday, and tickets cost £25 (including four course meal and two drinks) – to book, call 276 8380 or email cossachok@yahoo.com.