Shop smart, reduce waste

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With Scottish households throwing away more than 600,000 tonnes of food every year, Zero Waste Scotland is challenging people to shop smart and plan ahead.

Zero Waste Scotland is partnering with the brand new Eat and Drink Festival, which is co-locating with the Ideal Home Show Scotland, to encourage Scots to prevent food being thrown in the bin, needlessly.

Collaborating with Chef Neil Forbes, of Cafe St Honoré, Zero Waste Scotland is partnering with the Foodie Lab at the Eat and Drink Festival, which takes place at Glasgow’s SECC from May 26 to May 29.

Alongside a host of other top chefs, including Hardeep Singh Kohli, Chris Charalambous, Gregg Wallace and Rosemary Shrager, Neil will be taking to the demonstration stage over the course of the weekend to share his expertise.

The total cost of food waste is £460 per household per year and 60 per cent of all food and drink which ends up in household refuse could be avoided, if consumers use up what they buy, store foods differently or get creative with leftover ingredients.

By demonstrating creative recipe ideas and top tips to minimise food waste, visitors to the show will be encouraged to do their bit – by simply keeping food out of the bin.

Neil said: “I’m delighted to be working with Love Food Hate Waste at the first Eat & Drink Festival Scotland.

“Love Food Hate Waste’s message is important to anyone who cooks – make the most of what you’re cooking with, have even more great meals and save money too.

“We can all do more to tackle waste. To demonstrate, I’ve created three simple recipes to inspire everyone to make the most of the food in their cupboards and fridges. I look forward to sharing them.”

Ylva Haglund, campaign manager for Love Food Hate Waste, said: “We’re excited about partnering with the first ever Eat and Drink Festival Scotland, raising awareness among visitors of all the simple ways you can cut food waste, enjoy your food even more and save money.

“It’s terrific to have support from renowned chef Neil Forbes, who has created some mouth-watering, totally brand new recipes to share with festival goers. I, for one, can’t wait to taste them!”

The Eat and Drink Festival brings together producers, chefs and food vendors to showcase the latest food trends. Visit for more details.