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Free curry to feed 5,000 on Culture Night

By Michael McHugh

Published 09/09/2016

Kerry Melville of the Belfast Food Network
Kerry Melville of the Belfast Food Network

Up to 5,000 people will tuck into a free curry made from leftover vegetables on Culture Night in Belfast this month.

A giant dinner table will be set up along the length of Donegall Street in the city centre for hungry revellers on September 16.

Volunteer chefs will whip up a feast from the leftovers of the autumn harvest in one of the highlights of the arts festival. Fourteen farmers and distributors have donated 1.5 tonnes of vegetables.

Kerry Melville of the Belfast Food Network, which promotes sustainability, said: "We've been blown away by the generosity of participating farms, distributors and our partners and hope that thousands of people enjoy their free meal at Culture Night.

"All of the food donated for Feed The 5,000 is surplus food that might otherwise have gone to waste.

"Our local food system can be drastically improved if people choose to buy their food from local farms, producers and suppliers and then use all the food they buy."

Feed The 5,000 is an entirely sustainable event, using donated surplus vegetables, plates which can be composted and ensuring the environmentally-friendly disposal of all waste.

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