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Transition Town Romsey had a very successful stall at the Romsey FoodFest.  The theme was ‘Food Waste’ – with the aim of getting people to think about the cost to the environment as well as the pocket.  Alongside information boards about the amount of water and energy used to produce food which is then put in the bin, visitors were encouraged to sample cakes made with foodstuffs that may otherwise be wasted e.g. stale bread, sour milk, soft bananas, surplus/over-grown garden produce.  Particular talking points were the ‘sticky orange potato cake’ and ‘left-over veg and orange cake’made with swede.  Members also gave away surplus fruit and vegetables from their gardens and allotments, as well as homemade jams and chutneys.

A light-hearted quiz to guess how much water goes into producing everyday food items gave ‘food-for-thought’, with the highest example being a 150g piece of steak at 2,310 litres.  Entrants were put in a draw, and a box of home-grown fruit & veg and homemade preserves was won by Patricia Allvey.

TTR will be continuing the theme of “Waste” later in the year, when on November 26th they will be holding a Public Meeting at the URC Hall with talks, stalls and quite possibly ‘sticky orange potato cake’ !