BY KATIE - MYGREENPOD, 19 March '15

GOURMET GATHERING IN LIVERPOOL EXPLORES THE SOCIAL, CULTURAL AND POLITICAL IMPACTS OF THE FOOD WE EAT

Food for Real – the UK’s only free food-focused film festival – kicks off in Liverpool today with a series of events that explore the environmental, cultural and political impacts of the food we grow, eat, waste and share.

The freshly prepared Food For Real 2015 film menu includes over 30 food-focused features, documentaries, shorts and animations – with associated talks, hands-on activities and tastings.

What’s on

A focus on food waste will run throughout the festival, and five additional themes have shaped this year’s programme: salt and sugar (Thursday 19th), food and mind (Friday 20th), Toxteth (all day Saturday 21st) and family (Sunday 22nd).

Food waste campaigner Tristram Stuart will also be at this year’s festival.

Celebrating health

The festival is run by Squash Nutrition, a socially-engaged creative food enterprise made up of a team of artists, cooks, food growers and film makers. Together, they run celebratory food-focused health projects which champion social inclusion, wellbeing and change.

‘We believe that everyone should have equality of access to the enjoyment of good food in all of its aspects and culture.

‘We’re in it for the long-term, imagining Liverpool’s urban food gardens developing and shaping over many years, bearing fruit and veg, and growing people. We’re super excited about Toxteth Food Central eco-hub which will be emerging this year as part of the on-going Windsor Food Corridor programme. Drop in sometime for a cuppa and a seasonal bite to eat – Fridays are good – 12-2pm. Can’t wait to meet you!’

Squash Nutrition

Look out for the special 24-hour spring Equinox focus, which begins with a late-night screening at Constellations on Friday and flows through the whole of Saturday – starting with an early (6.11am) breakfast under the great oak in Princes Park and ending with the 6.27pm sunset, with drumming, feasting, a procession and disco all happening in between!

Bigging up breast milk

Food For Real will continue its commitment to bigging up breast milk, and will be screening the UK premier of Breast Milk the Movie. All venues are breast-feeding friendly.

This year’s festival will also include the very first Food For Real Best Film and People’s Choice awards, with a prize ceremony scheduled at The Brink after the final screening.

Have a look at Food For Real’s programme and planner to see what’s on.