Category Archives: Local Food

FIG Local has an exciting opportunity to offer….

To launch the new Notts Nosh Food brand FIG Local will be holding 4 ‘Notts Nosh Festive Feast Events’ in December in our 4 target areas; Bulwell, Aspley, Killisick and Netherfield.

Notts Nosh was created to showcase all of the wonderful food that is being produced within Nottinghamshire, to tap into local pride and to encourage people to buy local food. In doing this we will be addressing the issues that families face in these tough economic times.

The cost of feeding our families is ever rising and this is due to many factors.  One of these factors is the cost of transport and oil from importing foods which raise our food prices. Not only does the current food system take its toll on the environment it also means that lower income households are beginning to struggle with affording food.

The Notts Nosh Festive Feast Events will be held at community centers in our target areas and will offer a free meal made from local, seasonal donated vegetables. The event will also be an opportunity to hand out community food maps of the area which will showcase free, affordable and community based food and encouraging people to access and use these.

We will also have stalls selling fresh local vegetables, jams, chutneys, honey, cakes etc as well as a raffle for food hampers.

Any money raised will be donated to a local food bank or charity serving food.

The opportunity

Is for an individual/group/community cafe to co-ordinate the one pot meal aspect of the events including

  • Sourcing the recipe (to be kept simple examples would be; a veg risotto, veg stew or soup)
  • Co-ordination of a team of volunteers to prep, cook and serve the one pot meal

This opportunity is voluntary however the event will be highly publicized in the media including radio, newspapers and possibly TV and could be a great promotional opportunity for the persons/business/group involved.

We are hoping to roll out a weekly community café in these areas depending on the success of the Festive Events and this could lead to potential employment for the persons involved.

For more information see the role description linked here one pot meal co-ordinator role description


Book a stall on Sneinton Urban Food Market this Saturday

To book your stall please complete the details below. Contact for more info, or call her on 01159622200.

News Round up

Apologies for much missed news and no contact for a while.  I have become a father recently and so have been out of action for a while now!  Personally though it gives me renewed inspiration to help develop the community cafe scene in Nottingham, since I think children get so much out of being part of rich communities that Third Place‘s  (including commmunity cafes) are essential parts of.  “It takes a village to raise a child” they say and every happy village has its pub or cafe or tea house where people congregate and talk and hang out…

Anyway on with the news:-


Tomorrow is the Nottingham Local food Partnership’s (find us on facebook and twitter) fourth monthly Market.  We have a great range of stalls from Ecoworks, AMC gardens, Stonebridge City Farm, Veggies, Secret Kitchen and many more (including a farm shop selling local, wild game meats  like venison and partridge).  It’s from 10-3pm so come along and hangout, also have a look round the new Victoria Leisure centre.  There is a cafe unit that opens onto the square – it is still up for tender so, if interested, just contact the council and put your bid in…hopefully whoever gets it will create a community cafe and not just a business.


Alain Job from Melting pot at the Sycamore Centre, St Anns has opened a new venture in Victoria Centre Market upstairs in the fish and meats section.  He is selling delicious African Cuisine in a banana skin cone (the nkono concept!) Monday to Saturday 11-4pm.


Marsha Smith from Secret Kitchen held a social event last week Friday 5-9pm – it was great relaxed, unique community event and a first for Sneinton.  You could BYO wine and beer, bring the kids, the food was delicious and cheap and there was free musical entertainment. It was the the definitive ‘Third Place’ night and we could do with alot more nights like this around (especially for us with young children who can’t get to pub as much as they’d like)

Social night flyer_secret kitchen_bw


Cafe bingo is still coming but there has been a delay due to funding issues….

Also am looking for further ideas and support for this project going forward – hopefully we can get an action group together soon.

Get your local food delivered from Ecoworks [fwd]

Hi Dave

Just thought I’d put out there to you and your cafe networks.

We currently have the following produce available for delivery this Friday 16th September:

Runner Beans @ £2.69 per kg  (asda price £4.50 per kg)

Beetroot (Organic, Bio-dynamic) @ £1.46 per kg  (asda price £3.14 per kg)

Potatoes (not cleaned, but can be baked, steamed or mashed) @ £1.00 per kg (Asda price 0.94 per kg for non organic) or special offer £14.50 per 25kg sack

Garlic – Beautiful Fresh Organic Garlic, not available in the shops @ Large Bulbs 65p each Small 45p

Cooking or Eating Cox’s Apples – St.Anns local @ £1.41 per Kg (Asda Price £1.47 per kg)

We can also take pre-orders for some unusal produce, or please ask if there is something you would like me to look for including:

Red Peas
Pak Choi
Red / White Onions

Minimum Orders over £5 with a £1.00 delivery charge within the city area or you can collect from our offices in St.Anns. Cash on Delivery only please
Hope this is useful.

Much thanks,


Nicola Hinton
Local Food Worker

Upper School
Brewsters Road

Tel: 01159622200

Joint Projects

Transformation of Sneinton Market

I was at a meeting last night with people involved in the arts side of the new Sneinton Market.  If you want to get involved in some way then email the curator Jennie Syson at for more details.   The artist commissioned for the work is Neville Gabie  who takes a collaborative approach and works closely with local artists.  The theme for this work is apples – which is very apt for the area!

The new square construction is on schedule and will be opened around the second week in December.  This should be a really big event in the city, widely advertised and promoted,  and I can envision thousands coming along.  Sneinton Market  is so famous in Nottingham because of its past glory days so people will be interested to see what’s new!  The opening weekend will involve an all day and evening celebration on the Saturday, and I have verbal agreement that the NCCN can organise a hot food court.

So please get thinking about this now – it’s quite a good potential payday because of the numbers expected, and a great chance for you and the community to be involved in this new public space!  If you think you want to join in with us then let me know and also let’s see what resources (e.g. outside catering equipment) we need and if we can share it around!


Just Change is an organisation that buys tea direct from growers in India and so cuts out the corporate middle man.  Us cafes and community centres consume a hell of a lot of tea so it’s right that we source ethically (we certainly can’t source locally).  The NCCNetwork could buy the tea in bulk and distribute onto our members (i.e. you) – the prices are reasonable: 800 bags for £16 – or just contact the supplier yourself through their website.


Community Cafe Bingo Anyone?

Or should it be called a Cafe Network Loyalty card, or something else?

Whatever the name, the basic premise is that a person visits any of the community cafes in Nottingham listed on the card and spends over £2.50 then they get a unique stamp on this bingo card.  Then then keep the card and visit  other cafes to get 6 stamps – at this point they can get a free meal from any of the cafes in the scheme (up to the value of £4.50).

If they then visit the remaining three cafes they get a full house and win a prize which I hope will be something like a cinema ticket from Broadway, or some other prizes gifted by local bushinesses, or at worst another free meal.

Initial design for the card is here.

Please get in touch will any comments of this idea.  I will contact the individual cafes directly to propose giving this scheme a test run soon…..

News Round-up

Well a lot is going on at the moment – in the country and the world as well as in Nottingham’s community cafe scene!

Just a comment on the social unrest, and the potential (near certainty) of a another recession:- Community spaces are needed now more than ever – the best defence against all the coming problems is a strong community – and strong community needs spaces where ‘community’ can happen!

An interesting upcoming community programme that your project may get involved with is the community organiser program run by Locality and the best place to keep up to date with it is at Jess Steele’s blog (she is head of the program)

A different perspective can be had at the community activist network – it’s free to join.

More community means more networking – so as well as this network I am interested in forming other Nottingham(shire) wide networks – One idea is to bring together all the community led festivals in Nottingham (those run independently of the council) into some kind of loose association.  Off the top of my head I can think of:-

Sneinton Festival, Holding hands round St Anns, Medfest, Gay pride, Sherwood festival, Caribbean Carnival, Lenton festival, Green Festival, dot to dot, Mela, and the big one still to come this year Headstock up in Newstead. (most of these are on facebook).  No doubt there are more of these festivals so please let me know.

Also I think it is time for community centres across Nottingham to come together to have fun, share resources and help each other through these difficult times. For example most community centres have cupboards with stuff from old projects that isn’t used anymore – maybe others could use the stuff.  Also sometimes there are bits of money left over from projects, lying dormant in bank accounts – maybe this could be pooled for an event or some joint publicity!

If you can help with either of these two networks please let me know.

Dance group that performed at Sneinton Festival


Kate Troy from the Great Green Garden project and Transition West Bridgford has invited us to go along and dig up an abundance of potatoes ready now – I will organise transport to get across to their site to harvest them – we can have the potatoes for less than commercial rates.  Let me know if you want to buy any of these potatoes or if you can come help.  We should be going next week so get in touch and I’ll let you know more details.


see forwarded message below – if interested please contact her directly:-

Message: Hi

I’m trying to find out if any of your members would be interested, or a able to, supply outside catering. We are looking for a buffet lunch for around 50 in mid October.

We are an Advocacy company, trying to get our work commissioned, we mainly work in St Ann’s and Sneinton. We are holding an event to showcase our work. We have, fingers crossed, local MPs and speakers from the Cabinet Office and people from Nottingham City Council.

Let me know if you need any more information

Thanks again

Victoria Gondzic

Integritas Advocacy CIC

3rd Floor, 7 Mansfield Road, Nottingham. NG1 3FB.

Direct Line 0115 9348411

Office hours Monday to Friday 9.30am to 4pm

Visit our web site at

Integritas Advocacy CIC seeks to promote the dignity, self-determination, legal and human rights of individuals.  We provide information and independent advocacy for vulnerable adults and training for practitioners and carers supporting them.


Food Review – Punjabi Lunch Club

I went to the Punjabi lunch club on Tuesday. It actually only opens on Tuesday from 12-2pm which is a great pity because I have raving about the food to everyone I have met since then!

On reflection I had worked up a good appetite by walking there (over hill and dale) from Sneinton via the Goshen community cafe on Alrefton Rd. The lunch club is in the Hyson Green Community Centre next to the New Art Exchange, and right by the Forest Rec Tram stop.

It is a very simple unassuming set up – collect your meal and pay the treasurer of the group £2.  The meal comes in an airline food type tray and I got chana dahl, a chapatti, saag aloo, and rice pudding, all astonishingly delicious.

I shall definitely be back and I wish there was a way for the Chef to do a masterclass for other cooks in the cafe network, because the food is health, very cheap to make and tasty.  I guess I’ll have to work on this idea!