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Street-food festival invitation [fwd]

We at Pop Up Nottingham, are tentatively planning a pop-up street food festival.  What we are looking for, is independent, local food specialists, who source ingredients locally and have a flare for the unusual.

Contact us at hello[at]popupnottingham.co.uk


Book a stall on Sneinton Urban Food Market this Saturday

To book your stall please complete the details below. Contact nicola.hinton@ecoworks.org.uk 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.

News Round Up

Alain Job of Melting Pot Cafe at the Sycamore centre is also a street food pioneer.  And with the help of University students (more on this later as Marsha from Secret Kitchen has also tapped into this resource) he has created his own brand of street food – Nkono.  It is a banana skin cone with the Cameroon curry inside.  A tasty, healthy, biodegradable bit of home-made  fast food.  Maybe look out for it at Glastonbury next year, and certainly at the Relaunch of Sneinton Market 10th Dec!!

Alain and Nkono are down at the Goose fair until Sunday – please go down and try this new product if you can!  They are near the tram end of the main avenue in the Forest Rec that runs across the site from Mansfield over to Forest Rd West.

See the face book page http://www.facebook.com/groups/nkonostreetfoodlovers/


Hi all
We  think and hope you will agree that  Stonebridge City Farm is a
treasure which belongs to the people of Nottingham. Entrance is free
and we would like to keep it that way but the farm needs the support
of the people to ensure its existence. For just £10 a year or two
hours voluntary work a year you can become a member of “Green Street –
Friends of the Farm” and play a part in  protecting the farm. Details
of joining are attached and you can print the form, choose your option
and post it in to me or drop it off at the farm next time you are in.
Please also pass on to anybody who may be interested.  The 2 hours
voluntary work contribution can vary depending on what you would like
to  offer – from helping in the garden, maintenance work, baking or
helping at events, to give some ideas.

The half-price edible plants offer for Green Street is now finished.
Instead we will be providing limited monthly special offers and
Friends will be the first to hear of these offers. Workshops and
activities with limited numbers will be offered to Friends first.

Contact me if you have any questions and looking forward to seeing you
on the farm soon.
Best wishes

Green Street@Stonebridge City Farm:


All Ours October Souper Social Sunday

On Sunday 9th October 2011, 1.15pm – 3.45pm
at the 
Sneinton Hermitage Community Centre, Sneinton Boulevard with home made soup & cake courtesy of Pixies Pantry, hot drinks, table tennis, pool, games, chat.
The Lost Artists – a self help group for isolated artists who want to network with each other.   Artists, musicians, poets and any other artists that practice other art forms – are all welcome. Artist materials and musical instruments provided.
the Middle Street Jugglers Have a go at juggling, plate spinning and toothbrush twirling
 Art and Craft journalling for wellbeing by Dee Fairchild . All materials will be provided. It will be a buffet style workshop.
This social coincides with the beginning of Nottingham’s Mental Health Awareness weeks. There is a rundance event preceding All Ours, nearby at the Windmill from 12-1pm and a full listing of the other events for the 2 weeks can be found here
Future Dates : next All Ours will be on Sunday 13th November

News Round Up

Harvest Festival and Chilli Day at Stonebridge City Farm Sunday 25th 10-4pm


Just to let you know:

We have the following produce available should any of the cafes like to purchase:

Cooking Apples
Marrows huge! Great for stuffing with calaloo, thyme, garlic, onions and tomatoes :o)

Pumpkins will be arriving shortly – great for making soups, curries and sweet pie dishes

Just call me to arrange an order over £5 please with £1 delivery unless en route

Nicola Hinton
Local Food Worker

Upper School
Brewsters Road

Tel: 01159622200


Stonebridge City Farm is proud to invite you our new fine dinning evenings. We hope to offer you a unique dining experience, sourcing seasonal, fresh and organic produce with delicious vegetarian, vegan and meat options. See our flyer here.  And take a look at the fine_dining_menu  Places are very limited so please book early by calling 07940 496354.


Sneinton Hermitage has a over 50s lunch club flyer and is looking for new members.  Call Vanessa on Mondays from 11.30-1.30 on 0115 9504707


The Greenway Centre has a new cafe open lunch times Mon-Fri – More news on this soon….Also Lemon and Lime cafe in Queens Walk Community Centre in the Meadows is looking to relaunch soon – If you would like to be involved as a volunteer in revamping this cafe then get in touch with Bev on 07922537664



NCCN at the Green Festival 2011

A week on Sunday 22nd May you are invited to join us at the Green Festival at the Arboretum in Nottingham from  12-4pm.

We will have a tent or gazebo or possibly even a yurt set up in a cluster of stalls and stands from Ecoworks, Garden to Plate, Stonebridge and other Local Food Groups. I don’t know where we’ll be on site so come and find us!

If you want to come to a steering group meeting (discussing the future of this network) please come at 12pm-12.45pm or/and from 3pm-4pm (we are having two sessions). Between times we will be engaging the public, promoting Third Places around Nottingham, finding about more cafes from the general public, and doing fun activities such as drumming and free soup and bread.

Please arrange to get me some of your publicity material for me to give out/display, and please get in touch if you have any ideas in regard to this event.

News Round Up

Tomorrow I am travelling with Nicola from Ecoworks (thanks for the lift) and others up to Sheffield for the Making Local Food Work Conference (you can watch it live online).  Looking forward hearing about other great projects around the country (e.g Feeding Manchester), but  I think we can be proud of what Nottingham has in terms of its Third Sector projects.  Will report back soon.


I met Roger Moors, the new Food Projects coordinator at Ecoworks, at the Pakistan Centre for lunch (was very tasty as usual) recently.  And he suggested what I thought was a great idea for the NCCN.  It’s a ‘disloyalty card’ based on the loyalty cards of Coffee shops such as Starbucks.  The idea is that some independent outlets all join together to create a card whereby for example 6 visits to any of the outlets get the card holder a free meal/drink etc.

For us as a group of community cafes it could be very nice little bit of marketing, cheap to set up, and as long as 6 of our members wanted it we could get it off the ground quickly.  Maybe change the name from ‘disloyalty card’ to something else?

Above is an example from a group of London independent Coffee houses.


Thanks to the Stonebridge City Farm, Sumac Centre, Roots N Fruits, and Nottinghamshire Deaf Society for signing up recently as full members.


I visited the Sumac on Saturday along with my family for their People’s kitchen, we had homemade pizza’s and other stuff.  It was very delicious and healthy. We all had a good time out in their front garden, with all the raised beds and catering vans – good for hide’n’seek!

The Sumac have a new project, Mutual Aid, which is all about filling in after the funding cuts for support services such as benefits advice. It’s on Sundays from 12pm. Email nsn@riseup.net for more info.