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Stirling Schools Present at Food for Life Celebration Event

by Tracey Walker, Stirling Council

On the 3rd of February, members of our Facilities Management Services Catering Team joined a diverse group of caterers, MSPs, educators and policy-makers from across Scotland, as well as teachers and pupils from Stirling, Fife and the City of Edinburgh, to enjoy a Celebration Event hosted by Food for Life Scotland in the Garden Lobby at the Scottish Parliament building. The event focused on the dedicated cooks, catering teams, young people, educators, producers and suppliers that are transforming food culture in our schools and communities, and was accompanied by a photographic exhibition celebrating all of these 'people behind the plate'.

An introduction to the event was given by Richard Lochhead, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs. Throughout the evening, presentations were made by Riverside, Borestone and Cowie Primary School pupils, showcasing the fantastic work in their schools as Food for Life Scotland 'Pathfinder' schools  and the four Food for Life C’s: Curriculum, Catering, Culture and Community.

Each school had five minutes to tell their good food story. Borestone pupils talked about their trip to United Auctions, where they learned about butchery and livestock, as well as the numerous food learning opportunities in their school. Cowie pupils spoke about how they are improving their dining hall through a new rota system, pupil helpers, and a special restaurant-like area. Riverside pupils presented about their ‘Teach the Bairns to Cook’ programme and even sang a Gaelic song about baking!

It was great to also hear from Fife's St Agatha's RC PS and Edinburgh's Currie Community High School; both of whom are also doing fantastic work as Food for Life Pathfinder schools.

We also took the opportunity to hand out copies of 'More than Food on a Plate': a document showcasing some of the great work going on in our schools linking catering with Education, Culture and our Community.

Everyone enjoyed tasters from award-winning Food for Life Catering Mark schools menus from across Scotland, including carrot, shallot and chickpea curry; and chocolate and beetroot muffins.

The evening was a huge success, the pupils definitely being the stars of the show.

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