Two vacancies in our team

We’re excited to announce that we have two vacancies in our team! We’re looking for experienced and enthusiastic volunteers who are looking to give back to a Plymouth  community based organisation in the roles of Administrator and Company Secretary. If you want to be part of a growing organisation that’s passionate about food, this could be for you. More information available on the jobs page.

Plymouth wins 1st SFC Award

20150316_194332 Food Plymouth won the first ever bronze Sustainable Food City (SFC) Award at a national conference in  Bristol on 16th March.  This was in recognition of our significant achievements in three areas of each of the six categories of the Award: promotion & awareness raising, health & access, local economy, catering & procurement, community & skills, waste & the environment.  Cllr Brian Vincent who received it on behalf of Food Plymouth partnership said, “This is wonderful news for Plymouth and is a real boost to our work to help make the city a healthier place to live and work.”

Partners across the city have been working to develop the partnership and delivery since 2010, to increase local and sustainable food into the city, through the vision of the Plymouth Food Charter and Action Plan.  Plymouth was one of only four cities to get recognised at the event along with Lambeth (London), Cardiff and Brighton, who got silver for their longstanding commitment and outstanding achievements. Plymouth to go for silver next year folks?  If anyone wants to join us to help make this happen please get in touch!



BFE-line-boxed-xsmallBig Food Event Film   view it now!

Click on the above link for a wonderful short film, telling the story of Plymouth’s ‘Big Food Event’ – or BFE – a city-wide celebration of good food in June. It kicked off with Plymouth’s Big Food Debate, attended by people from across Plymouth and the south west, to debate our food future. This fab film has been produced by SWFish and funded by the DEAL Interreg programme – which supports economic development of local food – of which Food Plymouth and Soil Association are partners.  Please do share the video with your networks and get in touch if you would like to promote it through your website, presentations or events


Future of Food in Plymouth 

But where can you buy it the rest of the year?

Local Food at Plymouth’s Flavour Fest in August

Plymouth City Council, working with Food Plymouth, have produced a PCC Local Food Topic Paper.  This contains recommendations for the Plymouth Plan, a new over-arching policy and planning strategy for the city (2015-2031).  The consultation process closed on 25th October, thank you to everyone who took part.

BFE002This topic paper is based on evidence from the report ‘Future of Food’, which was produced by Food Plymouth, in collaboration with Plymouth City Council (PCC).  Many thanks to all our contributors, particularly; Jenny Coles, Traci Lewis, Clare Pettinger, Ian Smith, Richard Price and Wendy Miller, who worked so hard to develop and complete this report.

Future of Food Report   140605 Food Plymouth – Future of Food FINAL

Local Food Topic Paper


Sustainable Fish City

Paul Cox, Cllr Tudor Evans, Tim Glover (Fish2Fork) with Award

Paul Cox, Cllr Tudor Evans, Tim Glover (Fish2Fork) with Award

At Food Plymouth’s Big Food Debate Plymouth received the first ever UK Blue Fish City Award from Fish2Fork, in recognition of the sustainable sourcing practices of over 80 Plymouth restaurants, what a great achievement! To find out more

At this event Paul Cox from National Marine Aquarium officially launched the Sustainable Fish City Campaign. This is being led by the Aquarium, supported by Food Plymouth.

Would your business like to make a pledge to help Plymouth also become the UK’s first Sustainable Fish City?


Plymouth Food Award winners 2014

 BFE-line-boxed-xsmallThe winners of the 2014 Plymouth Food Awards were announced on 10th June at the first ever Big Food Debate, at the  National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth; an event organised by Food is Fun and Food Plymouth.The awards were created to celebrate some of the extraordinary efforts, skills and achievements of those who are bringing delicious healthy and sustainable food to people in Plymouth supporting the aims of the Plymouth Food Charter.

BFE041The winners of the 2014 Plymouth Food Awards are:

  • Best Local Food Producer: Riverford

Highly Commended: Well Hung Meat Company

BFE040Sponsor: Tamar View Fruiterers





For full details of all winners Plymouth Food Awards 2014 


Many thanks to our supporters:  Devon Contract Waste, Foodsmiths, Food is Fun, National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth City Centre Company, Plymouth City Council, Plymouth City Markets, Plymouth Community Healthcare CIC, Plymouth University, Soil Association, Sustainable Food Cities, Tamar View Fruiterers.









Have you seen the Plymouth Food map?

Have you seen the Plymouth Good Food Map?

Food Plymouth have produced a new Plymouth Good Food Map listing Plymouth’s restaurants, and other eateries, serving local food with clear details about where it comes from.
The new map is free of charge and is available from information points around the City and from all of the outlets listed.  If you would like to receive copies for your business or organisation please email your request and address to:

View map    FoodPlyGoodMap_ForWeb_Map
View List  FoodPlyGoodMap_Info


Food Cultures: Growing, Cooking, Eating project reveals new appetite for behavioural change

At a time when 25% of the adult population is considered to be obese and the annual cost of the national obesity epidemic is estimated at £5 billon, a Plymouth based research project that introduced young men and older people to sustainable and healthy food activities points to innovative partnership solutions. The research showed how participants underwent a range of social and behavioural improvements around food and diet.

click to download

Sustainable Food City: Plymouth Action Plan

Food Plymouth launched the Sustainable Food City Action Plan at the Plymouth Guildhall on 23 February 2012. The plan, developed by the city-wide partnership, aims to provide the framework and guidance to help healthy and sustainable food drive and support a thriving local economy.

The event showcased new and exciting developments around local food in Plymouth. Speakers included representatives from the public, private and third sectors discussing how the Plymouth Food Charter has helped to drive positive change for their organisations, as well as the city. Click here to download your copy of the Action Plan


Food Plymouth  – who are we?

Food Plymouth is a city-wide, cross-sector partnership of organizations and businesses working to support Plymouth’s journey to be a ‘Sustainable Food City’. It is led by the three main public sector bodies in the city: Plymouth City Council, Plymouth Community Healthcare, Plymouth University and is coordinated by the Soil Association; working to promote sustainable and healthy food as a powerful driver for promoting and enabling positive social, economic and environmental change.

Plymouth Food Charter

Good food is vital to the quality of peoples’ lives in Plymouth. By promoting healthy and sustainable food as part of a thriving food economy, the Plymouth Food Charter aims to improve health and wellbeing for all and to create a more connected, resilient and sustainable City. Signatories to the Charter – which include public, private and community partners – are committed to promoting the pleasure and importance of good food to help create a vibrant and diverse food culture.

Who’s involved so far?

Allways Apples; Dig for Devonport; Devonport Guildhall; Department of Health; Diggin’ It; Food for Life Partnership; Federation of City Farms; Flavour Fest; Food is Fun; Grow Efford Partnership; Groundwork;  National Marine Aquarium; National Trust; NHS Plymouth; Plymouth Community Healthcare; Plymouth 2020; Plymouth Better Together; Plymouth City Council; Plymouth City Markets;  Plymouth City Centre Company; Plymouth University, Real Ideas Organisation; Riverford Organic; Soil Association; South West Food and Drink; Tamar Grow Local; Tamar View Fruiterers; Take a Part; Tideford Organics; Transition Plymouth; The Barefoot Partnership Ltd; ….see ‘Pledges’ for full list of businesses and organisations around Plymouth who have signed up to the Charter and are working  together to help Plymouth on it’s journey to be a ‘Sustainable Food City’ …..

Food Plymouth is proud to be a founder member of the Sustainable Food Cities network  @FoodCities

Contact  @foodplymouth




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