Plymouth Food Awards 2014 – open for nominations

This year’s Plymouth Food Awards have now opened for nominations.  Who you think is doing the most to support the aims of the Plymouth Food Charter? The Charter supports a thriving local economy to help create a more healthy and sustainable food city.

You can vote for your favourites, in the following categories;

Best Producer, Best Local Food Product, Sustainable Restaurant or Cafe, Sustainable Food School Award & Community Food Award

We also very pleased to have a new Award this year: National Marine Aquarium’s Reconnect Award which is for restaurants that deliver excellent information to customers on food provenance particularly with regard to the sourcing of seafood.

To make your nomination email  with your choice in one of all of the categories listed. Nominations need to be received by 30th April, they will be put forward for public voting on 1 May 2014.   To find out more

Plymouth BFE open for bookings…


Big Food Event from Food PlymouthThe Plymouth Big Food Event (BFE), an exciting new Plymouth food event taking place across the city from 10th – 14th June 2014, is now open for bookings.

Organised by Food Plymouth – the city-wide food partnership working to help Plymouth become a Sustainable Food City – and Food is Fun, joint organisers of Plymouth’s Flavour Fest.

Events include a Big Food Debate, a conference and trade expo, at the National Marine Aquarium on 10th June, with trade stands available for food businesses who want to the opportunity to meet buyers from local catering markets. We encourage anyone with an interest in good food to come along to connect with others and to join in the debate!

Also taking place in the city centre on Saturday 14th June is a Big Food Festival, as part of Lord Mayors Day celebrations, with a local produce market and cookery demonstrations from local chefs and schools. There will also be food stands and cookery demos down Sutton Harbour, as part of La Solitaire Figaro and Jazz Festival celebrations.  A great weekend to be in Plymouth!

Taking place over four days in the heart of Plymouth, the event is a celebration of good food
and will also feature a range of activities across the city.  Does your community, business, restaurant or school
want to get involved?

Contact Traci at or Tami   Book your stand or tickets for 10th June now!     To find out more

Many thanks to our supporters who have helped to make this initiative possible:  Devon Contract Waste, Foodsmiths, Food is Fun, National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth City Centre Company, Plymouth City Council, Plymouth City Markets, 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 Plymouth DEAL Conference   

Cllr Brian Vincent opens Food Plymouth DEAL Conference

The Food Plymouth Conference 2013 was opened by Cllr Brian Vincent, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Sustainability, who stated that, ‘good food is vital to Plymouth’s health and economy,’ and that we are working towards achieving formal ‘Sustainable Food City status’ for next year.  Tom Andrews from the Soil Association praised Plymouth as being a founder member of the Sustainable Food City network, which was formally launched in the Summer.  Paul Cox from the Marine Aquarium also announced that Plymouth is working to achieve the Fish2Fork Blue City Award, as part of their journey to support Plymouth to be a Sustainable Fish City.  

Other speakers included; Traci Lewis, who outlined Food Plymouth’s objectives, outcomes and future focus.  Gilles Marechal, one of our French DEAL partners from Rennes in Brittany, about how they have developed a Sustainable Food Plan for Rennes.  Julie Frier of Plymouth Public Health outlined the gravity of the situation for the City around ill-health and health inequalities caused by food poverty and poor diet. Whilst Brad Pearce of Plymouth City Council School Meals Service impressed delegates with how they manage to feed Plymouth’s primary school children to Gold standard Catering Mark, the first Local Authority in the country to achieve this prestigious award.   It was a lively and inspiring day with lots of debate and discussion, lots of work still to do, but lots to celebrate also!





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 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


Traci Lewis, Food Plymouth Coordinator  M 07870 268 654   @foodplymouth

Soil Association 



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