The Town Meal is a one day community festival run from RISC on London Street, Katesgrove. About 1,000 free cooked lunches will be served in the Forbury Gardens in the centre of Reading on 1 October 2016. There are also stalls from local organisations active in sustainability, ecology and green issues, as well as a small traders’ market and children’s activities.
The produce for the meal is donated by local growers and Reading allotment holders, including those at Waterloo Meadows. It is cooked by students in the kitchens at Reading College and at the Forbury on the day.
The appeal runs until 13 May 2016 and pledges attract rewards. For a £5 pledge your name will be on the ‘meal makers’ thank you board at the Town Meal and on the Reading Town Meal website. £5 text donations are also accepted; text RTML16 £5 to 70070.
There are other ‘limited edition’ rewards:
- £12 – Town Meal Takeaway: A goody bag for you at the Reading Town Meal. A very special package including seeds, vouchers and a recipe card as your souvenir from the day you helped make happen.
- £20 – Pocket salad garden: Grow your own food with our kit. As your thank you for backing the Town Meal we’ll provide easy ready-to-grow plants so you can start your own herb or salad garden on a windowsill or outside.
- £50 – Explore the exotic edibles: a VIP tour of Reading’s RISC roof garden. The experts will show you around this fascinating oasis in the heart of Reading.
- £120 – Instant allotment: seasonal grow-your-own veg plants for a year. As a special thank you for backing Reading Town Meal, we’ll provide you with a delicious variety of plug plants for each stage of the 2016 growing season.
Some allotment holders might say that an ‘instant allotment’ is an oxymoron, but a nice idea!
- Reading Town Meal – Crowdfunder
- Reading Town Meal – website
- Reading Town Meal 2016 – Facebook
- History of Reading Town Meal