Good Food Fringe

The Good Food Fringe worked in parallel with the annual Bournemouth food Festival to really highlight all those places providing amazing events, meals and activities using local and sustainable food.

What is the background of the Good Food Fringe and where are you now?

Our Good Food Fringe worked with the Bournemouth Food Festival in 2015 and 2016 to raise awareness of the businesses, activities and events involved in the festival that had a good sustainable food sourcing policy. During this time the Good Food Fringe ran events such as a food takeover of Shelley theatre in Boscombe and two of our Restaurant Hops to introduce foodie fans to some of our favourite restaurants.

What are the plans for your project?

The Good Food Fringe had a limited time frame working with the Bournemouth Food Festival. We are now exploring the options to develop the Fringe as part of the Arts by the Sea festival during 2018.

How are you going to achieve those plans?

The Good Food Fringe is managed by the Sustainable Food City Partnership Bournemouth and Poole. We worked to engage food businesses around the region and get as many as possible delivering events and activities which highlighted local food. Since many businesses already use sustainable food and do their own festival events, it was often simply a matter of making these businesses aware of the Good Food Fringe, signing them up and letting everyone know.

How are you going to measure your successes?

To measure our success we kept track of how many businesses were involved and how many people attended the events.

What resources do you have? What materials, money and peoples time (both paid and voluntary) are you using?

The Fringe is managed by existing Partnership Staff and volunteers.

Who is involved in your project? Who has led your project and which other partners are involved?

The Good Food Fringe is entirely managed by the Sustainable Food City Partnership, but worked with the Bournemouth Food and Drink Festival.

Who has benefited from your project and how?

This event brought into the public eye just a few of the many great businesses around Bournemouth who are working hard to use and promote sustainable food. These businesses received free promotion for their involvement across all our social media and increased their public profile.

What are the main elements that have influenced the success of your project and what have your main challenges been?

Unfortunate issues with staff leaving unexpectedly starkly reduced the staff hours available to devote to the Good Food Fringe, but we were still able to sign up over 20 businesses even with such limited time! Therefore the Fringe is still considered a success and we aim to develop more events for the Fringe this year.

How would you rate the progress of your project?

All things considered, we feel the Good Food Fringe made good progress this year, and we hope to make even better progress next year.