On a beautiful sunny day in June 2014 residents and restauranteurs of Roath came together to celebrate the cultural diversity of the area in a local park and community garden.
The festival aimed to strengthen community cohesion through the selling, eating and cooking of food from cultures represented in the local demographic, as well as promoting healthy eating and local food growing and community garden projects.
The festival featured a multicultural range of food stalls – all from within a mile of the park – each offering small taster portions of their food, making it affordable and accessible to everyone. A workshop tent hosted community food activities, including cooking demos, food waste talks and food science experiments, engaging residents of all ages to participate and learn a new skill. There was also music and entertainment from local musicians, a ukelele group, circus fun and games, pedal powered bubbles and even a bellydancer! The community garden was also bustling with activity, including seed bomb workshops, chickens and of course plenty of tea and welsh cakes!
The event was co-ordinated and managed by Green City events in collaboration with Roath Residents action group and with the support of Cynefin Cardiff, the Big Lunch, Communities First and the Big Lottery. Key to it’s success was the involvement of the local community at all stages of the planning and delivery.