The happy gathering of the annual Reading Town Meal took place on Saturday 28 September in the Forbury Gardens. Reading folk enjoyed a free meal created from produce mainly grown in Reading’s allotments and community gardens. The food was cooked and served by catering students at Reading College.
Proceedings were formally opened with a speech by councillor Tony Page.
The food menu this year was delicious Reading Hot Pot served with salad and focaccia bread, followed by fruit compote with crumble topping. Coffee was available from Coffee Box and there was apple juice from Abundance Reading who shared a gazebo with the Reading Food Growing Network.
There were stalls from a selection of Reading community organisations, particularly those with an interest in food growing and green issues, including food4families and Berkshire Greenpeace. Food4families run the tutored allotment sessions at Katesgrove Community Allotment at Waterloo Meadows.
Many organisations and individuals supported the annual meal. The steering committee for the event includes Reading Food Growing Network, food4families, Reading College, Reading Borough Council, True Food Community Co-operative and other volunteer members.