Culture Night Belfast aims to ‘feed 5,000’ hungry revellers

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*Culture Night Belfast offers to “Feed the 5000” (with a little help from its friends!)

A big pot, an even bigger table, and enough curry to float the Titanic!

Organisers of one of the biggest nights in Northern Ireland’s cultural calendar are planning their most audacious events yet.

Culture Night Belfast and Belfast Food Network in association with Friends of the Earth, Big Lunch NI and GreenMan Packaging are planning to “Feed the 5000” on the evening of Culture Night Belfast on Friday, September 16. A giant dinner table will be set along the length of Donegall Street in Belfast City Centre, as a giant vegetarian curry made from locally sourced surplus produce will feed hungry revellers

“Feed the 5000” is 100 per cent environmentally sustainable, from donated surplus vegetables and the compostable plates and cutlery provided by Green Man Packaging, to the environmental disposal of all waste, courtesy of Natural World Products and RiverRidge Recycling. It will be Belfast’s biggest and greenest dinner party ever.

Fourteen local farmers and distributers have contributed 1.5 tons of surplus veg from this year’s harvest to go towards the Big Pot which will Feed the 5000 on the night. People can also help get involved at “Chop and Bop” events across Belfast on Thursday, September 15, where volunteers can have a boogie whilst helping to prepare the massive amount of veg the day before and on the day itself.

Adam Turkington of Culture Night said: “Feeding 5000 people is the perfect piece de la resistance for Culture Night Belfast 2016”.

Kerry Melville

Kerry Melville

Kerry Melville of the Belfast Food Network* said: “We’ve been blown away by the generosity of participating farms, distributors and our partners and hope that thousands of people enjoy their free meal at Culture Night.

For information about the Big Table and Feed the 5000, go to: and


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