Feeding the 5000 presented by OzHarvest‏, Martin Place

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HELLO WORLD! It has been a long time since I last blogged!  I’ve been neglecting my precious Nessy Eater for a few days now and it feels like forever. I am currently swamped with paperwork and there’s just little time for me to escape to my lovely cyber blog world. However I made Nessy Eater oath that no matter what phases I’d go through in life I still have to blog at least once a week.

Honestly , half a year ago I didn’t know where exactly this blog would lead too or how this could affect my daily life. I’ve experienced a roll-coaster ride with this blog, whether it be feeling disorganised, overwhelmed, cheerful, annoyed or puzzled . At the end of every post I upload my heart gets all warm and fuzzy that I’ve accomplished yet another post.  But it wouldn’t be entirely complete without you, the readers devoting your time and commitment to my blog. I admit I do frequently have grammar mistakes, I apologize in advance. I will try to brush up my English overtime.

Overall, just want to say a BIG THANK YOU to all the readers and new readers. In such high spirit there’s people like me who are interested in same things as I am for example.. you guessed it FOOD PORN! Teehee

Speaking of food… Did you know tonnes and tonnes of food gets wasted every single day? Just because packaging is cosmetically imperfect or fresh fruits and vegetables appears to be damaged or labels are incorrect. All ingredients are automatically dumped without hesitation.  Thankfully, non-denominational charity called OzHarvest salvages these quality food which would otherwise be dumped and wasted. OzHarvest aids the disadvantaged men, women and children by generously giving a hand at no cost.

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It was very educational at the OzHarvest event yesterday at Martin Place, as they expose to the public the key issues of food being wasted and how discarded food can be rescued by introducing methods to minimise food waste.

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After midday it was flooded with people coming all around the CBD. Luckily, there were heaps of enthusiastic volunteers controlling the enormous crowd.

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As the movie Forrest Gump once quote “life is like a box of chocolate, you never know what you’re gonna get” . I was clueless and thrilled to taste what Sydney’s top chefs had to offer . Hooray! Time for some yummy curry! Surplus Veggie Curry and Rescued Rice served with (optional) Chapatti, Natural Yoghurt and Onion Relish.  The Chapatti was still warm and floury to the point it was darn tasty. The curry wasn’t spicy, just the way I like it.

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Just look at the amount of people attending this educational event.

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After a delightful meal we decided to explore the event, first stop was the supply of growing veggies.

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Cheerful volunteer came up to us and explained how veggies are grown.

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Got our votes for encouraging and rescuing discarded food waste.

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I did not know honey can be a waste, fortunately OzHarvest saves the day!

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Hungry Mondays our next stop, the Gazpacho, a jammed packed tomato based vegetable soup served cold was quite a unique flavour. It had a complete smooth consistency that easily goes down.

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Did you know excess unused lemon juice gets discarded ? Why? My eyes were sparkling when I gave Lemonade a try from Left Overs.  It was heavenly delicious, I even went back for more.

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Popped by the Fruit Rescue serving mandarins and oranges.

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Approached to PePe Saya stand were a gentlemen stood near the stand and screamed out ” best butter ever, give it a try, otherwise you’d miss out”. *Phew* I listened, it was one sinful butter. Dipping the bread into the warm ham and pea soup was epic.

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Legs trembled as Kylie Gillies from The Morning Show was only a few steps away from me. Missed my opportunity to take a photo with her as she fled super fast.

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Behind the scene filming Ronni Kahn’s interview about OzHarvest.

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Many people participating and donating to this event

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More sneak peak of presenters being filmed

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Thanks to OzHarvest I have learned a lot in the space of one hour, how food does not have to be wasted. It can be salvaged in so many ways. All we need to do is just think of alternatives and fresh ideas to reduce discarding the unimaginable levels of dumped ingredients.

Before throwing out imperfect foods, just think about the disadvantaged people out there trying to access healthy and nutritious food. We may live in a world where supermarket is the convenient method of purchasing fresh fruits and vegetables, but before delivering these fresh products, farmers devote their energy and time in harvesting nutritious goods to make sure every household has a healthy diet.

Photos by Vanny Tang

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9 thoughts on “Feeding the 5000 presented by OzHarvest‏, Martin Place

    Jas@AbsolutelyJas said:
    July 30, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    Lovely post, and what a great event for OzHarvest to throw. I do my best to only buy what I need and from the farmers markets whenever possible – I hardly ever set foot in supermarkets anymore 🙂

      Nessy Eater responded:
      July 30, 2013 at 10:02 PM

      Thanks Jas! I’m planning to grow herbs. Fingers crossed it’s edible. I enjoy farmers markets more than the supermarket- I mean it’s outdoor fun! 😀

    Christine (@cookingcrusade) said:
    July 31, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    It always makes me a bit sad to think about how much wastage occurs every day in Sydney alone. Good to hear there are ways we can all make a bit of a difference 🙂

      Nessy Eater responded:
      August 1, 2013 at 9:11 PM

      It’s good charities out there are making an enormous difference 🙂

    grabyourfork said:
    August 1, 2013 at 12:30 AM

    An incredible feat feeding so many people, and great to see so many chefs getting behind such a worthy and important cause.

      Nessy Eater responded:
      August 1, 2013 at 9:16 PM

      Yes! It makes such a difference in our community 😀

    juliegreenart said:
    August 1, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    Love your pics – great documentation of the event. Did you love the day?

      Nessy Eater responded:
      August 1, 2013 at 9:17 PM

      Thanks Julie! The event was such an educational experience worth sharing 🙂

        juliegreenart said:
        August 2, 2013 at 5:36 PM

        Absolutely agree!

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