Bonobo Feast

A playful, food-sharing feast made from ingredients that would otherwise be wasted, where there is only one rule - you are not allowed to feed yourself! We build connections, have fun, gain inspiration for creating communities, and learn about food waste by taking example from the Bonobo monkeys who build social bonds by giving their excess food to strangers.

Humans waste a third of all the food we grow, yet also leave nearly a billion people underfed. Bonobos, or pygmy chimpanzees, are humans’ closest animal relative: most famous for their promiscuous sex-lives and matriarchal social structure. They are less well known for their pro-social, food-sharing behaviour. Bonobos seek out others to share their excess food with, and they actively choose strangers over their friends. Essentially they turn surplus food into social capital and make new friends! Think of all of the friends we humans could make with the 1.3 billion tonnes of food we waste each year... 

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The Bonobo Feast is a project founded by Tristram Stuart, an international award-winning author, speaker and expert on the environmental and social impacts of food (you can view his TED talk here). Tristram has been campaigning against food waste for the last 15 years. He founded an environmental organisation, Feedback, which has launched many national movements and run successful campaigns on every inhabited continent. In 2016, Tristram founded Toast Ale which brews award-winning craft beer from unsold fresh bread that would otherwise have been wasted; and pours 100% of profits into charities.

The Bonobo Feast is Tristram's latest project and is a great example of how we can help build global communities, educate people about the impact food waste and empower people to take responsibility for their own environmental impact.

We will provide the food for the feast and any donations collected at the end will be given to the Oxford Food Bank which actively helps redirect fresh surplus food to people in need.

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