Between 08-14 August, Granite City Good Food held Aberdeen's second Community Garden Festival. Now that it's over, we sat down to reflect on the festival and what it means for the City.
What a week. What a week! From cultivating sessions and propagation workshops to open days and community celebrations, the 2022 Community Garden Festival played host to over 50 events celebrating the power of community food growing. In addition, food fairs and community cooking demonstrations also featured in the festival spaces- a lovely way to celebrate local, good food.
For 2022, 13 community spaces, across all localities in the city, were transformed into event spaces. From established community growing groups and allotment sites to Allotment Market Stalls at three of the cities amazing parks, activities were held for all ages and interests. Some gardens held one event, some held several, and all benefitted from a lovely week of weather!
The Community Garden Festival was launched in 2021 as a way to promote community good growing and the opportunity this provides for getting together to grow with others in a shared space. This year, the festival expanded, taking place over a full week, and was held earlier, following feedback and to make community growing more accessible to families (especially before kids go back to school!).
Here at Granite City Good Food, we always find events like these inspiring. Community growing spaces are host to some of the very best opportunities to support biodiversity, promote food growing and the boost to food security this brings, and to create spaces for people to gather, celebrate, and socialise. The festival showed the very best of that and we can't wait until next year.
Did you attend the Community Garden Festival? What was your event highlight? Use #GardenFestAberdeen on social media to share your highlight, and why not tag us too?