World Disco Soup Day(s) 2021
“In order to save the planet you have to throw a better party than the people who are ruining it.”
Tristram Stuart, food waste activist and founder of Feedback
World Disco Soup day is the pop-up disco that gets volunteers chopping veggies, eating good food and dancing away, all in the name of ending food wastage. “Disco Soup started 8 years ago in Berlin, Germany, as Schnippeldisko, a ‘protest soup’, against food waste that fed 8000 people. From then on, they started to spread across the world as a fun, meaningful way to bring this crisis into focus. Many different editions have taken place. Each Disco Soup event was individually run, relying on local volunteers to organize every detail, until in 2016, the Slow Food Youth Network Brazil organized a national Disco Soup Day. So, why not do the same internationally?”
Nosh presented the first Disco Soup event in South Africa in Moletsane (Soweto) in 2018 with the Gauteng Slow Food Youth Network (SFYN). We’ve also been especially pleased to collaborate with the Alliance Francaise Johannesburg since 2018. This year we again worked on two events, one at the Parkview campus and one at the Soweto campus – both showcasing the students of the Soweto Chefs Academy in Kliptown.
Disco Soupe at Alliance Francaise Soweto Campus – April 2021
Chef Brittany Kesselman – who has long been one of our favourite supporters – took the Chefs Academy team in hand for the Soweto event, which meant the students also gained some deeper insights into vegan cooking. As we were still under lockdown due to covid restrictions, we could not have the big party which characterised previous years, but the beneficiaries did manage to at least join in for a bop and a quick snack and left with huge amounts of delicious food packed to go.
Disco Soupe at Alliance Francaise Parkview Campus – June 2021
Fatimah Dludlah – who heads up the Soweto Chefs Academy – co-ordinated the student team at the Parkview event. This time the students got off the hook a little easier, as we had just received a huge donation of surplus pre-chopped veggies from a producer who supplies prominent retailers, so the amount of elbow-grease required was significantly less, but Chef Fatimah challenged them to come up with a large variety of dishes to showcase their imaginations and they definitely rose to the occasion! Again, we were still restricted with respect to numbers allowed on the premises, but the Alliance Francaise team had been scouting Zoo Lake and the other nearby suburbs for a week prior to the event, inviting all the local informal recyclers to come and get a delicious meal in the afternoon, which ended up working very well.
We would like to thank Alliance Francaise for their continued support and we also want to wish their outgoing director, Gerald Candelle, all the best with his new projects back in France, it has been an absolute pleasure working with him and his team for the last four years, we’re going to miss him! These events are always such fun and we are really looking forward to collaborating with Alliance Francaise again in 2022.