September 14th- 20th 2020
Join fellow food lovers in the Top End for a week long challenge to eat as much local produce in your meals as possible. GULP NT & COOLmob will be partnering with many organisations to help you train for the week and you can sign up to take the challenge on whatever level you feel most comfortable.
The Top End Local Food Challenge celebrates the abundance of food that grows in our own backyard! This September, join COOLmob and GULP NT in challenging yourself to make the switch to eating local. Not only is it good for the planet but you will also be supporting local farmers and food producers AND eating a lot more healthily. *Local food will be defined as “Top End’ so from below Katherine to Tiwi Islands- but as local as possible encouraged.
- Bite size: Incorporating at leas t one local food ingredient into at least one meal every day for the week
- Meal size: One meal every day for the week made with mostly locally grown or produced ingredients
- Fresh foods: Sourcing all your fresh food (fruit and veg and meats) for the entire week locally
- Survival style: Every single food and ingredient you eat for the week is 1 00%% local including salt and oil
Workshops and events
We’ll be running some events and workshops in the lead up to the challenge to get you prepared! More info coming soon…
Can my business or organisation be involved? YES!
- Cafes and restaurants could create a ‘special’ for the week using local ingredients, highlighting where they’ve been sourced, promoting on social media and their menu. We will promote businesses who participate.
- Community gardens, art centres and other community organisations could run an event, workshop or host a local food meal during the week which we could collaborate with and cross-promote
- Schools with kitchen gardens could focus on local produce during this week
- Councils and NT Government could provide promotion and funding for us to run free workshops
- Media outlets could partner with the project to promote in the lead up, use as a platform for education and content du ring the week and/or follow the journey of some participants. This could be done on radio, video, editorial or social media
How is this benefiting our community?
- Encourage the community to source more of their diet from local producers in the “Top End” – Katherine to the Tiwi Islands
- Highlighting the issue of food miles – most foods in Top End supermarkets come from at least 3000km away
- Building community support for more sustainable and fairer food systems
- Supporting local farmers and food producers
- Connecting people to place and community
- An opportunity to educate Territorians about the need for local food security
See you on Facebook and Instagram
- There is a challenge Facebook event page
- Participants are encouraged to share recipes on the GULP NT community group Facebook page
- Instagram: @tasteofthetopend and @Coolmobnt – challenge hashtag #topendlocalfoodchallenge
More details will be coming, so show us you are interested and we will keep you in the loop.