About the event
A transient town, a masterpiece in set design and mighty logistical feat, Boomtown Fair 2015 had over 100 food vendors spanning China Town, Old Town, Mayfair, the Wild West and beyond. Because Boomtown is less food focused than other festivals, traders found they sold less stock than usual.
Boomtown presented two main logistical challenges. The first was geographical: half the site was at the top of a hill, and the other half was at the bottom. The second was chronological: traders couldn’t leave their pitch until 4pm on Monday, giving us just three hours to collect food and deliver it to the relevant organisations.
A breakdown of what we did, when we did it, and how….
- 1 Arrived on-site and postered to inform ticket holders that they could donate their uneaten food.
- 2 Visited all traders and handed out fridge stickers detailing what food we could take.
- 3 Monday morning team briefing: split team into three: five people collected food directly from campsites, five people worked uptown, and five worked downtown.
- 4 Logged food by type, weight, temperature and use-by dates using system devised with the help of NCASS. SHOW MORE
The lovely people at Boomtown gave us use of a buggy and trailer so we could collect food directly from campsites. We learned that campers – when prompted – were more than happy to donate food: we saved them carrying it home, and also saved it from being wasted.
Having collected half a tonne of food from just two campsites, we predict there’ll be around two tonnes of campsite waste in total to be collected in future years.
We collected nearly four tonnes of food, and one and a half of these was bread. Because bread is light to carry traders tend to over order it, and because it’s perishable and cheap, they tend to leave it behind. Through Boomtown (and Bestival) we honed our skills in finding homes for large amounts of similar items, from bread to oranges via half a tonne of chilled chips!
of food collected in total
of food collected from campsites
organisations received the food
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