Three years down the line and the Pumpkin Festival has certainly made a name for itself among Cambridge residents. This year we welcomed over 3000 people into pumpkin inspired events across the city. We run the festival with food waste front and centre, encouraging people to re-think an often wasteful attitude to pumpkin carving at this time of year.

We collaborated with local charities, community groups and businesses to host 16 events during the October half-term. The festival also aimed to celebrate local and seasonal produce that is made or grown within Cambridgeshire, as we feel this is an important step towards a sustainable city.

Festival highlights

Daniel Zeichner launched the Pumpkin Festival with our Feed the 1000 event. We worked with Food Cycle to serve up some tasty pumpkin soup made out of surplus food! Disco soup was as popular as ever, with 140 attendees in their best fancy dress, we danced and chopped the afternoon away. We held two cookery workshops where 42 individuals cooked alongside Leanne as she demonstrated how to eat and carve halloween pumpkins. The festival was brought to a close with a pop-up farmers market hosted by the Museum of Technology. We had local retailers with cheese, vegetables, cakes and crafts showcasing their wonderful produce.