Festival 2018 foodies celebrate diversity with civic canteen

Festival 2018 has been a jewel in the crown of the inaugural European Championships, bringing a raft of cultural and creative events to Glasgow, with thousands joining in on the fun. 

As we head towards the final weekend of festivities, a new event has just opened its doors – the Civic Canteen. Taking place every day from Thursday 9 - Sunday 12 August, the Civic Canteen is a celebratory and provocative strand exploring food and nourishment as one of the uniting forces in life.

As part of Festival 2018, the Civic Canteen tent in John Street will house a series of free to attend special workshops and events, all of which have the shared goal of using delicious food as the vehicle to promote cultural exchange. Different workshops are on each day, ranging from Bavarian and Spanish food with the enigmatic Soul Food Sisters, to a masterclass with a MasterChef.

Founders of Soul Food Sisters, Marysia Mikicka and Djamila Siagh met with Deborah May, founder of Küche, on Thursday to open the Civic Canteen in style, with a ceremonial cutting of the ribbon.

Deborah May, Founder of Küche, said: “I’m really looking forward to Küche’s Tomorrow’s Kitchen being a part of Civic Canteen. The kitchen space for me has always been a very sociable, a very shared, loving, healthy, mutlicultural and celebratory space - this relationship with the kitchen space inspires the work thatwe do today. This project specifically will celebrate traditional Scottish dishes and will be an exploration of how multicultural Glasgow creates exciting new culinary fusions.”

Marysia Mikicka, co-founder of Soul Food Sisters, said: “The concept behind Civic Canteen is to explore food and nourishment as one of the uniting forces in life, which is exactly the ethos behind our collective so we are thrilled to be a part of this fantastic programme at Festival 2018. At Soul Food Sisters we use food as a force of nourishment, for better understanding, respect and inclusion and we can’t wait to share this with visitors to this weekend’s festivities.”

Colin Hartley, Glasgow 2018 European Championships Director, said: “It has been an outstanding opening week of sporting and cultural activity, I can’t quite believe the amazing things we have witnessed over the past 7 days!

“We’re delighted to be welcoming the curators involved in the Civic Canteen to Festival 2018. The tent, situated on the beautiful backdrop of John Street, will host a series of special workshops and events that all have a shared goal of using food as a vehicle to promote cultural exchange and challenge preconceptions. We hope locals and visitors alike come out to experience the array of gastronomic treats on offer.”

What to expect at Civic Canteen:

  • Küche’s Tomorrow’s Kitchen explores and celebrates traditional Scottish dishes that have been enlivened by the multiculturalism present in Glasgow, and provokes thoughts on what our current and traditional kitchen larder could look like in the future.
  • Montreal based ATSA’s While Having Soup works to bring strangers together with though provoking conversations over a bowl of warming soup. A discussion menu will provide topics and guide the direction of chat.
  • MasterChef winner Gary Maclean will be exploring seasonal food and how to cook healthy food on a budget. There will even be a "Ready, Steady, Cook” cooking competition format where Gary will help three young people to prepare a meal from an ingredients table.
  • The vibrant female led group of chefs, Soul Food Sisters, take you through how to make some of their favourite dishes from their multi-cultural menu. This collective of immigrant women who are based in Gallowgate all have a shared passion for good and authentic food. There will be a series of four different food-based workshops and communal meals featuring the foods of different regions.

All tickets for Civic Canteen are free, and can be reserved in advance for each session or you can simply drop by on the day with spaces being allocated on a first come, first served basis. More info at Civic Canteen

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