Food Carlisle

Carlisle is a Food City aiming to be a beacon of good practice to inspire others. We believe in working with our food producers, suppliers, transporters and local food establishments to make the most of the high quality food in the area.

We are creating a city where good food flourishes and where we work in partnership to empower change towards a vibrant and inclusive food culture. We aim to encourage every setting to serve healthy, sustainable, delicious food. We want to start a local food revolution and share learning to assist other places to recognise the value of working in this way.

Food Carlisle were shortlisted and became a founding member of the Sustainable Food Cities Network in August 2013. We developed a Charter and action plan to advance this work and projects throughout the city, and following this work, we gained our Bronze award in 2018.

Food Carlisle, like all partnerships, has had to change plans and divert resources during the pandemic.  We are currently working alongside the Affordable Food Hubs, and are delivering on Covid resilience work across the district.

What we do

With good local food we can achieve better health, reduce the impact of poverty and build a more sustainable local economy and society. The Carlisle Food Charter has been developed with our key partners, stakeholders and communities, and sets out what we want to achieve in Carlisle, so that everyone benefits from having “good local food for all”. We want as many people and organisations as possible to endorse the Charter and proactively work with us in making Carlisle a fantastic food city with a flourishing food culture.

Our Co-ordinator Emma started in January and is working closely with the chair to re-connect the partnership.

We have restarted the Sugar Smart campaign in the area, as well as signing up for Good to Grow.


We recently held a wonderful Plant, Food and Wellbeing Fair in conjunction with Carlisle City Council, in Bitts Park.  The event was well attended and gave people something to look forward to, and the sun shone!  There was something for everyone, with free pizzas being made on site and handed out, as well as free fruit.



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