Edible Edinburgh is a city-wide partnership that aims to inspire and motivate everyone across Edinburgh to work together to build new approaches to food. We believe that together we can make positive choices that are healthier and tastier and which bring social, economic and environmental benefits to the whole community. Edible Edinburgh has an agreed vision, where Edinburgh is a city where good food is available and accessible for all, making for healthy people, thriving communities and a sustainable environment.
Edinburgh was one of the founding members of the Sustainable Food Places Network. The partnership was etablished in 2013, following a city-wide public consultation on sustainability priorities that highlighted food as an important issue. The partnership is recognised within Community Planning structures as a sub-group of the Edinburgh Sustainable Development Partnership.
Edible Edinburgh is chaired by Councillor George Gordon, the City of Edinburgh Council's Sustainability and Equalities Champion. The partnership meets every two months and is overseen by a steering group of core members. Delivery of Edinburgh's sustainable food city plan is carried out within sub-groups that report back to the wider partnership. In June 2019, the partnership was awarded the Sustainable Food Cities Bronze Award.
Edible Edinburgh has recently partnered with Open Seas to bring the Sustainable Fish Cities campaign to Edinburgh. The campaign has been adapted due to the Coronavirus pandemic and aims to build relationships between traceable, sustainable suppliers and their local communities to support the positive effects of shortening the supply chain. A dedicated website for Edinburgh's campaign is due to be launched soon.
Partnership members, Edinburgh Food Social and Nourish Scotland, established the Food for Good Coalition in Edinburgh during the Coronavirus pandemic. The coalition has provided free, fresh and nutritious meals for those most in need. You can read more about Edinburgh's local response to Covid-19 here.
Edinburgh Community Food have been key partners in the Council-led holiday activity programme, Discover!, since it began in 2018, providing cooking and nutrition sessions for families and children. The programme has been adapted during summer 2020 to provide online events via Facebook live, with families receiving a box of food each week to enable them to take part in the fun food activities. You can keep up to date on the acitvities via the weekly blog here.
The partnership is also working towards achieving the Sustainable Food Places Silver Award.
Edible Edinburgh's Health sub-group coordinates the promotion of healthy eating campaigns across the city including Veg Power, Sugar Smart and Fizz Free February, and Veg Cities. The sub-group also works togerher to reduce food insecurity, poverty and holiday hunger in the city and promote access to affordable and healthy food.
In November 2019, Edible Edinburgh hosted its first business breakfast event and launched the Good Food Business Charter. A second event was held in March 2020, led by Nourish Scotland. Speakers included the Scottish Food Coalition, Baxter Storey, The Ethical Dairy and the Food & Drink Federation Scotland. Roundtable discussions were held to see what opportunities there are for businesses to engage with the Good Food Nation. The main outcome was businesses felt strongly that the Government has an important role to play in giving businesses more confidence to transition to more socially and environmentally just practices.