Summer’s here! Usually we would usually be out and about, popping up at festivals and events. Though in the UK we’re no strangers to a summer indoors, usually our events go ahead come rain or shine. This year looks a little different, so we’ve been finding new ways we can bring people together to cook delicious food.
A Garden Party in the Air
Last week, we collaborated with Artillery for Walthamstow Garden Party In The Air for a special inter-generational cooking session inspired by Grandad’s Island by Benji Davies. Everyone in the family put their artist hats on to sculpt some fun creatures that might live on the island – and we have to say, the results were pretty impressive!
“I confess I was a little sceptical about how Kids Kitchen transfers online and it’s brill!” – Morag, Artillery Arts
We had some session regulars, old friends and new faces making snakes, elephants, rabbits, cats and snails. Staying connected and finding time for fun is so important, so it’s fab that events like these are finding ways to go ahead. Walthamstow Garden Party In The Air events will be happening until the 31st of August, so be sure to check out their page for other creative ideas for keeping busy! Meanwhile, here’s some of the other ways we’ll be connecting families this summer.
Cooking with communities
We’re joining Phoenix Community Housing, a not-for-profit, resident-led housing association in South East London, to do some sessions for their residents. During August we’ll be part of Summer Fun – bringing residents together to make cous-cous volcanoes, bean burritos, summer rolls and sunshine bars. They’ll also be providing the food packs for residents so everyone can join in. Here’s Aneta prepping for the sessions from her makeshift home studio in her kitchen!
We’re also working with The Big Skill to create a ‘Big Skill Cook-In’ online event this autumn. The Big Skill gets people together to share practical, creative skills, so we’ll be joined by Brecon Beacons Foraging to learn all about foraging, The Woodee, to craft hand-made firepits, and Pippin and Gile who specialise in bushcrafts! We’ll have more info on this one soon – so watch this space!
Kids Kitchen in your community
We want to make sure we can safely reach as many people as possible this summer. Being less able to get out and connect with other people is odd and difficult, we’ve definitely found that events like these help in feeling a little more normal!
So, do you know a local group or festival that would like to bring a bit of colour to family and toddler sessions, or their virtual kids tent? Are you part of a group that can’t meet yet, but you want to do something together? We’d love to help. Get in touch at [email protected] and let’s collaborate!