One Big Picnic – the free annual community event that celebrates unity-in-diversity and promotes food justice – was back with a bang on September 4th on Glasgow’s George Square, after a twoyear hiatus due to Covid.

There was such a fantastic buzz as people of all backgrounds tried free food from diverse cultures, enjoyed a chat and had a go at the various craft activities, henna, face painting and the chance to try on a turban or a hijab. It was a particularly musical One Big Picnic – we not only had an array of live music from some of our city’s talented musicians, but there was also a tent where you could try out an instrument yourself, thanks to Glasgow’s musical instrument library Music Broth. Craft activities included: the chance to explore seasonal vegetables with the Glasgow Food Policy Partnership; calligraphy in multiple languages with the Yemeni Scottish Foundation and the Glasgow Jewish Representative Council and decorate your own lunch bag with Interfaith Glasgow’s Weekend Club for refugees and asylum seekers. 

13 groups worked together through the Interfaith Food Justice Network to plan the event and to serve over 4600 portions of delicious free food, with all things from curries, wraps, salads, pies, sandwiches, cakes, drinks and so much more on offer! Many of these groups run free food initiatives and have supported each other to help vulnerable people throughout the pandemic and beyond, so it was incredible to be able to come together for such a joyful event and showcase what they do.  The food went quickly but our volunteer team made sure that some was distributed to homeless people on the streets of Glasgow.  

Members of the Interfaith Food Justice Network believe everyone has the right to enjoy good food and feel part of one big community and they certainly achieved that at this year’s One Big Picnic!