By Rachel Burnett, Education and Public Engagement Officer, Biochemical Society
February was a busy month for The Hungry Games, our hands-on activity developed in partnership with the Royal Society of Biology and Nutrition Society. On 25th February we attended ‘The Food of Tomorrow’ event at Imperial Science Festival Fringe.
Imperial College London hosted a variety of fascinating exhibits, from appetite supressing cake to discussing the carbon footprint of foods and people could take place in a wide range of activities. Visitors to The Hungry Games stand were invited to play our card game, and to vote in our ballot; we asked if beef, cheese, wheat, chocolate and oranges were being wiped out, which would you save? Wheat was the most popular, with 69 votes, followed by oranges (23), cheese (17), beef (12) and in last place, chocolate (11). The discussion was continued on Twitter, where cheese was a firm favourite!
The next day we were off to Belfast for Northern Ireland Science Festival. Based in St George’s Food Market, we played The Hungry Games with visitors to the market, whilst our partners Love Food Hate Waste held cooking demonstrations and the Centre of Excellence for Public Health NI ran fascinating nutrition activities, from guessing the portion size of fruit and veg to discussing how much sugar was in our favourite foods.
I even had the opportunity to dress up as a potato! As well as a healthy source of carbohydrates, potatoes are one of the UK’s most commonly wasted foods. The costume became a great talking point with visitors, and helped us to begin discussions around nutrition and food security with visitors. Visitors could once again vote in our ballot. Interestingly, wheat was still the winner with 48 votes, closely followed by beef (33), oranges (24) and in joint last place with 17 votes, cheese and chocolate.
Thank you to our brilliant volunteers for both events, and the staff at Imperial Fringe and Northern Ireland Science Festival for hosting us. We would also like to thank our partners the Royal Society of Biology, Love Food Hate Waste and the Centre of Excellence for Public Health NI. We will be taking The Hungry Games to more events in 2016; do keep an eye on our events page for more information.
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