Food Lab Brugge

Description of the project

Food Lab Brugge is a stakeholder platform around sustainable food (focusing on food waste, urban agriculture and farm to fork food). FSE Network and Coduco facilitate the Food Lab. Together with the sustainability department of the city of Brugge and the 50 organizations involved in the Food Lab, we made a SWOT analysis, co-created a strategy on sustainable food and chose priorities for action. The Food Lab has initiated a new, strong and inclusive dynamic on sustainable food in Brugge.

In May 2016 the Food Lab and FSE Network co-organized (H)eerlijk Brugge, the first sustainable food festival in Brugge with a (delicious) Feeding the 5000. In this festive awareness raising event, the Brugge cooking school and a culinary chef cooked 5000 meals out of food that otherwise would have gone to waste. Not a single meal was wasted. The project was ideal to show citizens how much food is wasted that can still be consumed. The Feeding the 5000 was accompanied by  a fair with workshops of the organizations in Brugge working on sustainable food.

Furthermore, the Food Lab and the city of Brugge co-created a sustainable food manual for events. In 2017 Brugge is the first city in Belgium who will use sustainable food during all its events, minimize food waste and redistribute potential food surplus.

Moreover, food waste in the Zeebrugge fish auction has been minimized and collaborations have been set up between Oranje and Ecoliving to pick up and redistribute food surplus.

Role of foodWIN

  • Co-create Strategy on sustainable food and food waste
  • Setting up a stakeholder platform around sustainable food and food waste
  • Organized a Feeding the 5000 awareness raising event