Food & Drink
To promote sustainability, we provide clear guidelines for our food traders on how to operate ethically and environmentally. We only allow certified compostable serve ware, coffee cups, and wooden cutlery, and all traders must use organic, seasonal, and local produce where applicable. Additionally, fair trade certification is required for coffee, tea, chocolate, hot chocolate, exotic fruits, and sugar, and single-use plastic condiment sachets, straws, and polystyrene are strictly prohibited. To ensure proper waste management, we provide waste management systems for traders to separate their materials. To celebrate those making waves in sustainable food practices, we have the ‘Green Trader Award’. Last year, Olivia’s Yummy Treats won the award with gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, wheat-free, and vegan-friendly super delicious food offerings. We also collect information on the quantity of food brought to the festival for CO2e analysis as part of our monitoring with the EU Green Deal Circular Festivals.
At the festival, check out Food on Board, our circular food court where we put the principles of the circular economy into action. Food is served on wooden boards with a limited amount of compostable serveware. We partnered with Zero Waste Alliance Ireland to pilot an on-site biodigester in 2022. The composter takes roughly 15-20 hours to produce a high-quality compost from discarded food materials, which is safe and ready for use in gardening. This year, we continue our work with ZWAI to learn more about composting on-site. We aim to create an environment where food can be cared for and celebrated, and to promote responsible food consumption across our festival community.