Friday, 18 September 2009

Celebrating food's role in the community

This Monday (September 21) will see the launch of Harvest Brighton and Hove, a lottery funded project that aims to increase the amount of food grown and eaten in Brighton over the next few years.

The project will be launched at an afternoon-long event in Jubilee Square (outside the library), where Brighton and Hove Food Partnership’s community chefs will be cooking up food to share using freshly harvested local produce.

The launch will take place just one day after the festival of Eid al-Fitr, when millions of Muslims around the world will mark the end of Ramadan.

Food has a great significance in Islam. Chapter 20, verse 81 of the Qur’an states: 'Eat of the good and wholesome things that We have provided for your sustenance, but indulge in no excess therein.'

Bringing the community together in sharing the growing, preparation and eating of food is a central aim of the Eid al-Fitr festival marking the end of Ramadan on Sunday, and the Harvest launch seeks to do exactly the same thing.

I hope the thousands of Muslims living locally will celebrate the occasion by attending the launch, in recognition of the community-minded approach to food shared by Islam and the Harvest project.

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