Community cooking is hot in Girvan

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COMMUNITY cooking could soon become a reality in Girvan as the Town Team prepares to host Scotland’s first cooking bus.

Staffed by food teachers and part of the Scottish Govern­ment’s Focus on Food initiative since 2008, the lorry-come-purpose-built-kitchen provides lessons on healthy cooking and eating for communities nationwide - and it is scheduled for Girvan in early 2013.

The Town Team wants to be able to offer places on the bus to anyone wishing to learn more about how they can eat better on a budget and more healthily, and are looking for people to help make this happen.

Team member Krysia Mulvihill has been a driving force behind the Carrick stop, and hopes the project will generate great interest.

“I think getting the cooking bus would act as a catalyst because it is such an exciting place when you see it,” she said. “It would be so great to have something like the cooking bus set up as a permanent thing in Girvan.

“It is not just about cooking. It is an all-weather activity and it is a social thing as well. It’s about getting people together and people of all ages interacting.”

The Town Team are looking for partners to help take their vision forward. Interested individuals and organisations should contact Krysia at kryskol@hotmail.com, or Ailsa Horizons’ Julia Whitaker on her behalf on 01465 710628.

To find out more about the cooking bus visit www.focusonfood.org/cookingbuses.html.