Cooking bus is culinary success in Girvan

Pupils from Invergarven School enjoyed their visit to the cooking bus.
Pupils from Invergarven School enjoyed their visit to the cooking bus.

INTEREST in healthy cooking and eating is driving up in Girvan thanks to a high-tech HGV.

The Scottish Government-funded cooking bus rolled into town for a four-day stint at the seaside on Monday, giving Girvan folk the chance to learn about the food they eat and have a go at cooking simple, nutritious meals.

A Girvan Town Team initiative – and among the first of the Team’s projects to come to fruition – community groups have had the opportunity to take part in three hands-on cooking sessions a day.

Yesterday the Carrick Gazette joined Invergarven School as they learnt how to prepare tasty leek and mushroom croustades and potato and beetroot salad.

Stephanie was one of the first to finish, and said: “It was fantastic. I had a great time cooking; it was really fun. I’d like to do it again!”

Her classmate John (pictured left) added: “I just loved it all; it was brilliant! Now I can make these things again at home.”

Town Team member Krysia Mulvihill, one of the organising team behind bringing the bus to Girvan, said Invergarven had followed in the footsteps of a number of successful sessions since the bus parked up in Girvan.

“Everyone has really enjoyed it and the kids have been totally engrossed,” she said. “It is lovely to watch; really heart-warming.”

Cooking bus advisory food teacher Sarah McCoshim agreed. “What has been particularly good is the number and variety of participants,” she said. “It has been fantastic.”

A meeting is to be held this afternoon from 2.30-3.30pm to discuss how the cooking bus legacy can be developed in Girvan, and organisers hope to retain the interest in community cooking with a permanent cooking initiative in the town.