Update with our Gooseberries. Yum While flicking through Facebook this week, I saw a brilliant post from the Culture Night Belfast #cnb14 team, about their fantastic Culture Night Allotment Campaign. I was instantly intrigued as to concept of a sponsored community allotment. Not only because we work with the charities behind those who are vulnerable and in need, but also because the idea of this social enterprise is just amazing. It had been a busy week in Kaizen, so I honestly only heard about the campaign at the last minute. Thankfully though the opportunity to sponsor a part of the allotment didn't pass us by. For some reason no one wanted the Gooseberry plot. How very dare they! Well, those darn gooseberries never hurt anyone, so we’ll be their friend. Gooseberries have feelings too. There are no photos of our gooseberries just yet (they are a trifle shy), so here is Laverys Belfast’s raspberries. About Root Soup Culture Night Belfast is proud to unveil its latest partnership, one that we hope will literally bear fruit (and veg) in a very good cause…. Root Soup is a social enterprise which grows and prepares vegetables to make soups and breads, directly involving people who have learning disabilities and people who are homeless working together to learn and grow. A “field to fork” initiative, Root Soup offers training and employment opportunities across the food chain in areas such as growing, preparation and catering. Their greater aim is to enhance the relationship between people with disabilities, people who are homeless and the rest of our society, using the simple act of growing fresh healthy produce together as a catalyst. This chimed SO much with CNB2014’s theme of organic growth, not to mention our slogan “Feed Me”, that Culture Night has joined forces with Root Soup to present the shiny, new and 100 per cent sustainable “Culture Night Allotment” initiative. The plan is simple: Culture Night has co-opted a number of vegetable and fruit beds and polytunnels at Root Soup’s rather stunning Vista Allotment in Dundonald. Over the next few weeks, we’ll document the growth of our gooseberries, how well they cope and the recipes they will be used in when presented to those who need. We’re very happy and fortunate to be able to sponsor the Gooseberry plot and honestly we can’t wait for Culture Night Belfast to happen. It’s literally our favourite night out in Belfast throughout the whole year. Last year we were front and centre at the largest drum circle in Belfast EVER, followed by Countdown conundrums and then finished off with a rave in an alley. Best night ever. Many of our clients in the Cathedral Quarter use the night to really promote their business in a fun and informal manner. Many of them use flyer printing and poster printing to really get their message across to the many thousands of people who may only rarely visit the Cathedral Quarter. It’s too good an opportunity to miss. So plan your marketing now.