Pig Feast

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Pig Feast
Step forward, little piggy: it’s time for your moment in the sun. I mean, on the grill. On Thursday November 21, a host of celebrity chefs and award-winning restaurants will feed Londoners (for free!) using only pork-based dishes made from eight pigs reared at Stepney City Farm. It’s all part of a campaign called The Pig Idea, which aims to overturn a ban on feeding pigswill – aka leftovers – to our porcine pals. Doing this, argue organisers, will not only reduce food waste but will improve the sustainability of pig-rearing. Spearheaded by Wahaca founder and ‘Masterchef’ winner Thomasina Miers and ‘Feeding the 5,000’ food waste expert Tristram Stuart, The Pig Idea is also supported by chefs Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, John Torode, Giorgio Locatelli and Fergus Henderson. Top restaurants have created dishes including Bistrot Bruno Loubet (cassoulet with slow-cooked pork and meatballs), Cabana (pulled pork sliders), The Delaunay (roast pork and sauerkraut in a rye roll), Le Pont de la Tour (braised pig cheeks with creamed potatoes), Paternoster Chop House (baked belly pork buns with apple sauce) and Wahaca (slow-cooked pork pibil tacos, and pork-free winter veg tacos). The crew at The Pig Idea have treated their eight city farm pigs to a healthy menu of food that would otherwise have gone to waste, including unsold veg from a catering supplier, spent grains from a local microbrewery, whey from a Peckham dairy and okara (a tofu by-product) from an organic producer in Brick Lane. If we’re going to eat meat, we owe it to the planet, and to the pigs, to do it with the minimum of pointless waste. And that’s no porky pie. 


Event website: http://thepigidea.org/
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Katy Stenhouse

What a fantastic back to basics idea. Our grandparents would be proud of all of us if we adopted this approach, something that farmers would have done long ago anyway. I grew up on a farm and we regularly fed our pigs the scrapings from the kitchen and they loved it! What a great way to vary their diet and also a great way to potentially keep costs to the consumer down. Thanks for waking Londoners up Pig Idea!


It makes perfect sense! I hope the government take notice tomorrow! big up the pig idea!

Georgina Hofer

Fantastic idea that we should all support on social media to help spread the word. We have to think more sustainably.