Our nationwide campaign will be bringing people together again for its third year between 30th October – 24th November.
Cook and Share Month is a celebration of good food and how it connects us all, providing inspiration for warming meals and autumn celebrations during a time of increased cost of living. The event continues to grow each year: in 2022 over 300 registered activities took place, and bespoke resources were downloaded over 25,000 times.
Ruth Galpine, Associate Director of Healthy and Sustainable Diets for the Soil Association, says:
“Cook and Share celebrates the many benefits of sharing good food, from getting together with loved ones to enjoy a meal or learning a new recipe at your local community centre. Not only that, but with budgets so squeezed, Cook and Share resources are providing plenty of inspiration to dig around your cupboards or reach for different seasonings to mix up a recipe. I’m looking forward to seeing all the ways we can connect through cooking and sharing this autumn.”
To ensure there’s plenty of ideas for all, this year's resources correspond to weekly themes celebrating the many joys of cooking: Cooking for People, Cooking for Pleasure, Cooking for Planet and Cooking for the Pocket.
Free resources are available to download now and include step-by-step recipes, with guidance on how to tailor them to any age group or setting, guidance on safely prepping and cooking, and information on wider food-related topics, such as wellbeing and cultural events.
This year’s campaign also sees the return of the much-loved Roast Dinner Day, first created by Food for Life co-founder Jeanette Orrey in 2009. This annual celebration of seasonal, locally-sourced roast dinners is an opportunity to showcase freshly-prepared food and invite local communities to join in too.
How can people take part?
People can take part by starting an event either with friends, family or within their local community and registering it here, or by joining an existing event in their local area. Reach out to local community groups to see if there’s an event happening nearby, or to help arrange one with them, or simply download the free resources to try out at home, school or with friends.