Radio DJ Sara Cox ‘does a Delia’ hosting a pop up supper for Oxfam

Posted by Georgette Thomas Oxfam Media officer, Oxford, UK

13th Sep 2012

Radio DJ Sara Cox is swapping her microphone for an oven to host a special one off pop up restaurant with Oxfam.

On Thursday 13th September the popular radio one DJ will be cooking a South American themed three course dinner for forty guests at Hackney City Farm in London.  Co-hosted with Oxfam, Sara is entertaining a varied group of diners including fellow DJs, well known food bloggers and local food producing heroes.

Sara Cox said: "I love cooking and entertaining people so I'm really happy to be 'doing a Delia' and swapping a radio studio for a kitchen for the night to cook up a South American supper for my guests.  Hosting the event is a fun and creative way for me to show my support for Oxfam's campaign to share the world's food resources more fairly and eradicate hunger."

As well as celebrating local food producers and people who are passionate about food, the event is intended to highlight the injustice of nearly one billion people going hungry every single day. It is being staged in support of Oxfam's Grow campaign, which is working to address flaws in the global food system, currently buckling under the pressure of climate change, rising food prices and a shortage of land, water and energy sources.

Sara Cox added: "There are so many people doing inspiring things with food in their local communities, from fronting their own pop up restaurants to creating local food co operatives. It's fantastic to be working with some great local producers and entrepreneurs to create a night of good food and entertainment.

 "I hope it will encourage other people to get involved with Oxfam's campaign so that in a world where there is enough food to go around, a future can be built where no-one has to go to bed hungry."

The menu for the night is inspired by an innovative Oxfam funded project in Bolivia, South America which uses an ancient irrigation technique involving raised mounds called camellones to grow tomatoes, corn and farm fish. Areas prone to flooding, made more vulnerable in recent years due to the effects of climate change, have been elevated so their crops aren't ruined in the event of extreme weather ensuring that families have food to eat and to take to market.

Matt Jackson, Head of Oxfam's UK Campaigns said; "After decades of steady progress in our efforts to get rid of hunger, we are now going in reverse. The politics of power are keeping food out of the mouths of people who need it the most. One key way to help rebalance the injustice is to invest in small holder farmers who help to put food on a third of the world's population tables yet are also the majority of those who go hungry."

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Notes to Editors:

For photographs from the event and / or interview requests please contact Georgette Thomas on +44 (0)7824 503108 or gthomas@oxfam.org.uk 

Oxfam's Grow campaign is committed to creating a better future, ensuring food security and prosperity for all in a resource-constrained world. For more information go to www.oxfam.org/grow

Blog post written by Georgette Thomas

Oxfam Media officer, Oxford, UK

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