Cooking Bus heads for food town

The Healthier Scotland Cooking Bus will be visiting Castle Douglas from May 25-28 during food town week.

If you’ve never seen a Cooking Bus in action before you are in for a treat. This giant, hi-tech articulated lorry opens out into a spectacular purpose-built kitchen and classroom where qualified food teachers give pupils, teachers and the wider community a taste of quality cooking.

The Cooking Bus, funded by the Scottish Government as part of its Healthier Scotland programme and Food Standards Agency Scotland, is run by The Focus on Food Campaign, the leading organisation to support the teaching of cooking in schools across the UK.

Pupils climb aboard for lessons under the expert eye of advisory teacher Susan Blackwell, whose planned programme of cooking activities is tailored to the age of those taking part and supports the schools. There will also be training for the teachers and the wider community, so that they can continue helping youngsters cook with confidence long after the bus has rolled out of the yard.

Focus on Food Cooking Buses tour the UK delivering lessons to children of all ages - from 4 to 18 - how to prepare, cook and enjoy real food.

The Healthier Scotland Cooking Bus is part of the Scottish Government’s efforts to improve the health of children and families in Scotland. As well as teaching cooking, nutrition and food safety and hygiene to pupils the bus will welcome mums, dads, guardians and carers and community groups on board to reach the wider community. The core of all lessons will be hands-on cooking.

Scottish Minister for Public Health Shona Robinson said: “The Cooking Bus is a fantastic way to teach children some of the basics about where our food comes from and how to cook healthy, tasty meals.

“Cooking doesn’t have to be complicated and that will be an important lesson for the young chefs on the Cooking Bus.

“As part of Scotland’s first-ever national food and drink policy we are encouraging people to develop healthy eating habits that will benefit them for the rest of their lives.

This, along with our joint action plan to improve diet and increase physical activity, will help to tackle the serious problem of obesity and invest in a healthier future for Scotland.”