In 2014 Penge Community CanTeen launched on a mission to get local people sharing local recipes, using local suppliers and creating work experience opportunities for local youth.
18 months later we have a 500+ online local community. We host monthly pop-ups nights in a local town hall where local residents and caterers share their home cooking with other local residents and friends.
Pengelicious is the next step up. This new food festival would take the same CanTeen mission out into a local park for a day, to bring all this local cooking from all our varied ethnic kitchens out into the daylight and into new mouths, to be shared and enjoyed.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
The Penge Community CanTeen has had a fantastic local response. Our last pop-up scored over 4.5 out of 5 on every question asked and achieved an NPS score of 88, which many corporates would die for.
The proposed local park has a Friends group who have invested time and effort in programmes such as build planting. Campaigns such as their would benefit from the attention of a great festival in their park.
Local festivals like this are a great opportunity for the local community to come together and collaborate on something tangible - if temporary. The value of such initiatives however is lasting, as the evolution of the Penge Community CanTeen project to date shows.
Steps to get it done:
We are hoping this will be first of many Pengelicious food festivals in SE20.
The idea is that future festivals would cost less, as we will have funded the marquees, stage and so on from this funding raise, and also as our economics and operational dynamics become clearer, and finally as local businesses become more prepared to sponsor this great and successful local initiative. So this first slug of funding should be the fuel to start the flywheel moving, which then should self-finance thereafter.
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Hi guys, thanks again for all your pledges that have made Pengelicious happen - soon. These pledges are being processed right now. You should see a line saying Spacehive on your paypal or bank statement depending on how you pledged. Separately, you might want to buy advance tickets for Pengelicious. These advance tickets are already 20% discounted, but as a special thank you for your backing Pengelicious, we've added an additional £1.50 discount, giving you a whopping 56% off. Just use the discount code (coupon) ThanksBacker. Hurry, as advance tickets are only on sale until Wednesday 24th August. Hope to see you on the day, Saturday 27th August, 12-4pm in Penge Rec. Thanks again for backing Pengelicious
Boom. #pengelicious is now fully funded and ready to launch Penge's first local food fair on August 27th! Thanks to the Mayor of London's crowdfunding team for last night pledging our final £500 funding live at #crowdfundLDN, the first time a Spacehive project has hit their target live on the night. Woop. But it could not have happened without the massive support from local residents, businesses and friends of Penge, who together had already pledged 87% of our funding, 60% of which was raised in just 6 days in early June. Humbling. Special thanks to Property World and all our other local business sponsors. So, do you want to take a slot on a stall, to sell your own local food? Or do you want to enter one of your prize dishes in the Great Penge Bake Off or our Pimp My Plate competitions? Get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org. Get involved and join us taking our diverse home cooking into this public space! Advance discounted tickets will be on sale from this weekend at www.pengecanteen.com. Please keep supporting Pengelicious by showing our participants that you are coming and that they should buy extra ingredients for their stall! Can't wait to see you there! #pengeandproud
Thanks to all our backers, all ONE HUNDRED of you. Woo. Great to see the bar still moving since Monday. Please keep it moving. Do share this with your best friends by sms and ask if they can back this great local food festival for Penge. It's the number of pledges not so much the individual amount that counts now, so every little really does help :)
Wow, 95 backers. Thanks so much guys for keeping up the momentum. We're really looking to build as broad a support base as we can. Right now that means it's more about the number of pledges than the individual amount of each pledge. So please do keep spreading the word and prompting your friends and neighbours to support this great local project - even if it's only a few quid. We're gonna make it. #pengeandproud!
Wow. Big thanks to Anya Stang for tipping us over the 80 pledge mark just now. We've now hit both the targets the Mayor's office set us, to demonstrate the extent of our great local support. Thanks so much to all our you who have backed Penge's first food fair, as individuals and as local businesses, especially our sponsors Property World, Designer Drapes & Kirvan Bond. How much further can we go? The more we over-fund, the more we demonstrate to the Mayor how well supported Pengelicious is locally, so he will hopefully close our final funding gap. We've got until the end of today. Please share and spread the word!