Newcastle’s Magic Hat Café is upcycling food waste into healthy dishes.
A Newcastle cafe is helping to cut down on the amount of food wasted in the community by turning it into affordable, healthy dishes for the public.
The Magic Hat Café collects unused or ‘surplus’ food (food that is otherwise bound for landfill) and uses this to create affordable, healthy meals to lower the amount of food thrown away. This can include fruit and vegetables that are unattractive, bakery products that can only be sold on the day of production, surplus from food growers and end-of-line or unsold produce. The collected food is sorted and then prepared and served at their ‘pop-up cafe’ sites; a process also known as ‘upcycling’.