Soil City at Glasgow International, April 2016

Soil City Final Logotype

Our new Soil City website is now live – check it out for some of our programme highlights during Glasgow Internationa! Just a month to go until the Soil City Lab opens its doors on 8 April, at 3 Osborne Street, Glasgow G1 5QN.  We’re excited.


Communal cooking at The Concrete Garden

Back in September when the sun was shining, Open Jar spent a few days cooking with the lovely growers and local families at the Concrete Garden and Back Garden in Possil Park.  We were exploring what you can make with different types of flour, learning from different cultural traditions.  Using the freshest seasonal produce from the garden we made steamed Chinese dumplings, pasta with nasturtium pesto, empanadas baked in the wood oven, not to mention bannocks and corn on the cob cooked on a fire at the Harvest Celebration.  It was all pretty delicious and we’re really excited about starting our weekly Global Canteen Cookery Group that will be running on Fridays from 23rd October.

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Fridays, 23 October – 11 December, 12.30-2.30pm at The Concrete Garden

Each week we will harvest fresh produce from the garden, share recipes, learn new cooking skills and enjoy a tasty lunch together.

To book your free place contact Emma on: 0141 237 9144 /

Photos by Clementine Sandison, Design by Josie Vallely

The Story Behind a Pint of Milk – 29th May

Open Jar Collective hosts an evening of talks, tasting, and discussion, exploring where our milk comes from and the role that micro-dairies could play in building a more sustainable food system.  There will be practical demos on how to make your own fresh cheese, butter and oat milk, a chance to hear from a local dairy farmer, and time to have a chat over a bowl of soup.  This free event is supported by the Glasgow Local Food Network.

Friday 29th May 5 – 8pm at the Kinning Park Complex

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On the 10th July at 7pm we’ll be hosting a Pop-Up Kitchen at the Glad Cafe, Glasgow.  Come and find out about our interpretations of food and the city.

Open Jar Collective’s Pop-up Kitchen at The Glad Cafe. A creative dining experience inspired by our relationship to the city and made using locally sourced delicacies. Come take part in this feast for the senses and have a chance to explore ‘local’ food in many forms.

Wed 10 July at 7pm, 6-course taster menu £12

The Glad Cafe, 1006A Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow G41 2HG

Menu highlights include:

  • Bread made from sourdough cultures thriving in different neighbourhoods across Glasgow
  • Surplus soup created out of ingredients that might have otherwise been discarded
  • A fish dish exploring the migratory pathways of salmon on the River Clyde
  • Wild salad made with foraged plants gathered from Queens Park
  • Grub Crawl recipe shared by one of the food establishments on the underground circle
  • Victoria sponge offering a peak into the history of Glasgow’s markets and how the city developed its sweet tooth

Tickets can be purchased from Locavore, 66 Nithsdale Road, G41 2AN, Tel: 0141 328 3303

For more info or to reserve a ticket please email:

This Open Jar Collective event is brought to you by: Hannah Brackston, Emily Chappell, Luke Collins, Daniele Sambo, Clementine Sandison and Alex Wilde