Levi Roots adds spice to Manchester’s Big Lunch in bid to get neighbours eating together

By Charlie Boydell-Smith

Barbeque enthusiasts can unite and celebrate Manchester’s Big Lunch without it costing the earth, thanks to Levi Roots five budget recipes… weather permitting.

The Big Lunch, let by the Eden Project and in its fifth annual year, encourages people in Manchester and throughout the country to have lunch with their neighbours once a year.

The Lunch takes place on Sunday June 2 and encourages a few hours of community, friendship and fun.

Levi Roots said: “The Big Lunch is a great way to get communities together. Everyone can get involved no matter what your budget is.  I hope this year my ‘Five Recipes for a Fiver’ will help show it also doesn’t have to cost the earth.’’

Those thinking it may be too late to get anything arranged rest assured, Levi has everything covered.

He said: ‘’It’s never too late to get involved – just get a few neighbours together on Sunday 2nd June, fire up the barbeque and let the good times roll!”

Roots has teamed up with Kingsmill to create five inexpensive dishes, all inspired by his classic Jamaican cooking style featured in his upcoming cookbook, Grill It With Levi.

A few months ago, MM reported there was perhaps a lack of neighbourly love in Manchester, with a survey showing 86% of people don’t consider their neighbours to be friends.

With 74% of those questioned saying they would like there to be more community spirit in the area all is not lost, and The Big Lunch may be the perfect way to kick-start some community collaboration.

The Big Lunch is funded by the Big Lottery and is supported by Mastercard, Kingsmill and Asda.

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