Urban Foraging

A survivalist guide to urban foraging* and eating well with minimum or no expenditure.

Rapid increases in food prices in 2007 and 2008 thrust “food insecurity” in urban areas into the spotlight. Ironical everyday in South Africa countless free promotions, gallery openings, conferences and functions offer patrons free food – from promotional tasting in large supermarket chains such as Pick ‘n Pay, to luxurious spreads at upmarket galleries, from bar snacks to church lunches and wedding receptions.

We document a week of foraging in the city in 2008 in a diary that doubles an survival manual for hungry urbanites. Part food review, part entertainment guide, part socio-political analysis – the diary takes into account the multiple challenges and rewards of urban foraging – from transport and other logistics such as ease of access, to the quality of the grub.

* The act of looking or searching for food or provisions

One Response to “Urban Foraging”
  1. Tom 2 July 2011 at 6:49 pm #

    Great idea. There is a man, obviously neither student nor staff, who is doing that at Wits University. He is eating and drinking at all events that are organised on campus, at least for the past 5 years.

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