In Britain, a food movement is brewing, one in which people are not only sharing food with their friends and neighbors, but they’re sharing food with members of their communities who they don’t know. The Telegraph reports that this type of food event is being called a food rave.


People are using social networks like Facebook and Twitter to organize food events and invite others in their food communities to join. It seems like a super-hip potluck to me. Someone tweets that they’re going to make a dish and lets others know where they can come to share it. Others make their own dishes. Everyone meets and shares a meal. The meetings can be in someone’s home or in an open-air setting.

I saw something like this a few months ago with some of the people in my local food-circle on Twitter. Someone tweeted there should be a cupcake exchange. She picked a time and a park to meet in. Others joined in. They met in the park on a Saturday and enjoyed each other’s company and lots of cupcakes. Photos were taken and shared (of course). I think I need to tweet the organizer and tell her she might have unknowingly started a movement called a “cupcake rave.”

I love this idea of a food event that is planned on the fly, open to all who want to participate, and bringing together people in the community who might not come together any other way.

It’s predicted that these food raves are going to become part of everyday culture. Sounds good to me. Anything that helps keep down the cost of good food, brings people together to share a meal, and fosters a sense of community in a face-to-face setting (as opposed to an online setting) should become part of our everyday culture. 

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

What's a food rave?
A new movement is countering the rising cost of food with food events organized online and shared face-to-face.