Date: 
Friday, May 21, 2010 - 11:57

Today Big Lunch participants from across the country joined world-famous 3D artist Kurt Wenner and stepped into his latest creation to launch this year’s event in a stunning fashion.

The Big Lunch is an annual event which encourages people to sit down with their neighbours for lunch on one day of the year, in a simple act of friendship and community. Those interested in participating on Sunday July 18th 2010 are encouraged to go to www.TheBigLunch.com for further information.

Last year the best part of a million people took part and today some joined Kurt at Aberdeen Road, Islington, London, to get preparations for this year’s Big Lunch off the ground in spectacular style

The five-by-five metre 3D masterpiece took a total of four hours to create and saw giant sandwiches, fruit, cakes, burgers, buns and cups of tea breaking free from a Big Lunch table and “floating up” into the hands of the surrounding Big Lunchers.

Kurt Wenner said: “The scene I have created is vibrant, colourful and joyous, born from people of all walks of life coming together and enjoying the unique community and friendship feel of many Big Lunch events.”

Simon Kenton from Oxford, who participated in The Big Lunch in 2009 said: “When I heard about the Big Lunch last year I thought this was a great campaign for my community to be involved with. At the event there was a real buzz as our village united. This year we’re aiming to increase the great community spirit created - this is only the beginning! It’s great to meet some fellow Big Lunchers today and hear how their communities have been affected also by this simple act of togetherness.”

The Big Lunch 2010 is only eight weeks away, and today those who love to lunch, and are planning a street party, are reminded of the imminent deadline for applying to their local Council to close their road. Now is also the time for those lunchers opting for a BBQ in the back garden or a picnic in park instead, to start gathering neighbours together to plan for the biggest Big Lunch yet.

The Big Lunch is led by the Eden Project with the support of a family of partners - The Big Lottery Fund, MasterCard, EDF Energy and the Communities and Local Government.

Eden Project and Big Lunch co-founder, Tim Smit, said: “We believe it’s important to see neighbours and communities come together to break down barriers and build bridges with each other. It’s time we realise that our streets are more than just pavements but solid foundations for our future happiness. Holding a Big Lunch is the perfect opportunity to take the first step towards this.”

Peter Wanless, Chief Executive of The Big Lottery Fund said: “BIG are delighted to be funding The Big lunch, we feel that through encouraging people to eat and socialise together we can help create a stronger society where more people feel part of their local community. By engaging and connecting with each other, communities will become more resilient, resourceful and enterprising, and better equipped to organise themselves to meet their needs”

Ben Rhodes, VP, Head of Brand and Sponsorship Marketing for MasterCard UK & Ireland said: "MasterCard is proud to be supporting The Big Lunch for the second year running. Last year, our research into what matters to the people of Britain highlighted a real desire to reconnect with those that live closest to us: our neighbours. We believe The Big Lunch is the starting point for a return to community values and shared action. By supporting The Big Lunch, we're celebrating a simple act of community and helping to create thousands of priceless moments across the UK."

Martin Stead, Head of Brand, EDF Energy said: “EDF Energy is proud to support The Big Lunch as part of our Team Green Britain summer of events aimed at enabling at greener, healthier, cheaper and more local living. As Britain’s largest producer of low-carbon electricity, we will be encouraging the nation to hold a Big Lunch of their own and take a low-carbon approach to cooking tasty and locally-sourced food.

“Sunday 18th July represents a fantastic opportunity for people across the country to come together and celebrate their efforts with friends, family and neighbours. This also makes it a fitting finale to this year’s Team Green Britain summer campaign.”

For a whole menu of ideas on how you can run your own Big Lunch, find out if a Big Lunch already taking place in your area or to register your own, visit www.thebiglunch.com. You can also follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/thebiglunch) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/thebiglunch) for top tips and information in the run up to the day.