The aim of the Food Summit was to create opportunities to bring people interested and involved in food growing together, to share knowledge and discuss and shape the plans for Glasgow’s Food Strategy. It is also part of the Glasgow Food Policy Partnership's ambition for Glasgow to become a Sustainable Food City.

After a welcome from Abi Mordin (Chair of Glasgow Food Policy Partnership) and Cllr Bailie Elaine Ballantyne (Glasgow City Council)  Corinna Hawkes (Professor of Food Policy) answered the question “Why every city needs a food strategy?”. According to her, city food strategies are a cutting-edge approach of food policy providing a vast number of benefits, as for example health improvements, environmental protection and social cohesion. A successful city food strategy therefore needs to make a connection between different sectors, find ways to address problems in synergy and at source as well as provide opportunity for engagement with citizens.

At the end of the session Andrea Magarini Pellini (Co-ordinator of Milan Food Policy) outlined European dimensions, presented the approach and outcome of Milan’s Food Policy and shared lessons learned.

During parallel workshops, the summit’s attendees were able to focus on and discuss different areas of “Good Food”. The workshops covered the topics good food at home and reducing food insecurity, food economy, food community, good food for children and young people, food growing as well as food and environment.

All sessions were framed by input presentations and gave the attendees to opportunity to discuss and develop further long- and short-term ideas for a successful Food Strategy for Glasgow. Pete Ritchie (Executive Director Nourish Scotland) closed the Summit in the afternoon by reflecting on the presentations and workshops. He encouraged to see growing as part of what we do, to be bold and “think big” and outlined further steps towards good food plan for Glasgow.