Join us for a very special three-course banquet at the Michelin-recommended Blackfriars Restaurant on Friday 13th October 2017 at 12.30pm, in support of Fareshare North East.

An absolute must for fans of fine food, the annual Blackfriars Charity Banquet is dining with a difference.

Hosted by the renowned Blackfriars Restaurant, and held in their breath-taking medieval banqueting hall, this charity lunch supports two local organisations making a big difference to the lives of vulnerable people in the community.

Creatively crafted from in-date surplus food collected by Fareshare North East, this three-course feast is prepared to Blackfriars’ exacting standards by trainees from Changing Lives.

Expect exciting cuisine and spectacular surroundings; all whilst helping combat hunger, food poverty and food waste in the North East.

Tickets – only £25 per head. Book now to avoid disappointment.

How to book

Secure your place now by paying by bank transfer. Simply pay £25 per ticket required into the following account, using the reference ‘Fareshare’ followed by your surname. Then email us at and we’ll confirm that you’ve been added to our guest list.

  • Sort code: 20-59-97
  • Account number: 43555275

Alternatively, call Changing Lives on 0191 273 8891 to secure your place.

We can accept payment by bank transfer, cheque or cash.

Due to the popularity of this event, we aren’t able to reserve places without payment.

Blackfriars Banquet Hall (low res)

Tastes good, does good

Every forkful of this delicious three-course lunch puts food on the table of local community groups, by raising money for Fareshare North East, the regional branch of the national food redistribution charity, Fareshare.

Food banks have become a sign of the times in this age of austerity, highlighting the impact of cuts on our community, as increasing numbers struggle to feed themselves and their families.

Fareshare North East collects high-quality in-date surplus food from supermarkets and suppliers in the region, and redistributes it to community groups, helping them provide hearty meals to breakfast clubs, older peoples lunch groups and more.

The charity banquet highlights the work of the social enterprise by creating a feast from the very food that they redistribute to 10,000 people per week.

 Second helpings, second chances

Making lunch doubly delicious is that fact that the people preparing the meal are special trainees from Changing Lives, supported by the professional chefs in the prestigious Blackfriars kitchens.

Changing Lives is a national charity based in the North East, which supports people courageously facing challenges such as homelessness, domestic violence, sexual exploitation and life-threatening addictions.

Changing Lives gives people opportunities to change their lives for the better and escape the circumstances that have held them back from their full potential.

Opportunities like this one – working alongside professional chefs to cater for high-profile guests and VIPs – provides a vital boost of confidence to people working to build a better future.

 Supporting your local community

Join us for our banquet and you’ll be supporting community groups like Choysez, Northumberland, who are catering for increased food poverty in their local area.

‘The majority of our young people are from tough backgrounds. Our families were having to make difficult decisions between feeding their families and paying their bills. Food poverty was not something we used to have to consider a few years ago. But now we are providing up to three meals a day for our young people. They already suffer disadvantages like being in care or witnessing abuse. Giving them with the fuel they need to learn, grow and achieve is the least they deserve.’

Choysez are just one of 120 customers of Fareshare North East, catering for their community’s needs one meal at a time.

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