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In the period from 15th May to 20th May 2022 started the first learning, teaching and training activity of the Zero Waste Catering Lab Project.
The Belgium partner, Syntra West welcomes students and teachers from Centar za odgoj i obrazovanje Slave Raškaj Zagreb and Srednja šola za gostinstvo in turizem Celje.
The group will learn about Zero Waste in Belgium by workshops, a local farmer tour, visits to restaurants and local initiatives.
On 17th May 2022
Local farmers bike tour

Today we enjoyed the good weather during the local farmers bike tour from Week van de Korte Keten. The students visited De Broodsmid - Stefan Vandaele, Zuivelhoeve "De Potterie", Para Ti food store and the Compost corner Sincfalpark.
During the visits they learned about how to reduce and re-use in a bakery, how to build a local farmers network, an innovative shopping concept and how to make compost without re-usable products.
We took the train to Poperinge, a small town in the southeast of Belgium, two hours away, where we met the successful and highly recognized and respected Bart Mostaert in the local environment.

He first introduced us to the Koket initiative (korte keten means short chain in Dutch). In this project, he and his colleagues connect local entrepreneurs, not just food producers.  The website has so far connected around 25 local providers to the network, offering a total of around 400 different products.  Users order products online, and each provider prepares goods for customers, who come to this store on Thursdays at a certain time to pick them up.  The advantage is that providers know exactly how much to prepare, fruits and vegetables, as well as milk, meat and eggs are delivered fresh to customers in the shortest possible way, so there is virtually no waste.  With the help of the digital environment, they make it easier for customers to order, for providers to do business, while ensuring high quality products and connecting the local population to the community.

Bart Mostaert also owns the Goeste ijs-en eethuis ice cream parlor and restaurant.  Here, too, similar sustainability principles are followed, ingredients are purchased from surrounding farmers, and everything is local, organic and home-grown.  His L’heritage ice cream is known far and wide.  It has different flavors, and certainly the most unusual is the taste of beer.

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On day 4 of our LTT mobility in Bruges we had a guided tour of the beautiful medieval town of Bruges, which probably got its name from the many bridges on the canals around the medieval center.  Channels connect it to the nearby North Sea, and ships and valuables, including wool and diamonds, have been transported to the city.  We heard a lot of interesting stories.  We also tasted pralines in the most famous chocolate factory in the city.  Can you imagine the taste of the finest Belgian praline with a taste of bacon?
We also visited the only Zero Waste store in Bruges, where customers bring their own packaging to buy, and the products are exclusively from the local environment and organically grown.
In the evening we will have a typical Belgian dinner together in the famous restaurant with its own brewery De haalve Maan.
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On 20th May. 2022. the last LTT workshop in Brugges  was held. Students from the Education center Slava Raškaj and Secondary vocational school Celje have visted  the Biovita-Sint-Andries shop where they, under the guidance of Sam Serveert, picked up groceries that were nearing their expiration date. They were tasked with turning them into a meal instead of it becoming waste.
They made a tasty, economical and healthy lunch consisting of a starter, main course and a dessert. The students showed great enthusiasm and displayed their cooking skills. After lunch an evaluation was carried out, which concluded the LTT in Brugges.


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