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A guide to Warwick’s food and drink societies

At Warwick, there are so many societies you can join to cater to a variety of interests. Whether you’re a new student or returning for another year on campus, chances are – if you can think it, you can do it. One of the highlights of Warwick’s social scene is its abundance of societies based around food and drink.

Joining a food and drink society is a great way to make new friends, meet people and learn more about the thing you’re interested in. The Boar reached out to Warwick’s food and drink societies and here’s what they had to say about why you should join them. 

Baking Society

BAKING NEWS! Warwick University officially has a brand-new Baking Society! Warwick BakeSoc offers the opportunity to meet new people and make friends for life, all while making delicious biscuits, brownies, and baked goods. Every two weeks, we get together and bake recipes like macarons, pineapple upside-down cake, and tiramisu, with gluten-free and vegan alternatives available.

We are open to both beginners and more experienced bakers and offer an inclusive safe space for everyone to escape the stress of deadlines. After a long stint of coursework, lectures, and seminars, baking with friends offers a chance to relax and have fun, even if you’ve never had the chance to do it before. We also run social events once a week, so don’t miss out on our circles, cake crawls, and of course our legendary bake-off competition at the end of every term.

Bubble Tea Society

Originally established by a group of domestic and international students interested in East Asian culture, the University of Warwick Bubble Tea Society or BobaSoc is an informal society that seeks to provide a cosy space for likeminded people to network and enjoy the iconic drink.

In addition to casual gatherings on campus, we seek to put on events such as DIY bubble tea workshops, café visits as well as other activities such as movie nights, plus more to come. There’s still a lot in the works, and the pandemic has made both sourcing materials and hosting events difficult. However, we remain hopeful for our first year as a society.

Cheese and Chocolate Society

We are the Cheese and Chocolate Society, so if you like eating all different types of cheese and/or chocolate, this is the society for you! Whether you like classic Cadbury’s and cheddar or have a more exquisite pallet, we cater for all.

This year we’ve got tasting sessions, movie nights, trips to restaurants, baking sessions, cheese and wine night and a trip to Cadbury’s World planned. So, if you want to meet new people while eating the best two foods on the planet, come along to our events!

Food Intercept

At Food Intercept, we believe in caring for people and the planet. As a social enterprise under the umbrella of Enactus Warwick, our mission is to fight food waste while simultaneously supporting the empowerment of minority women in Coventry.

Our operations consist of three main steps. First, we source and save food that would otherwise be wasted. Second, we deliver this food to our partner, Mum’s Kitchen, who turn our ingredients into delicious and authentic Indian meals. Third, we pick up the prepared meals and sell them outside the Chaplaincy on campus through our stalls every Monday.

In the last academic year, we saved more than 115 boxes of food going to waste, and our plan this year is to make it even bigger. Come and join us to be part of tackling the food waste problem, all while getting to enjoy sustainably sourced, affordable and healthy vegetarian food.

Gin Society

Gin Society it the place for anyone who loves gin! Yet, we’re less about just drinking gin and more about appreciating it and knowing the things you can do with it. Over quarantine, we ran tutorials every Monday on how to make different recipes with gins.

Gin Society is a new society this year. We’re focused on having fun. We have a lot of ideas. We’re hoping to do bar crawls, getting to know gin, as well as other people. We hope to be a really social society, somewhere for people to make friends. At the moment, we’re focused on social media and our online presence.

Good Food Society

Here at the Good Food Society, we welcome those who share our love of food. We run cooking sessions whether you are a beginner or advanced chef, and we also go out to local restaurants in search of new and favourite foods. We are adapting to COVID-19 by running virtual cooking sessions and providing ingredients beforehand.

During Freshers Week, we are running a socially distanced picnic in collaboration with Cheese and Chocolate Society. We are hoping to be able to do more restaurant visits in Term Two. To get updates, follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

Real Ale Society

Warwick University Real Ale Society aims to be a welcoming environment for anyone who enjoys drinking good beer and cider, is interested in how it’s made or just wants to meet people in a sociable environment.

The highlight of our year is the Real Ale Festival, currently in its 42nd year, which is the largest student-run beer festival in the country. Anyone can help out, no matter their experience, and we’re hoping to run it again in 2021. If you’ve ever wanted to try new and exciting beer, cider and much more – now’s the perfect chance! 

Vegan and Vegetarian Society

At VegSoc, we look to bring together people of all views to have fun at socials, cooking classes and eat-outs! If you are interested in Vegetarianism or Veganism, come along to one of our socials! We have a weekly newsletter which you can sign up to and allows you to keep up to date with all of our events.

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