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Blog: Ginger and Spice Festival work with Love British Food Ambassador Oli Blanc

Ginger and Spice Festival host community Fringe Event at Longland’s School with Love British Food Ambassador, Olivier Blanc during British Food Fortnight 2018

Our 2017 British Food Fortnight Competition winner ‘The Ginger and Spice Festival’ put on a celebratory community event during their 2018 festival last year. They were joined by one of our Love British Food Ambassadors - Olivier Blanc.

The celebrations, which took place during British Food Fortnight 2018, were at the Zone and then Longland’s Primary School, Market Drayton. The event included a series of educational food demonstrations and workshops about the importance of fresh, seasonal and locally produced food followed by a celebratory community meal.

This community fringe event championed local producers such as the farm shop on the high street, ‘The Field’s Kitchen’, Morgan’s Country Butchers, Longslow Bakery, Flower and White and local gingerbread manufacturer, Original Biscuit Bakers. The event was also sponsored by Alliance in Partnership, the company who provide daily schools meals to Longlands Primary School and who are specialists in educational catering.

Olivier, who is the founder of the award winning educational food and nature app for children, ‘Henri Le Worm’ based on a character of his chef father, Raymond Blanc, OBE, used recipes inspired by the app which incorporated fresh, seasonal vegetables grown in the school’s community garden and seasonal produce, kindly donated by sponsor Alliance in Partnership.

The children had a chance to use the education and fun app ‘Henri Le Worm’ via the school ipads and learnt about where food comes from, why it’s good for them and how to cook it, explained via a series of animated insect characters. Local chefs James Sherwin, Chris Burt, Adam Purnell & from Jean Claude from Alliance in Partnership also took part on the day as well as other volunteers and school and Zone staff.

Together they created a rainbow salad; cabbage, broccoli, spring onion and cheese slaw; potato, parsley, thyme and free range egg salad; cucumber, apple and mint salad with tahini dressing; fresh peas with mint; and broccoli in chick pea batter served with pesto - this was served alongside beef burgers and sausages sourced locally and cooked on a kadai by expert BBQ chef the Shropshire Lad!

For pudding, chef Chris Burt, developed the Market Drayton Mess a take on Eton Mess with fresh, locally sourced fruit, local meringues and locally produced gingerbread!

Alliance in Partnership also brought along a smoothie bike which taught the children about fresh and seasonal fruits whilst having fun!

Afterwards, the children’s parents were invited to enjoy the fresh and tasty food prepared earlier in the day and everyone ate together at a community meal.

Zillah Cope, Head teacher said, ‘This was a fantastic opportunity for both children and adults alike. We, at Longlands, would like to thank everyone involved in creating such an experience, one that the children will always remember.

Commenting on their involvement, Sally Tyson, Director at Alliance in Partnership said:

As a leading provider of school meals, healthy and nutritious food is at the heart of our business. It was our pleasure to support the Ginger and Spice Festival in not only actively promoting seasonality and nutrition to the Fairfield’s community, but also being part of the bigger, national picture in supporting the overall celebration of British Food Fortnight.’

AIP were established in 1998 and provide 75,000 meals per day in 300 schools and colleges.

Alex Keen, year 5 – ‘’My favourite part was meeting Oli Blanc as he was really funny. I also enjoyed the experience of singing outside the library for our town on the Saturday.’’

River Almond, year 4 – ‘’I liked making the gingerbread! I had a great experience cooking with my chef, James.’’


Oli Blanc:- 

AIP Sponsors:-

Head Teacher Zillah Cope:- 

Chef, Adam Purnell:- 

Original Biscuit Bakers:-