Email update: How you can join in the national food celebration!
BRITISH FOOD FORTNIGHT 2015
How you can join in the national food celebration!
The first week of British Food Fortnight 2015 got off to a flying start and there are plenty of ways that you can be involved. Hundreds of organisations, businesses and communities are taking part. Here are some of the hi lights so far, with suggestions for how you can join in:
WEEK ONE – A FLYING START!
- 70 top chefs and restauranteurs, including Phil Howard, Rob Weston, Damian Clisby and Josh Eggleton entered into the British Food Fortnight spirit, gathering to cook and share an all-British celebratory lunch.
- Encouraged by Cucina Restaurants, children from 47 schools designed school menus using British and local ingredients.
- Patriotic activities took place at markets across the UK, including Melton Mowbray, famous for it’s pork pies and Stilton cheese. They hoisted the bunting at the weekly market and are due for more celebrations at the town’s Food Festival next weekend.
- Food festivals commenced in high spirits with the Highland Craft Beer and Cider Festival in Covent Garden and took place UK-wide, from York in the North, to Faversham in the South.
- A demonstration “field”, complete with scarecrow, surprised residents of Emsworth on Saturday morning. It was built by Emsworth Business Association, last year’s Harvest Heroes, in the town’s square.
- The Harvest Torch made it’s way from Birmingham Cathedral to it’s new home in Canterbury, where it will take pride of place at the special Harvest Service at Canterbury Cathedral on the 4th October.
- In Portsmouth, students at Highbury College cooked for guests of the nearby Brookfield Hotel, whilst Pupils at Fulham Boys School in London prepare to share lunch with 70 homeless guests later next week.
- Hospital patients at the Royal Brompton Hospital were treated to a truly British menu and residents of Hallmark Care Homes harvested home-grown produce and enjoyed making and tasting British pies and pastries.
ACTION YOU CAN TAKE NOW.
- Visit our What’s Happening pages to discover all the foodie events taking place in your area during British Food Fortnight.
- Nominate your local food champions as Harvest Heroes. Love British Food and the Telegraph, along with judges including Raymond Blanc and the Secretary of State, are looking for initiatives that bring communities together to celebrate food and the Harvest. Find out about the competition.
- Be social and use the hashtag #LoveBritishFood and @LoveBritishFood to join in and be in with a chance of winning a Fortnum & Mason Mayfair Hamper.
- Watch and share our short film to hear why chef Raymond Blanc, TV gardener Chris Collins and Oli Blanc think that now is more important than ever to get involved in growing, cooking and celebrating British produce.
BUY BRITISH…SIMPLE AS THAT!
Check our website for a full list of 14 things you can do during British Food Fortnight. Here are some simple ideas for starters:
- When out shopping, take a little extra time to look for the label that tells you where the food has come from. Visit our logos and marks page to help decode the information on food packaging.
- Seek out food in season – seek out, for example, plums, marrows and squashes, all in-season during British Food Fortnight. For more information about seasonal eating, see our What’s in Season During British Food Fortnight page and download our What’s in Season chart.
- When you are eating out, make a special effort to seek out British food on the menu. Team up a local beer with a local speciality for an authentic experience that reflects the character of the area where you live. Ask the pub staff to point you to local food on their menu. See our guide to British drinks.
- Cook a British meal for friends and family. Nothing beats sharing old favourites such as Cottage Pie or Apple Crumble with your loved ones. Consider inviting friends round for a British Food Fortnight feast or, simply, make a special effort to get the whole family sitting around the table and enjoying British food. Browse our recipe ideas.
- Encourage your children’s school to teach pupils about the food grown on their doorstep. View our resources for teachers and parents.
WHERE CAN WE FIND OUT MORE?
ABOUT BRITISH FOOD FORTNIGHT
British Food Fortnight is the annual celebration of the diverse and delicious food that Britain produces. It was founded in 2002 response to the foot and mouth crisis in order to encourage the public to support British farmers and food producers. Hundreds of shops, pubs, and restaurants take part every year with special menus and promotions. The event is also an established date on the school calendar, with many schools using it as an opportunity to teach children about food. It is organised by Love British Food, a small independent organisation that educates consumers, retailers and caterers about the benefits of buying British.
British Food Fortnight is organised by Love British Food and is sponsored by a large family of organisations led by the National Farmers Union, British Corner Shop, Centreplate, Harrison Catering Serviced Ltd, Hallmark Care Homes, Cucina Restaurants and Whiting and Hammond.
Latest Press Releases
- Press Release: Calling Local Communities
- Press Release: Food Service Sector invited to make British the first supplier of choice for British Food Fortnight
- Press Release: Thame Food Festival is supporting even more local charities this year, including the local Foodbank – Sharing Life Trust