Email Update: British Food Fortnight Highlights
The 14th British Food Fortnight, the annual national celebration of British Food, starts this Saturday with events and promotions taking place across the
UK. Here is our pick of the highlights to look forward to:
Raymond Blanc brings Gaelic passion to Britain’s national food celebration
Chef Raymond Blanc OBE and Love British Food Ambassadors, Oli Blanc and TV gardener Chris Collins, are leading the campaign to encourage Brits to discover the diverse and delicious range of food Britain produces and to seek out British food when they are shopping and eating out. Watch our short video to hear what they say.
HRH The Duchess of Cornwall supports Harvest legacy
The National Harvest Service, first held in Westminster Abbey two years ago, is now firmly established on the national calendar and this year Canterbury, Lincoln and Ripon Cathedrals carry the mantle. The Harvest Torch, which is travelling round the country with the national harvest celebrations, will journey from Birmingham to Canterbury where it will take pride of place for the year. Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall is sending messages of support to those taking part and, from the smallest hamlet to the largest cities, over 400 Harvest celebrations are planned. Find out more.
Love British Food searches for Harvest Heroes, in association with the Telegraph
In the third year of this popular competition, hundreds of events are being planned as communities and individuals compete to be crowned Harvest Heroes 2015. Judges are looking for initiatives that bring communities together to re-establish the age-old tradition of celebrating the Harvest. Find out about the competition.
Secretary of State leads judging panel
Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss is leading the Harvest Heroes judging panel and said “British Food Fortnight is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the diversity, quality and tradition of our great food and drink across the country.” Read full quote.
Last years’ Harvest Heroes go from strength to strength
2014’s Harvest Heroes, the small town of Emsworth on the south coast, are pulling out the stops and providing inspiration to new entrants. This years’ Emsworth Food Fortnight includes a community apple pressing day, a local showcase market, a food mountain in aid of the local food bank and a special surprise in the town square! See what Emsworth did.
Girl power is out in force
Led by Minette Batters, Deputy President of the NFU, and Love British Food Ambassadors Milly Fyfe, farmer, and Jenny Dawson, Rubies in the Rubble, British Food Fortnight is leading the way with support from women in food and farming. The National Federation of Women’s Institutes is encouraging its 7,000 branches to celebrate local food in it’s special Centenary year. Minette Batters said: “The NFU is proud to be a supporter of British Food Fortnight. It acts as a great focus point where people can talk about the importance of British food to the nation and celebrate the diverse range of British produce on offer at this time of year.” Read full quote.
Markets are raising the bunting
Markets from Scotland to Cornwall are flying the flag. The National Association of British Market Authorities (NABMA) joins Country Markets in supporting the Fortnight, with all 230 NABMA markets being encouraged to run British Food Fortnight initiatives in their communities.
Butchers lead promotions
The Guild of Q Butchers is advising its 107 members to run promotions during British Food Fortnight and with an independent butcher in most towns there is no excuse for customers not to put British meat on the table this Autumn.
Delicious days out
Food festivals are being organised in every county for British Food Fortnight and the national campaign is inspiring new events including the Guernsey Food Festivalwhere activities include a gourmet bus tour of Guernsey’s finest producers.
The National Trust is planning food themed events including scone baking, apple and pear harvesting, and traditional recipe testing at 27 of their properties - look out for their special British themed menus when you visit! Check our What’s Happening Map for hundreds of foodie events taking place nationally.
Age no limit
Love British Food Ambassadors, TV Gardener Chris Collins and Oli Blanc, have been running workshops in schools in the build up to the Fortnight teaching children about the delights of food grown on their doorstep and encouraging teachers to run food, cookery and growing activities for pupils during British Food Fortnight. For older citizens, care homes led by Hallmark are planning British activities like British lunches, teas and nostalgic harvest festivals.For example, Admiral Court Care Home in Essex has been nurturing vegetables which they will enjoy at a special harvest dinner. Visit Love British Food educational resources to download lots of school materials.
Transforming school meals
Building on the success of the event’s long-established ‘Putting the Ooo Back into Food’ campaign for schools, school caterers Cucina Restaurants and Harrison Catering Services are stepping up to the plate. Cucina is challenging students to design a British menu which will then be cooked in school during the fortnight, and Harrison’s 270 sites are being encouraged to provide British dishes made from ingredients such as kale, mackerel and blackberries. British Food Fortnight promotions have increased the uptake of school meals by 50% in participating schools in previous years. Visit Love British Food tips for food service organisations.
Top Chefs gather for ‘multi star’ industry lunch
A collection of Michelin starred chefs: Phil Howard from The Square, Rob Weston from La Trompette, Damian Clisby from Petersham Nurseries and Josh Eggleton from the Pony & Trap, are joining forces to create a special ‘multi star’ lunch using British Fare. In an unprecedented show of support from the top of the culinary world, each chef will be cooking a different course at the celebration which is being organised by London’s premier butcher, Peter Heanen of HG Walter Butchers.
Hospitals flying the flag
Patients at the Royal Brompton Hospital, London will be treated to locally and regionally sourced meals - now a regular occurrence due to its long running association with British Food Fortnight. Additionally, the Hospital Caterers Association is encouraging all of its 90 Members to follow Bromptons’ lead.
Love British Food, the definitive source of information on British food on social media
Thousands of people are now following Love British Food on Facebook and Twitter. Join them to win a Fortnum & Mason Mayfair Hamper during the Fortnight - always use the hashtag #LoveBritishFood. Find out how to win.
WHERE CAN WE FIND OUT MORE?
To read our latest press release with a full list of events taking place, plus supporting quotes from HRH The Duchess of Cornwall and Raymond Blanc OBE click here.
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