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British Food Fortnight Competition 2016

British Food Fortnight Competition 2016

Co-op is the Official Sponsor of Love British Food and British Food Fortnight 2016.

Are you a Champion at Celebrating British Food?

Raymond Blanc is leading the search for the best celebration of British food during British Food Fortnight

The search is on for the most imaginative and innovative celebration of British food during British Food Fortnight, which takes place from 17th September to 2nd October 2016. The judges, led by Raymond Blanc, The Secretary of State for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs, and Love British Food Sponsor Co-op Food, are looking for an event - large or small - that brings colour to the lives of those taking part and a love of the diverse and delicious food produced in this country. It could be an event for school children teaching them the delights of the food grown on their doorstep; a special British food event organised by a retailer or restauranteur for their community; a gathering for isolated members of the community who are brought together through the joy of enjoying delicious British feast; or even a whole town embracing British food culture.

The competition is open to celebrations of all sizes. Past participants include whole towns; Emsworth on the south coast created an entire fortnight of activity; Peterborough in the east a whole weekend. Weston Super Mare in the west and Middlesborough in the north have both taken part by organising their own food festivals. Smaller endeavours are very much encouraged too. Previous entries have included schools using discarded food to create feasts for homeless guests, an international exchange group swapping British recipes and crafts, and care homes that have planted, cared for and harvested produce with their residents.


We are encouraging everyone to celebrate British food in homes and in neighbourhoods across the land. Individuals, clubs and organisations can all get involved. We have so many opportunities to source, celebrate and be proud of our great British produce so let’s make 2016 another bumper year for British food”. Raymond Blanc OBE.

The competition has a special theme this year: rediscovering long-forgotten traditional recipes that were once unique to particular areas of Britain.

Inspiration on how you can incorporate traditional recipes into your celebration

A celebration during British Food Fortnight is a perfect opportunity to discover the traditional recipes unique to your region and to use them to involve different members of the community. It’s a great excuse to get all generations talking – older generations are likely to have memories of foods and ingredients seldom seen or prepared today – they may even have their own secret recipes, and younger generations will enjoy discovering, making and adapting these long lost or regional dishes. Staffordshire oat cakes, Bakewell Tart, Bath Buns, Bosworth Jumbles and Chorley Cakes are all examples of regional favourites, plus there are savouries like Norfolk Lamb Parcel, Arbroath Smokies and Yorkshire Solomon Gundy….

“British Food Fortnight is a brilliant opportunity to bring people together to celebrate fresh, seasonal, local produce, and for communities of any size to have a lot of fun. So prepare the table, community hall, village green or town centre, invite your guests, and eat, drink and discover our great British food!” Alexia Robinson, Founder, Love British Food.

The prize

The organisers of the best celebration, as chosen by the judges, will be presented with the Telegraph and Love British Food 2016 trophy, plus an invitation to a very special visit to Raymond Blanc’s hotel, Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in Oxfordshire, along with £250 in Co-op vouchers and a case of Co-op award winning 'Les Pionniers' champagne. Belmond Le Manoir holds Two Michelin Stars and is set within extensive gardens which include an organic vegetable plot, orchards, a mushroom ‘valley’ and herb gardens – an idyllic, typically English setting. The winners will learn how the food gets from plot to plate with a special behind-the-scenes tour of the gardens and a delicious breakfast (terms and conditions apply).

Judging criteria

Judges will be looking for celebrations which:

  • Strengthen the local community, bringing colour to the lives of those from different sectors of society.
  • Educate people, especially children, about British food, eating local and food provenance.
  • Support the economy, encouraging people to visit and buy from British producers and retailers offering British produce.
  • Use new and innovative ways of celebrating British Food. New initiatives or established initiatives with new features are particularly welcome.

How to enter

1. Hold your celebratory event during or around British Food Fortnight (September 17th - October 2nd 2016).

2. Enter by emailing details of your event to before midday on Monday, October 10th 2016. Entrants must describe their community initiative in no more than 500 words, stating what’s new if it is an established event, and including at least two quotes from people attending the event. Entries may be supported by up to three photographs.

Competition Terms and Conditions.


Check out some of our inspiring past entries - you don't have to be large to make a difference and get involved!

2015 Winners - Peterborough

2014 Winners - Emsworth

The Abbeyfield Society, Hertfordshire

Binsted Food Fortnight, Hampshire

Grow Your Own Volunteer Project, Preston

Nepali Elders Community Bake, Hampshire

Middlesborough Town Meal, North Yorkshire

School Food Matters Schools to Market Day, UK wide

RMBI Care Homes, UK wide

School Food Matters Young Marketeers, London



Co-op is the Official Sponsor of Love British Food and British Food Fortnight 2016.


    Competition Judges

    Co-op Food

    Co-op Food is delighted to be the official sponsor for Love British Food Fortnight. We...

    Andrea Leadsom

    Andrea Leadsom was born in Buckinghamshire and attended Tonbridge Girls Grammar School...

    Olivier Blanc

    Olivier was born into a food loving family. With the celebrated chef,...

    Alexia Robinson

    Alexia founded British Food Fortnight in 2002 in response to the Foot & Mouth crisis and t...

    Raymond Blanc OBE

    Born in Besançon, France, in 1949, Raymond Blanc OBE is acknowledged as one of the finest chef...