City of Bath Wins British Food Fortnight 2016 Competition
Huge congratulations to the 2016 British Food Fortnight competition winner, the City of Bath.
The British Food Fortnight competition, in association with the Telegraph and sponsored by the Co-op acknowledged the most imaginative and inclusive celebrations of British Food across the nation. The city of Bath was named the unanimous winner, voted by the judges Raymond Blanc, Love British Food Ambassador; the Secretary of State for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs; Breige Donaghy, Co-op Director; and Alexia Robinson, Founder of Love British Food.
Organised by the Bath & NE Somerset Local Food Partnership, the Ciry of Bath layed on a large programme of food festivals, cooking courses and a local produce breakfast for schools as ell as including more than 30 local businesses in it’s British food celebrations.
In a close second was the town of Emsworth, Hampshire. A previous winner, Emsworth, expanded their celebrations even further this year and are upheld by the judges as a benchmark for other communities to follow.
Third place went to Bentley Primary School in Farnham for their highly successful and imaginative Food & Farming Day organised by Hampshire Fare.
The diversity of entries in this year’s competition demonstrates the depth and breadth of support for British Food Fortnight in communities and organisations across the country. Community lunches, school food programmes, hospital menus, activities in care homes and food festivals in city centres; young and old, small and large communities, volunteers and commercial organisations – all embraced the national food celebrations with vibrancy.
Raymond Blanc, who has been the lead judge of the competition since its inception, said: “The entries are amazing and reading each story makes me very proud to be involved in British Food Fortnight. Each entry shows the same objective – to share what we have around us with others and celebrate food. To me all the entries are very much winners.”
The newly crowned winners will be treated to a behind-the-scenes tour of the Michelin Starred Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons gardens plus £250 in Co-op vouchers and a case of Co-op award winning ‘Les Pionniers’ champagne. Their activities will be promoted widely in order to inspire other communities to get involved next year.
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