Introducing the 2015 Community Competition Winners!
A collaboration between local farmers, producers, artists, restauranteurs, allotmenteers and the local community in Peterborough are the winners of the Love British Food 2015 Harvest Heroes competition, run in conjunction with The Telegraph. The small coastal town of Emsworth, last year’s winner, came a very close second with another awe-inspiring effort that reached even further into the local community and beyond.
The competition, now in its third year, acknowledges the people who organise the most imaginative and inclusive celebrations of local food and the harvest. Entries were received from across the country and included outdoor Harvest services, apple days, community lunches, food festivals, activities in care homes and school enterprises. Other finalists that caught the judges eye included a collaboration between 36 schools and Whole Foods Market, a Hampshire village food celebration, a ‘town meal’ held in Middlesborough and Weston Super Food Festival in Somerset.
The winners were chosen by a panel of judges led by The Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; Raymond Blanc and his son Olivier. Together they were looking for events that strengthened the local community, educated people about British food and eating locally, and supported the economy.
Alexia Robinson, Founder of Love British Food said: "Three years ago we set out to inspire people to connect with the food in their local area. Now, in 2015 the competition has surpassed all expectations - we were thrilled with the response this year. Every entry is imaginative and inspiring and, most importantly, wide reaching with an educational message. Harvest Heroes is having a very real impact in communities. Long may it continue!”
Raymond Blanc said: “Once again, having to judge these awards has been a difficult task. The entries have been so strong – each one has had such a positive effect on those involved. What we are witnessing here is a revolution – not a French Revolution, but a very British one! We are reconnecting with food as part of our culture and our everyday life.”
Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss said: “From artisan producers to projects linking to our agricultural heritage and the Great British Menu, these awards capture the exciting innovation currently transforming our £100billion food and farming industry in the UK.
“Harvest Heroes celebrates all that is great about our fantastic food and drink - it comes as our farmers are enjoying their biggest grain harvest for 20 years and just two weeks after I brought together the nation’s greatest food pioneers to help lead the Year of British Food in 2016. This year’s entries were extremely impressive and I’d like to congratulate everyone who entered – each one of them is playing their part in making us a great food nation.”
The newly crowned Heroes will also be treated to a behind-the-scenes tour of the Michelin Starred Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons gardens, where a member of the expert team will reveal more about Raymond Blanc's new National Heritage Garden over a delicious breakfast.
Read theTelegraph article here.
To view a selection of the top photos, check out our Harvest Heroes Flickr Photostream
The Winner: Harvest Peterborough
Runner Up: Emsworth Food Fortnight
Read about it here