Wanted: People with Passion to celebrate British!
THE COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED AND JUDGING HAS TAKEN PLACE.
WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON THE 15TH NOVEMBER 2015 IN TELEGRAPH LIVING.
This year Love British Food and Telegraph Living are again searching for people with a passion to be crowned our 2015 Harvest Heroes. Harvest is the traditional time of year for celebrating our food, so if you have a love for local produce, what better opportunity to share your enthusiasm with your community than by organising your very own celebration of British food?
Besides the prestige and excitement of being crowned a Harvest Hero and featured in the Telegraph, the winners will also be presented with the Telegraph and Love British Food 2015 trophy to keep forever.
In addition, they will be special guests on an exclusive, behind the scenes tour of the gardens at Raymond Blanc’s famed Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons. A group of up to ten winners will be special guests for the morning. They will explore the vegetable and herb gardens, the mushroom valley, and the Heritage garden, all followed by a delicious breakfast in Raymond Blanc's acclaimed hotel. What better incentive to get growing, cooking and organising now!?
What makes a winning event?
British celebrations should take place during or near to British Food Fortnight (September 19th - October 4th 2015). Celebrations may
take place anywhere: in neighbourhoods; in the beer garden of the local pub; in the village community hall or in a town square; on a group of allotments;
sports clubs; in your children’s school; in church; or in your place of work.
We would like to see entries from as many diverse locations as possible and involving as many different parts of the community as possible: from a small village communities deep in the countryside to an inner city social clubs.
Celebrate what your region and its people do best and as well as national British produce, be sure to include any produce that is grown in your area. It could include an apple festival, featuring ciders or real ales made from local hops and barley or a celebration of local bread-making or cake-baking; cheeses and local meat pies; vegetables grown by young and old.
Why not share what you are up to on Twitter and Facebook? We would love to see your pictures of a bounty of food, grown in British soil by local farmers and gardeners, and of music, dancing, fancy dress and street parades!
Entries will be judged on the extent to which they:
- Strengthen the local community - bringing people of all ages together.
- Educate people about British food and eating local.
- Support the economy - the event must encourage people to visit and buy from British producers and retailers.
- Establish the tradition of celebrating the harvest in their local community.
How to enter?
It’s very simple! Once your event has taken place, write a 500 word description of your British celebration - be sure to tell us about any new elements for this year, including at least two quotes from people attending the events and up to three clear photographs.
You can complete the online entry form on the Telegraph website, or email your entry to email@example.com. If you want to post your entry, drop us an email to arrange things.
The competition is open to any group, formal or informal, whose organisers are over the age of 18. The closing date for entries is midday on Friday, October 16 2015. Please visit the Telegraph website for further Terms and Conditions.
This year we are honoured to have as judges: chef, Raymond Blanc; creator of the children’s educational app Henri Le Worm, Olivier Blanc; horticulturist, Chris Collins; and founder of Love British Food, Alexia Robinson.
2014 winners, Emsworth Food Fortnight, are presented with their prize by the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
What the judges say....
“I am thrilled to once again be involved with the Telegraph and Love British Food as a judge. It is wonderful that more and more, people are realising the importance of supporting our local farmers, local producers and local food and this is a fantastic way to encourage others to engage with their community. I was so impressed with last year’s entries and hope that these will be surpassed this year - I look forward very much to judging and welcoming the winners to Le Manoir where I will share with them my orchards, polytunnels and organic vegetable garden, before enjoying a lovely breakfast.” Raymond Blanc
“I really enjoyed judging the entries for the competition last year and hope that even more of you will be inspired to take part this time. If you, like me, have a special love of gardening and food, then it is important that you get out there and share it with as many people as possible. If we all work together we can make a big difference in our communities.” Chris Collins
“I am honoured to be involved in this wonderful campaign and proud to have been asked to be a judge. We created Henri le Worm to remind children where food comes from and the vital role that nature plays in its production. Bring Home the Harvest is a great way to highlight the importance of growing your own produce and supporting your local community wherever possible. Encouraging people to get back outside exploring, gardening and using their imagination and to want to start making that link between plot and pot.” Oli Blanc
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