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14 Things You Can Do During British Food Fortnight

14 Things You Can Do During British Food Fortnight


It’s easy for anyone to take part in British Food Fortnight, whether in your community, online, or simply your own home. Even the smallest thing makes a big difference. Here are some ideas:

1. When you are shopping make a special effort to seek out British food. Pause when you select your food from the supermarket aisle. Look at the label. Does it tell you where the food has come from? Does it provide a description of who produced it? And if it is imported, is there a British equivalent in-season? 

When looking to purchase products, keep an eye out for marks such as the Red Tractor logo

Visit our logos and marks page for further information on certification.          

2. Enter a competition. Keep an eye on the Love British Food Facebook feed for some fantastic chances to win and encourage everyone who is organising a British Food Fortnight activity to enter our competition. Run in conjunction with the Telegraph, our annual search is for communities who are entering into the harvest spirit.

3. Shop in local butchers, greengrocers, farm shops and markets that source locally and will be able to tell you a little about the person who produced the food you are purchasing.

4. Join in online by telling us about your favourite British Food on Facebook and Twitter and tagging #LoveBritishFood.

5. Seek out food in season – look for, for example, the English plum, marrow and squashes, which are in-season during British Food Fortnight. For more information about seasonal eating, see our What’s in Season  page.

6. When next in the pub, team up a local beer with a local speciality for an authentic experience that reflects the character of the area where you live. Ask the pub staff to point you to local food on their menu and uncover a world of good pub grub.

7. Think beyond the chicken nugget when planning a family meal out. If there is not a good children’s menu ask for children-sized portions of the main menu.

8. Explore food from different regions of Britain as a fun way of experiencing our culture and heritage. Organisations like the National Trust make a special point of serving quality regionally distinct produce from local producers and find a B&B that sources local food. See our What’s Happening  pages to find out foodie events worth visiting in different areas during British Food Fortnight.

9. Ask the caterers who provide the food for your staff or school restaurant if they will consider serving distinctly-British produce. This could take the form of a special seasonal section on the menu. More and more caterers are finding that if they form long-term relationships with suppliers and perhaps encourage small producers to form co-operatives it is possible to serve quality food in a mass catering environment.

10. Encourage teachers in your children’s school to run food-related activities during the Fortnight. There are a myriad of resources available for teachers, and many of them are listed in our Teacher Zone.

11. Cook a British meal for friends and family. Nothing beats the old favourites like Cottage Pie or Apple Crumble, and then sharing them with your loved ones. Consider inviting friends round for a British Food Fortnight feast or make a special effort to get the family sitting around the table.

12. Pick your own. What is better or healthier than being able to enjoy fresh fruit selected and picked by yourself? Rummage in the hedgerows for blackberries or visit a fruit and vegetable farm and then get pickling, jamming and freezing.

13. Grow your own. Eating food you have grown yourself - even if it is just a lettuce! - is immensely satisfying. Potatoes, herbs and carrots are easy to grow and you do not need much space to do so. Some can even be grown in hanging baskets and on windowsills!

14. Attend your local Harvest Festival. British Food Fortnight takes place at the time of Harvest Festival and do not need to be a regular church-goer, or have a particular faith, to take part in the celebration. Check out www.aharvestnearyou.com to find your local harvest service.