This year British Food Fortnight reverts to its roots and invites everyone to celebrate the harvest through the many activities that take place across the country during the national food promotion. When the event was first held in 2002 it was conceived as a modern day Harvest Festival with the aim of reinvigorating this national celebration that was declining alongside lessening church congregations. British Food Fortnight was started, would you believe, with the support of ten vicars who helped to organise activities in communities across Britain under the umbrella of the new national food promotion - from those small beginnings it has grown into the huge event it is today!
But you don't have to go to Church to celebrate the Harvest! You can do so at home, in your garden, in the restaurant at your place of work, in your local pub, on the streets with community celebrations, out shopping, in your children's school or online. And this year we want to show you how.
Full details of this year's event will be published in the spring but here is a brief taster…
Schools will have the opportunity to enter our Harvest Festival lottery-based competition with opportunities for more winners than in any of our previous competitions. All ages will have the chance to take part.
Pubs and restaurants - from the small to the very big food service outlets - will be invited to offer special Harvest Festival celebratory menus.
Shops - from independent butchers to major supermarkets - will be invited to highlight the Harvest instore and run special food promotions and offers to get their customers involved.
All the wonderful community-based organisations that take part every year - from Children's Centres to Care Homes for the elderly - are already making plans to join the celebration.
And then there is you…we will be providing you with lots of ideas for taking part as the event approaches but for starters here are 14 things you can do - one for each day of the Fortnight - to join in the fun and bring the Harvest alive in your home.
Look out for the brand new section of our website dedicated to the history of harvest festival and how to celebrate it. This will be live in the Spring.
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