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2016 - A Very British Year Ahead

2016 - A Very British Year Ahead

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Co-op is the Official Sponsor of Love British Food and British Food Fortnight 2016.

2016 is set to be a landmark year for patriotism, so what better time to capture the national mood by getting behind our local producers and celebrating British food?  

British fever will be running high; The Queens 90th Birthday celebrations in June will see one of the largest ever UK street parties taking place in the Mall, and in August the Olympics will take over as we all get behind Team GB in their quest for gold in Rio. 

We are inviting schools to commemorate Her Majesty’s 90th Birthday by making a Cake for the Queen and the best will win a trip to Buckingham Palace!

Not forgetting the innumerable national and local events that are an annual, intrinsic part of our traditional British calendar.  From village cricket teas, to strawberries for Wimbledon, we have so many opportunities to come together and to source, celebrate and be proud of our great British produce.

Photo: Simon May

Below are ten things you can do to celebrate British this year, a list of patriotic dates for your diary which are the perfect excuse for a British celebration, some examples of what happened in 2012, when everyone celebrated the Queens Diamond Jubilee and London hosted the Olympic games and finally some suggestions for ways in which different sectors can take part.

Let’s make 2016 another bumper year for British food – what will YOU do?



Useful Links and Ideas

Follow the links below for inspiration and information to help get your celebrations off the ground:

Patriotic dates for the diary  

Cake for The Queen Competition

How our Committee organisations are taking part     

10 things you can do to celebrate British during 2016                       

Inspiration from 2012

How schools can take part

How pubs, restaurants and hotels can take part

How caterers and food service organisations can take part

How producers can take part

How retailers can take part




Co-op is the Official Sponsor of Love British Food and British Food Fortnight 2016.