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British Food Fortnight 2017 Competition

British Food Fortnight 2017 Competition



Are you a Champion at Celebrating British Food?

Raymond Blanc & Liz Earle are leading the search for the best celebration of British food during British Food Fortnight


Read more about the launch of the 2017 competition and an interview with Love British Food ambassador Liz Earle in the Telegraph.

We’re celebrating and everyone’s invited

The search is on for the most imaginative and innovative celebration of British food during British Food Fortnight, which takes place from 23rd September to 8th October 2017. The judges, led by Raymond Blanc, Liz Earle, Our Love British Food Sponsor Co-op Food and The Telegraph are looking for an event that brings colour to the lives of those taking part and a love of the diverse and delicious food produced in this country. It could be an event for school children teaching them the delights of the food grown on their doorstep; a special British food event organised by a retailer or restauranteur for their community; a gathering for isolated members of the community who are brought together through the joy of enjoying delicious British feast; or even a whole town embracing British food culture.

The competition is open to celebrations, large and small. Past participants include whole towns; Emsworth on the south coast created an entire fortnight of activity; Peterborough in the east a whole weekend. Weston Super Mare in the west and Middlesborough in the north have both taken part by organising their own food festivals. Smaller endeavours are very much encouraged too. Previous entries have included schools using discarded food to create feasts for homeless guests, an international exchange group swapping British recipes and crafts, and care homes that have planted, cared for and harvested produce with their residents.

We are encouraging everyone to celebrate British food in homes and in neighbourhoods across the land. Individuals, clubs and organisations can all get involved. We have so many opportunities to source, celebrate and be proud of our great British produce so let’s make 2017 another bumper year for British food”. Raymond Blanc OBE.

Alexia Robinson, Founder of Love British Food said: “British Food Fortnight is a brilliant opportunity to bring people together to celebrate fresh, seasonal, local produce, and for communities of any size to have a lot of fun. So prepare the table, community hall, village green or town centre, invite your guests, and eat, drink and discover our great British food!”

The prize

The organisers of the best celebration, as chosen by the judges, will be presented with the Telegraph and Love British Food 2017 trophy, plus an invitation to a very special visit to Raymond Blanc’s hotel, Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in Oxfordshire. Belmond Le Manoir holds Two Michelin Stars and is set within extensive gardens which include an organic vegetable plot, orchards, a mushroom ‘valley’ and herb gardens – an idyllic, typically English setting. The winners will learn how the food gets from plot to plate with a special behind-the-scenes tour of the gardens, with breakfast (terms and conditions apply). In addition winners will receive £250 vouchers from the Co-op plus a case of Co-op award winning ‘Les Pionners’ champagne.

Judging criteria

Judges will be looking for celebrations which:

  • Celebrate British food within their community: help people discover British products they have not been aware of before and promote local producers.
  • Strengthen the local community through the fun of celebrating food and bring colour to the lives of people from different sectors of society.
  • Support the economy, encouraging people to visit and buy from British producers and retailers.
  • Use new and innovative ways of celebrating British Food. New initiatives or established initiatives with new features will be particularly recognized.

The judges

Raymond Blanc OBE

Raymond Blanc is acknowledged as one of the finest chefs in the world. His exquisite cooking has been a major force in Britain’s food revolution over the last twenty years and his hotel and restaurant, Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons is the only hotel restaurant to have achieved and maintained two Michelin Star Status for over 30 years.

Liz Earlie, MBE

Lize Earle is known for her passion for beauty, natural health and wellbeing, as well as her considerable charity and campaign work. She is the bestselling author of over 30 books, an established TV presenter, an entrepreneur and a farmer. Liz lives with her husband and five children on her pasture-fed livestock farm in the West Country.

Alexia Robinson

Alexia founded British Food Fortnight in 2002 and it is now established annually as the biggest national celebration of British food and has proved to be an important influencer in engaging the retail, catering, education and volunteer sectors and in establishing a more robust market for Britain's food.

Co-op Food

Co-op Food is Official Sponsor of Love British Food 2016 and is a major supporter of British farming and home produced foods, trading with almost 2,000 UK farms and have over 500 suppliers from across the UK. The Co-op directly employs over 70,000 people and are owned by and answerable to 8 million UK shoppers.

How to enter

1. Hold your celebratory event during or around British Food Fortnight (September 23rd - October 8th 2017).

2. Enter by emailing details of your event to info@lovebritishfood.co.uk before midday on Monday, October 16th 2017. Entrants must: 1) Describe their main activity and use pictures where possible. 2) Decribe what difference your event has made to the community. The final shortlisted events will be asked for more information. Entries may be supported by three photographs.

 

 

 

T's & C's 

Telegraph and Love British Food Terms and Conditions

1. This competition is open to residents of the UK, except for employees of Telegraph Media Group Limited, their agents or anyone else professionally associated with the competition.

2. All information detailing how to enter this competition forms part of these terms and conditions. It is a condition of entry that all rules are accepted as final and that the competitor agrees to abide by these rules. Submission of an entry will be taken to mean acceptance of these terms and conditions.

3. To enter this competition, participants must send their entry by emailing info@lovebritishfood.co.uk. Entrants must 1) Describe their main activity and use pictures where possible, 2) Describe what difference your event has made to the community. The final shortlisted events will be asked for more information. Entries may be supported by up to three photographs.

4. All entries must be received by midday on Monday, October 16th, 2017.

5. All entries submitted must be the work of the individual submitting them and must not have been published elsewhere or have won a prize in any other competition. It is the responsibility of each entrant to ensure that their entry does not infringe the copyright of any third party or any laws.

6. All entries must be submitted by a responsible adult over the age of 18.

7. The competition is open to all groups, formal or informal.

8. Copyright in all entries submitted for this competition remains with the respective entrants. However, each entrant grants a worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual licence to Telegraph Media Group Limited and Love British Food to feature any or all of the submitted entries in any of their publications, their websites and/or in any promotional material connected to this competition. Entrants will not receive remittance for such publication, though their work will be credited.

9. An entry to the competition serves as written confirmation from the responsible adult that consent has been gained from all individuals (or their parent/guardian in the event that they are under the age of 18) for the use of the photographic images submitted, to include the use of individual’s name, likeness and biographic and other information for purposes of publicity and promotion.

10. There is no limit on the number of nominations but nominations are restricted to one per person. Late, illegible, incomplete, defaced or corrupt entries will not be accepted. No responsibility can be accepted for lost entries and proof of transmission or posting will not be accepted as proof of receipt. Entries must not be sent through agencies or third parties.

11. The judges will select one overall winning initiative and one runner-up which, in the sole opinion of the judges, best demonstrate the following criteria:

Competition entries will be judged on the extent to which they:

  • Celebrate British food within their community: help people discover British products they have not been aware of before and promote local producers.
  • Strengthen the local community through the fun of celebrating food and bring colour to the lives of people from different sectors of society.
  • Support the economy, encouraging people to visit and buy from British producers and retailers.
  • Use new and innovative ways of celebrating British Food. New initiatives or established initiatives with new features will be particularly recognized.

12. The judging panel comprises Raymond Blanc, Liz Earle, Alexia Robinson, representative from Co-op and a representative from The Telegraph. The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

13. The organisers of the winning entry will receive The Telegraph and Love British Food 2017 trophy plus breakfast and a behind the scenes tour of the gardens at Raymond Blanc’s Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons. The prize is for a maximum of 10 guests, prize dates to be taken at the discretion of Le Manoir (excluding weekends). The prize does not include travel or overnight stays. In addition, the winner will receive a case of Co-op award winning ‘Les Pionniers’ champagne and £250 in Co-op vouchers.

14. In the event of the Promoter being unable to contact the winning organisers or of their being unable to accept their prize, the Promoter reserves the right to award the prize to another entrant who, in the opinion of the judges and in accordance with these terms and conditions, is the next best entry.

15. The winning organisers will be required to take part in publicity.

16. The overall winning events will be featured in The Sunday Telegraph on a date following the judging meeting.

17. The prize as described is available on the date of publication. The prize is non-transferable and there are no cash alternatives.

18. Events may occur that render the competition itself or the awarding of the prizes impossible due to reasons beyond the control of the Promoter and accordingly the Promoter may at its absolute discretion vary or amend the promotion and the entrant agrees that no liability shall attach to the Promoter as a result thereof.

Promoter Telegraph Media Group Limited, 111 Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1W 0DT.