Ten ideas for Celebrating in 2016
Co-op Food is the Official Sponsor of Love British Food and British Food Fortnight 2016.British Fare, Everywhere - 10 things you can do to celebrate British during 2016.
- Pick your favourite 2016 sporting event, rig up the TV, dig out the Union flags and invite your friends around for a British foodie feast. We suggest BBQ and beer for Rugby, strawberries and fizz for Wimbledon and cream tea for Ascot - you can easily source all of these from the British Isles. If you want to go the whole hog, why not look for foods from the regions that the event is taking place in or the region that your sporting hero hails from. For example for the Tour de Yorkshire try Yorkshire Pudding or Wensleydale cheese, and to support Andy Murray, opt for haggis and neeps.
- Join in with the Queen’s Birthday celebrations by organising a party in your street, or by celebrating with a family cream tea. Ask those supplying the food to shop locally and mark where the food was purchased from with a little flag – great advertising for your local producers who may even be persuaded to join in and supply some of the goodies!
- Celebrate British Food Fortnight by inviting friends for an autumnal harvest feast. Decorate the table with autumn leaves, berries and gourds and serve up warming favourites like pumpkin soup, local breads and speciality cheeses.
- 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. Set yourself a ‘food miles limit” and see if you can source from within, say, 30 miles. Post your findings on social media using the hashtag #LoveBritishFood. Don’t worry if it is too difficult to meet the 30 mile criteria – its all about learning and raising awareness.
- Seek out food in season – for more information about seasonal eating, see our What’s in Season page.
- When you are shopping in larger stores make a special effort to seek out British food. 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.
- Encourage teachers in your children’s school to run food-related activities for at least one of the patriotic events this year, there are a myriad of resources available for teachers, and many of them are listed in our Teacher Zone. Also 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.