British Food Fortnight
The 15th British Food Fortnight, which took place 25th September - 9th October, saw schools, shops, pubs, restaurants, hospitals and even entires communities across the UK celebrating the diverse and delicious food we produce in the country. Chef Raymond Blanc, OBE headed up the campaign and here is some of the activity that happened:
Food and drink festivals were held all around the UK to celebrate British Food Fortnight. Our finalists include, Emsworth, a regular in the competition. The organised two jam-packed weeks of activities with restaurants, pubs and stores all getting involved. Cucina, organised British menus with some British classics throughout the two weeks at their schools. Hampshire Fare worked with Bentley Primary school on a ‘Food and Farming’ day. But the winners chosen by Raymond Blanc, OBE and the team of judges was Bath & North East Somerset, they organised a lively programme of celebrations, activities and competitions. Raymond Blanc said of Bath & North East Somerset, “This sounds like a fantastic few weeks – a great way to bring together local businesses and the community and showcase what is just on the doorstep. The Fresh-Range delivery service is a great idea and this encourages even more people to buy locally without having to even leave their house! This is a great example of having so many people involved in so many ways. Well done to you all.”
The Co-op is dedicated to British Farming and is delighted to be the official sponsor of Love British Food and British Food Fortnight 2016.
Co-op kick-started British Food Fortnight with an announcement that it would only be selling British meat in its stores. The new sourcing initiative makes the Co-op the only major UK food retailer to stock 100% own-brand fresh British beef, chicken, pork, lamb, bacon and turkey. It is already the only retailer to use British meat in all its chilled ready meals, pies and sandwiches.
Cake for the Queen
Chiddingstone Primary School of Kent won the Cake for the Queen competition with the winning class delighted with the opportunity of visiting Buckingham Palace on 21st September.
The National Harvest Service
The Harvest Torch visited Lincolnshire Cathedral on 18th September at a service attended by farmers, producers, retailers and members of the public and Cathedral congregation. The initiative to reinvigorate the harvest is an initiative HRH The Duchess of Cornwall is keen to support.