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Highlights - 2018
British Food Fortnight
The 17th British Food Fortnight took place 22nd September - 7th October 2018 and what a fantastic year it was!
My Name is - Young Farmer Ambassadors - British Food is Great
The year started with 12 young farming ambassadors pledging their support. They introduced themselves to the British public with hashtag #BritishFoodisGreat and even some celebs got involved.
British Food Fortnight Launch Event 2018
The 2018 launch event took place at Elystan Street with all ambassadors attending with some of our young farming ambassadors. Phil Howard, Chef/Owner of Elystan Street was tasked with producing a 3-course menu to the same price per head that hospitals work to (£2.80) and as expected he worked his culinary magic.
Secretary of State, Michael Gove attended and presented the 2017 British Food Fortnight competition winners - Ginger & Spice Festival - with their trophy.
Candice Brown joins the Love British Food team
Great British Bake Off 2016 Winner Candice Brown joined the team and is a huge supporter of British Food.
Candice joined ambassador Liz Earle on some new webfilms and ran a competition to find the #BestBritishBake. In addition Candice demonstrated at the LACA Main Event and the NACC Training & Development Forum.
This year saw the NHS celebrating their 70th anniversary and Love British Food created a new logo to celebrate NHS hospitals support for British Food over the 70 years of its history.
British Food Fortnight Events
British Food Fortnight started with delivering British Food hampers to key radio presenters showcasing the best of British food. From Chris Moyles at Radio X to Chris Evans at BBC Radio 2 plus many more. The presenters read out fun facts on British food and tasted the treats on air.
National Harvest Service
The Dioceses of Chelmsford and Ely jointly hosted this year's National Harvest Festival on 30th September and 14th October, respectively. Supported by HRH, The Duchess of Cornwall who kindly provided the foreword to the Order of Service.
Highlights - 2017
British Food Fortnight
The 16th British Food Fortnight, which took place 23rd September - 8th October, was one of our biggest yet and continued to be an integral and proud celebration of British produce, agriculture and foodservice.
The competition to find the best community event held during British Food Fortnight saw a huge variety of entries from Notts City Hospital that developed a rooftop garden to schools, nurseries, pubs and restaurants. The winner of the competition was Ginger & Spice Festival, held in Market Drayton, Shropshire. The event championed the town's culinary heritage and historical links to spices, food and gingerbread as well as promoting local food producers, suppliers and other food related organisations and groups. Judge Raymond Blanc said: "The entries were amazing and reading each story made me very proud to be involved with British Food Fortnight. Each entry was clear in its objective - to share what we have around us and celebrate food. To me all the entries were very much winners."
Co-op continued as Official Partner for 2017 and activity included presence at County Shows, Open Farm Sunday and a great feature in Co-op Magazine on Alexia Robinson and the Love British Food campaign. Co-op also honoured unsung Food Heroines across the UK and had 2016 Great British Bake-Off winner Candice Brown in numerous radio interviews across the UK. Love British Food ambassador Oli Blanc visited Co-op School Academies and a series of regional roadshows at Co-op stores took place
British Food Fortnight Foodservice Summit
The first Love British Foodservice summit took place at Elystan Street and included NFU, Cucina, TUCO, NACC, LACA, Craft Guild Chefs, HCA, Sustainable Restaurant Association, Sodexo, Brakes, Gather & Gather, Sunrise Senior Living, Blue Apple, Harrison Catering and Elior.
Highlights - 2016
British Food Fortnight
The 15th British Food Fortnight, which took place 25th September - 9th October, saw schools, shops, pubs, restaurants, hospitals and even entire 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.
Highlights - 2015
British Food Fortnight 2015 took place 21st September - 4th October.
“The most endearing thing for me is the support from the locals when we mention UK Farmers and supporting local! As I write I've been interrupted by customers buying pasties and it's only 7am on a Saturday morning. Needless to say we have covered our investment in three days.” Londis retailer, Atul Sohda.
“For me this has to be one of the most engaging and exciting learning experiences I can ever remember. It was a privilege to be part of such a special day” Mark Wildman, Headteacher.
Highlights - 2014
British Food Fortnight 2014 took place on the 20th September – 5th October.
Highlights – 2013
British Food Fortnight 2013 took place on the 21st September - 6th October. A huge map of Britain was unveiled at St Pancras station, with edible features pointing travellers to our top food spots. Special meals were prepared in Hallmark care homes for the elderly and harvest themed events were held in National Trust properties.
Bring Home the Harvest, the campaign to rekindle the tradition of celebrating the Harvest, was launched in 2013. The inaugural events included:
Highlights – 2012
British Food Fortnight 2012 took place from 27th July to 12th August.
Highlights - 2011
British Food Fortnight 2011 took place on the 17th September to 2nd October.
Highlights - 2010
British Food Fortnight 2010 took place on the 18th September – 3rd October.
Highlights - 2009
British Food Fortnight 2009 took place on the 19th September – 4th October.
Schools Initiative – Tea at the Dorchester. Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall had tea in The Dorchester Hotel with the winning pupils of British Food Fortnight’s school competition: the ‘Cook for Life’ competition challenged all schools in the UK to take part in the annual food celebration by incorporating cookery into their curriculum activities in imaginative ways. The challenge was for pupils to design and cook a menu using the minimum food miles. The winning school, Hawarden High School in Flintshire, produced a menu that cut food miles by 95%! 15 pupils aged between 14 and 18 spent the afternoon in the kitchens of the Dorchester Hotel with Executive Chef, Henry Brosi, learning about the quality and variety of British food and how to incorporate healthy cooking into their everyday lives. HRH The Duchess of Cornwall joined the pupils in the kitchens to see them put the finishing touches to the dishes they were learning to make.
Highlights - 2008
British Food Fortnight 2008 took place on the 20th September – 5th October.
Highlights - 2007
British Food Fortnight 2007 took place on the 22nd September – 7th October.