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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.
From the top table where 70 of London’s top chefs gathered for a British Food Fortnight feast…
Chefs from the top of the culinary world - Phil Howard from The Square, Rob Weston from La Trompette, Damian Clisby from Petersham Nurseries and Josh Eggleton from the Pony & Trap - cooked a British Food Fortnight celebratory lunch for 70 of their contemporaries from leading restaurants including River Café, the Groucho Club and The Pig.
Photo: Chelone Wolf
To the grass roots where communities celebrated in towns across the country
Food and drink festivals were held from Guernsey to Ayrshire and communities came out in force to celebrate British Food Fortnight on the ground. Emsworth, the winners of the campaign’s 2014 competition setting a high new benchmark with a jam-packed two weeks of activities - they even built a farmer’s field in the town square!
The National Harvest Service
The Harvest Torch took centre stage at the Kent County Harvest Thanksgiving Service at Canterbury Cathedral on the 4th October. A stunning display of Kentish produce including honey, bread, pumpkins and even live chickens, uplifted worshipers at the event which was the first to continue the legacy of the National Harvest Service, an initiative supported by Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall. Over 400 Harvest celebrations have taken place across the UK during the harvest period.
Highlights - 2014
British Food Fortnight 2014 took place on the 20th September – 5th October.
The National Harvest Service in Birmingham Cathedral
Over 350 children and teachers from 19 schools and one home educator group attended the Service having applied for a place in the summer term. Each group had since spent time planting seeds and researching local foods to create a harvest box for the service, and the fruits of their labours were on proud display inside the Cathedral.
British Food Fortnight Competition
Search for Harvest Heroes in Association with the Telegraph. The winners were chosen by judges including The Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; David Wood, Group Managing Director, Health & Wellness Division, Tesco; Raymond Blanc; Adam Henson and Blue Peter Gardener Chris Collins.
Emsworth's outstanding effort saw a series of events spread across the two weeks with two local producer markets, foraging walks, themed lunches, films about the town's oyster heritage and tastings. Students from the nearby colleges took over the Brookfield Hotel to prepare a three course Great British Menu and a food mountain was built, with the goods donated to the Beacon Food Bank.
Adam Henson thought that Emsworth fulfilled all of the judging criteria brilliantly. David Woods commented on the broad appeal of what took place and the fact the campaign involved so many aspects of the community.
Alistair Gibson, Organiser of Emsworth Food Fortnight, said:
"Winning this competition is a wonderful recognition for a fortnight that grew into a true community event, encompassing so many people from young to old. As a result, it will highlight Emsworth as a real food destination as well as reminding the local population that we need to support both our local business and community. It has already seen the establishment of a permanent, once monthly food bank collection point to coincide with Emsworth's monthly market day."
Raymond Blanc thought it was important that the school crossed the generational boundaries with their activities and was impressed that they embraced all aspects of harvest: farming, cooking, art, craft and community.
Diane Morren, Teacher at Beech Hill Primary, said:
“We are thrilled to have won the competition. The children enjoyed doing a range of exciting harvest activities from visiting Tesco's 'Farm to Fork' trail, along with growing a range of vegetables, from seed, in our gardens. Developing a friendship with the residents from our local old folks home had a huge impact and all of these activities together have helped us to promote British values of respect, friendship, acceptance, tolerance and understanding of others throughout the school.”
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:
The Service to Celebrate the Harvest in Westminster Abbey
Martin Clunes led the readings at British Food Fortnight Service to celebrate British Food Fortnight with attendance from Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall, Damian Lewis, The Hairy Bikers and many more.
British Food Fortnight Competition
Held in conjunction with The Telegraph, first prize was awarded to Haslington Festival of Food and Farming.The whole community got involved with a farmer’s market on the village green, displays by local farmers, and a Great food Debate.
Highlights - 2012
British Food Fortnight 2012 took place from 27th July to 12th August.
Love British Food 2012 gave retailers a ticket to the Games
Tesco and SPAR (UK) Ltd were Official Partners of the event and geared up to paint shop-shelves red, white and blue. 2,200 SPAR shops took part and Tesco ran patriotic promotions throughout its stores. Love British Food 2012 promotions in Tesco cafes doubled sales and sold out most days. Many independent stores, farm shops and delis flew the Union Jack on the high street as they used British food as their entry point into the Games. Customers were treated to tastings, meet-the-producer events and patriotic promotional material bearing the slogans ‘Be Patriotic!’ and ‘Support the home team!’
Pubs put the pride into Britain
Menus in Fullers, Enterprise Inns and Whiting and Hammond shouted ‘British is Best!’ as people crowded into their pubs to support Team GB. Humpty Dumpty Eggs Benedict, 4 & 20 Black Birds Pigeon Pie, Little Red Riding Hood Velvet Sponge and a Three Blind Mice cheese board were included on one of the imaginative pub menus.
Food and sport go hand in hand in restaurants and food outlets across the land
The biggest organisations in food service united behind Love British Food 2012 in the strongest line-up in the national food promotion's 11 year history. Led by ARAMARK, the event's flagship sponsor, 3663, Brakes, Compass, E-Foods, Harrison Catering and Sodexo all took part as Official Partners and bought patriotic celebrations into staff restaurants and food outlets across the land. The Garden Centre Group also entered into the spirit with special menus and fun competitions in all its in store cafes and restaurants.
Hospitals gave patients a patriotic boost
The Hospital Caterers Association rallied hospitals to bring all the excitement of the Olympics into wards with patriotic menus for patients. Great Ormond Street, Royal Brompton and Salisbury District were some of the hospitals that took part.
Love British Food 2012 Family Feasts were organised as part of the London 2012 Festival with a special focus on people who may have felt left out of
the sporting celebrations. The Feasts were organised in Sure Start Children's Centres and in Hallmark Care Homes for the elderly. Many of the Sure
Start Children's Centres that took part were in deprived areas and were given hands-on support from a local chef who worked with families to organise
a magnificent Feast for everyone using the centre and the wider community.
Cook for the Queen children’s initiative
208 schools entered from across the UK, from the tip of Cornwall in the South to the Shetland Isles in the North. There were class visits to local producers, hotels and farms to learn more about food produced near the school; endless cooking and tasting sessions; competitions between pupils along the lines of Masterchef and Diamond Jubilee tea parties attended by grannies, parents, members of the local community, producers, Lord Lieutenants and MPs, many of whom have been invited to taste the children's menus. Many schools served their menus at their school's Diamond Jubilee celebrations in June. Local producers have supported the competition in force, many donating ingredients to schools to assist their entries. Mark Flanagan, Royal Chef at Buckingham Palace, has selected the winning schools from over 200 entries. The four schools were invited to Buckingham Palace to see their recipes prepared by the Royal Chef and they helped serve them at a special reception attended by The Queen and The Duchess of Cornwall.
‘Cook for The Queen’ was the idea of The Duchess of Cornwall and was her special tribute to The Queen for the Diamond Jubilee. The winning schools were: Cape Cornwall School near Penzance, Latimer Arts College near Kettering, St Columba's Primary School from Oban in Scotland and Eastington Primary School from Gloucestershire.
The winning schools were: Cape Cornwall School near Penzance, Latimer Arts College near Kettering, St Columba's Primary School from Oban in Scotland and Eastington Primary School from Gloucestershire.
British Food Fortnight past dates
17th September to 2nd October 2011
18th September – 3rd October 2010
19th September – 4th October 2009
20th September – 5th October 2008
22nd September – 7th October 2007