Schools in Wales
Gareth Thomas, Food in Schools Coordinator, Welsh Local Government Association is leading the support for British Food Fortnight in Welsh Schools encouraging all schools to take part in British Food Fortnight and enter the competition. There are even discussions taking place for 2020 with a view to growing the competition.
If you have plans to take part in the competition do let us know.
How school catering services in Wales can take part in British Food Fortnight?
Now in its 18th year, British Food Fortnight is a national celebration of the diverse and delicious food that England, Northern Ireland, Scotland
and Wales produces. Every year communities across the UK take part, with foodie festivals in villages, towns and cities, fun activities for children
in schools, menu promotions in pubs and restaurants, and local food on the plate in hospitals and care homes.
This year the organisers are working with LACA Wales and the WLGA to invite school catering services in Wales to take part.
Why get involved?
- Celebrate and promote Welsh produced food and school meals.
- Educate children about where their food and school meals comes from.
- Consider future opportunities to make links with schools and the curriculum.
- Engage with a national campaign.
How to get involved?
- Themed dishes, days or weeks in line with the usual food and drink requirements of The Healthy Eating in Schools (Nutritional Standards and Requirements (Wales) Regulations 2009.
- Use the above logo (attached in high resolution) on your menus and posters.
- Invite your Welsh suppliers or producers to some schools to talk to pupils.
- Liaise with schools about how to link with them and the curriculum.
- Consider running competitions and quizzes to engage pupils and parents.
- Showcase activities on social media and through other communication channels. Hashtag #carubwydprydain and #lovebritishfood
Examples from previous years
Four hundred and forty schools in Hampshire took part last year, running a British Food Fortnight menu in primary and secondary schools. Many organised
educational activities alongside the themed menu. For example, Berrywood Primary School in Hedge End held a quiz on locally produced food, invited
local producers into the school to teach pupils how to fillet fish, and visited a local vegetable producer, where pupils were taught how to grow vegetables
and made a vegetable smoothie.
Cucina is a food service provider specialising in school meals. They ran a 2-week promotion using all UK grown produce. Chefs sourced local produce and
educated students on the benefits of using local suppliers. Cucina sources most of its food from local butchers and grocers and uses Love British Food
to encourage children to try different foods and learn about food provenance. Various ingredients were highlighted on posters throughout the school
looking at seasons, producer and health benefits.
“This has been the best week at school ever!” T.Logan, year 6 pupil, Binstead School, Hampshire.
“We had a fantastically successful British Food Fortnight with our Taste a Bite of British Menu; the number of children eating school meals doubled in
some schools!” Sue Edridge, Food with Thought Development Manager, Oxfordshire County Council.
“It has been a resounding success. For the 5 KCC school meal contractors we have seen approximately an 8% increase in meal uptake over the week. Many schools
invited parents in and in one the staff dressed up as vegetables! It appears that about 350 schools took part, many using our recipes and menus, others
introducing their own.” Mark Sleep, Client Services Manager, Children Families and Education, Kent County Council.
"The number of children eating school meals in Shropshire Primary Schools increased by 20% as a result of the British Food Fortnight menu we ran." Bill Campbell, Operations Manager, Shropshire School Meal Service.
“British Food Fortnight is a great chance to promote the use of British products.” Stephanie Price, the Worcestershire country council’s senior catering assistant
“www.lovebritishfood.co.uk is a wonderful resource! Saved me hours of work this weekend – thank you.” Subscriber to TES.
“The British Food Fortnight Competition is a great initiative and we will be sure to enter again.” Gunthorpe Primary School, Peterborough.
“The children have learnt a lot about having a balanced diet while still enjoying food. They have tried so many new things and this has brought everyone
together, including the parents.” St Gregory’s Primary School Dorset.