Celebrates the best of British

Celebrate the best of British

How YOU can take part

There are lots of ways that you can take part in British Food Fortnight.

See the ideas below for information on how you can enjoy British food in your home and when you are shopping and eating out during the Fortnight, in particular “14 things you can do during the Fortnight” - how many of these will you be able to do this year?!

Don't forget to make sure that your children's school is planning to include cookery and food-related activities in their curriculum! Encourage them to enter the Love British Food school competition.

Encourage your local shop, pub and restaurant to run special tastings and promotions too. Detailed information for producers, retailers, caterers and teachers is provided on this site - please click on the Take Part button and follow the menu.

8 Reasons to buy British Food PDF Print E-mail

Read eight good reasons why you should buy British Food.

  1. British meat is produced to some of the highest welfare standards in the world: no growth-promoting hormones are allowed and any antibiotics are administered only under veterinary direction.

  2. Britain's pig farmers operate by UK law to standards of welfare that are higher than those of nearly every other EU member state; so think twice before buying that packet of pork, bacon or ham with the words ‘product of the EU’. There is a 70% chance that it comes from a farming system that would be illegal in Britain.

  3. Britain's beef and sheep industries are the envy of the world; breeding livestock and genetics from our native breeds are much sought after by farmers in other countries. Protect our great native livestock industry by buying the real thing, not an imported substitute.

  4. Britain's cattle passport system means that each animal can be uniquely traced to its dam and place of birth.

  5. Chicken carrying the British Red Tractor logo has been produced to a high set of standards covering every stage of the food chain from rearing to processing and can be traced back to the farm it came from.

  6. Eating British fruits and vegetables in season is good for you. Foods in season contain the nutrients, minerals and trace elements that our bodies need at particular times of the year. For example, British Food Fortnight marks the shift from Summer to Winter and the fruit and vegetables that are coming into season now, such as butternut squash and apples, are packed with vitamin C to boost our resistance to Winter colds.

  7. British food travels less far from farm to shop so regardless of how carbon footprints are calculated it self-evidently has a lower carbon footprint.

  8. Choosing British means supporting British farmers whose work helps to keep the British countryside the way we want it to look: no sheep or cows - no countryside!

And remember…don't be misled by supermarket packaging that can make British and imported food look similar. Look for the origin information and evidence of British flags and assurance marks.

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