2016: How Schools can take part
Co-op Food is the Official Sponsor of Love British Food and British Food Fortnight 2016.The patriotic summer of 2016 is the perfect chance to get your pupils excited about the wonderful food we produce in this country.
There are so many fun and imaginative activities that can be organised to link with the British message. Here are some ideas for starters.
- Enter the Love British Food Cake for The Queen competition - make a healthy, British cake to celebrate Her Majesty's 90th Birthday and be in with a chance of winning a trip to Buckingham Palace.
- Link up with a local farmer or producer. Ask them to visit the school, or pay them a visit so the children can discover how food is made.
- Ask your school caterer to produce a British themed school lunch, and produce menu cards detailing where the food has been sourced for children to take home to parents.
- Approach local restaurants to ask whether a chef can come and demonstrate in school.
- Get in the Olympic spirit by tasking the children with devising healthy British recipes for the Team GB athletes. Foods such as soups, scones and cakes could be sold to parents at the school sports day, or why not come up recipes for a locally sourced energy bar or flap-jack for the participants!
- Make patriotic bunting, with flags alternative between Union flags and photos of food grown in the local area. Decorate the classrooms and hallways to help people get into the spirit.
- Hold a British assembly in the form of a 'banquet', and focus on food thorough the ages - that which would have been eaten by Kings and Queens at different times. Encourage the children to dress up as Royals from different points in history and if possible produce dishes for them to try.
- If you have an allotment, encourage the children to think about where some of the foods planted originate from, and label those that are truly British with Union flags.
- Encourage children to research the food in their local area with their parents. Set up a local food trail with options for places to visit on the weekend, e.g. pick your own centres and farm shops.
Find out more about teaching about food in schools on the Love British Food Website: