Ideas for Taking Part
It’s easy for anyone to take part in British Food Fortnight, whether in your community, online, or simply your own home. Even the smallest thing makes a big difference. Here are some ideas and there is more than enough to do something each day:
1. When you are shopping make a special effort to seek out British food. Pause when you select your food from the supermarket aisle. Look at the label. Does it tell you where the food has come from? Does it provide a description of who produced it? And if it is imported, is there a British equivalent in-season?
When looking to purchase products, keep an eye out for logos and marks.
Visit our logos and marks page for further information on certification.
2. Enter a competition. Keep an eye on the Love British Food social media channels for some fantastic chances to win and encourage everyone who is organising a British Food Fortnight activity to enter our competition. Our annual search is on to find the best celebration of food in their communities.
3. Shop in local butchers, greengrocers, farm shops and markets that source locally and will be able to tell you a little about the person who produced the food you are purchasing.
4. Join in online by telling us about your favourite British Food on Facebook and Twitter and tagging #LoveBritishFood. #BritishFoodisGreat
5. Seek out food in season – look for, for example, the English plum, marrow and squashes, which are in-season during British Food Fortnight. For more information about seasonal eating, see our What’s in Season page.
6. When next in the pub, team up a local beer with a local speciality for an authentic experience that reflects the character of the area where you live. Ask the pub staff to point you to local food on their menu and uncover a world of good pub grub.
7. Think beyond the chicken nugget when planning a family meal out. If there is not a good children’s menu ask for children-sized portions of the main menu.
8. Explore food from different regions of Britain as a fun way of experiencing our culture and heritage. Organisations like the National Trust make a special point of serving quality regionally distinct produce from local producers and find a B&B that sources local food. See our What’s Happening pages to find out foodie events worth visiting in different areas during British Food Fortnight.
9. Ask the caterers who provide the food for your staff or school restaurant if they will consider serving distinctly-British produce. This could take the form of a special seasonal section on the menu. More and more caterers are finding that if they form long-term relationships with suppliers and perhaps encourage small producers to form co-operatives it is possible to serve quality food in a mass catering environment.
10. Encourage teachers in your children’s school to run food-related activities during the Fortnight. There are a myriad of resources available for teachers, and many of them are listed in our Teacher Zone.
11. Cook a British meal for friends and family. Nothing beats the old favourites like Cottage Pie or Apple Crumble, and then sharing them with your loved ones. Consider inviting friends round for a British Food Fortnight feast or make a special effort to get the family sitting around the table.
12. Pick your own. What is better or healthier than being able to enjoy fresh fruit selected and picked by yourself? Rummage in the hedgerows for blackberries or visit a fruit and vegetable farm and then get pickling, jamming and freezing.
13. Grow your own. Eating food you have grown yourself - even if it is just a lettuce! - is immensely satisfying. Potatoes, herbs and carrots are easy to grow and you do not need much space to do so. Some can even be grown in hanging baskets and on windowsills!
14. Attend your local Harvest Festival. British Food Fortnight takes place at the time of Harvest Festival and do not need to be a regular church-goer, or have a particular faith, to take part in the celebration.
15. Pick your favourite 2019 sporting event, rig up the TV, dig out the Union flags and invite your friends around for a British foodie feast. We suggest BBQ and beer for Cricket, strawberries and fizz for Wimbledon and cream tea for Ascot - you can easily source all of these from the British Isles. If you want to go the whole hog, why not look for foods from the regions that the event is taking place in or the region that your sporting hero hails from.
- Have a tea party in your street, or by celebrating with a family cream tea. Ask those supplying the food to shop locally and mark where the food was purchased from with a little flag – great advertising for your local producers who may even be persuaded to join in and supply some of the goodies!
- Celebrate British Food Fortnight by inviting friends for an autumnal harvest feast. Decorate the table with autumn leaves, berries and gourds and serve up warming favourites like pumpkin soup, local breads and speciality cheeses
- When you are shopping in larger stores make a special effort to seek out British food. Look at the label. Does it tell you where the food has come from? Does it provide a description of who produced it? And if it is imported, is there a British equivalent in-season? When looking to purchase products, keep an eye out for logos and marks. Visit our logos and marks page for further information on certification.