Start preparing your university for British Food Fortnight!
Celebrate British food ‘on a budget’! British Food Fortnight coincides with Freshers' Fairs in most universities where students, many of whom are catering for themselves for the first time, are the forgotten generation in the food debate.
University caterers are invited to run British Food Fortnight promotions in student cafes and canteens; set up stalls at Freshers' Fairs to promote the healthy benefits of British seasonal food; and offer cooking demonstrations of simple recipes for students.
Why take part?
Taking part in British Food Fortnight has lots of potential for university caterers as it generates great PR, is proven to increase the number of people eating in your restaurants and will establish a point of different between your university outlets and those that serve only bland mainstream products.
How to take part:
- Promote a special British Food Fortnight menu in your university restaurants or canteens for the Fortnight. Either enhance your existing menu or offer students a special British food promotion.
- Offer cookery demonstrations for freshers using simple recipes and guidance for students about where they can buy fresh, healthy, affordable ingredients.
- Add a paragraph to the catering pages of the University website about your activities and menus during British Food Fortnight and provide advice on eating healthily and variedly.
- Set up a stall at Fresher Fair to advertise the healthy benefits of British seasonal food and promote your menus.
- Promote your participation in the national food promotion by using British Food Fortnight's promotional material to decorate your outlets. Love British Food stickers and barkers (click here). Posters and the official British Food Fortnight logo which you can use on your menus are available by emailing
Examples of universities that have taken part in previous years:
University of Exeter: the university ran some fantastic British Food Fortnight foodie events at one of their premier venues on campus, Reed Hall. Reed Hall organised a ‘Taste of Britain’ campaign, where award-winning head chef, Nicky Stanbury served up a daily authentic dish from a different region of the British Isles over the course of the two week celebration. [Click here to see their sample menu]. “It was great fun taking part in British Food Fortnight this year. Our Chefs did a fantastic job with our ‘A Taste of Great Britain’ menu, with the haggis and venison dishes proving particularly popular. The red, white and blue cupcakes also went down a treat and we had lots of entries to our prize draw to win a luxury hamper of local Devon produce. Students really engage with British Food Fortnight, particularly international students, who enjoy this taste of Britain. It is interesting and a bit different for them. We're already looking forward to taking part again next year!” Kate Concah, Sales and Marketing Co-ordinator for Event Exeter at the University of Exeter
Cardiff University: Cardiff University ran a special British Food Fortnight menu in the 3 main restaurants - Main Building Dining Room, Trevithick Restaurant and the JHB lounge Restaurant - throughout the 2 weeks. All the vegetables and meats were supplied by local suppliers and all fish was purchased fresh from the local fishmonger. To see a sample British Food Fortnight menu from Cardiff University click here.
University of Brighton: the in-house caterers organised lots of promotions across the campus for British Food Fortnight. They made a special effort to include British dishes on the campus menu; switched to supplying British fruit and vegetables for the Fortnight; put British Food Fortnight promotional posters up all round the campus; provided students with 5 A DAY handouts, seasonal eating charts and a recipe card on how to make some of the dishes being sold in the canteen. The activities were such a success that half-way through lunch on the first day the main healthy meal on the British Food Fortnight promotion had already sold out! To read the full case study about how the University of Brighton took part see [click here]
Birmingham University: the university organised healthy eating promotions in their student hub to celebrate British Food Fortnight. Mark Houghton, Executive Chef says “By promoting true local British produce through our student areas during intake we not only found our sales rise significantly but we had very positive customer feed back too. This is important to us at the start of term as it helps us gain a loyal customer base from the new student. We are now continuing to promote British produce by including this within our ethos statement for our new Brand which we will be launching in the New Year”
University of Derby: the university caterers invited local suppliers to the university to give a talk about their produce to the students and offered a loyalty card based on the theme to offer in the café and restaurant.