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It's British Food Fortnight

Date Posted: 20 September 2014

 

It's British Food Fortnight

20th September – 5th October 2104

British Food Fortnight was held for the first time in Autumn 2002, and takes place during Harvest time and the Harvest Festival, the traditional time for celebrating our food, its aim is to encourage us all to enjoy eating fresh, seasonal British produce and regional British dishes and to learn all about their health benefits.

 

This year the theme is ‘Bringing Home the Harvest’ and it has the additional aim of helping children to discover all about our wonderful British Food.

Many schools are getting involved and teaching children how to prepare simple meals from fresh, seasonal ingredients as well as holding fun events and activities including:

Talks by top chefs, local butchers and producers

Fruit and vegetable tastings

Visits to farms and local allotments

Dressing up as farmers, green-grocers and bakers

Organising mini farmers markets in school halls

Holding Teddy Bear's Picnics and Mad-Hatters Tea Parties using local produce

Creating healthy and nutritionally-balanced lunchboxes

Designing cook books to raise school funds

To find out more about getting your school involved look on the British Food Fortnight Teacher Zone webpage, there you will find school/class resource packs including class activities, fun facts about food and recipe cards.

Nationwide there are lots of events being held including:

High Street Shops, Farm Shops and Delicatessens stocking British produce and holding tasting sessions and cookery demonstrations

Special social events in Care Homes for the elderly

Scrumptious British Food being served in Garden Centre Cafes

Patriotic Menus in Hospitals

Family Feasts in Children’s Centres

As well as food and drink festivals and country fairs

To find out more about what is happening in your area during British Food Fortnight click here.

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If you want to celebrate British Food here are some things you can do during British Food Fortnight:

When you go shopping if possible buy only British Food – check the packaging to see where the food has come from.

Shop at local greengrocers, farm shops and markets – you can often find out about or even meet the person who has produced the food.

Buy food that is in season – see below

If you eat out choose a British dish using seasonal local fresh ingredients

Cook a British meal for friends and family

Pick and eat your own – If you don’t grow your own visit a ‘pick your own’ fruit and vegetable farm or go foraging in the hedgerows - click here for tips on Autumn Hedgerow Fruit Foraging.

Grow your own – Home grown and freshly picked food always tastes better, if local produce has inspired you to ‘grow your own’ have a look at the Gardening With Children website for information on how to get started and what you can grow/harvest in the garden month by month.

Why not buy British throughout the year and support our farmers, food producers and local food heros.

Here’s a taster of British produce that’s in season during British Food Fortnight

Vegetables

Aubergine, Beetroot, Broccoli, Butternut Squash, Carrots, Celery, Courgettes, Cucumber, Fennel, Garlic, Kale, Kohlrabi, Leeks, Marrow, Onions, Peppers, Potatoes (maincrop), Pumpkin, Radishes, Rocket, Sweetcorn, Turnips, Watercress, Wild Mushrooms

Fruit

Apples, Blackberries, Chestnuts, Damsons, Elderberries, Pears, Plums, Quince, Tomatoes

Meat

Beef, Chicken, Duck, Goose, Grouse, Guinea Fowl, Heather-fed Lamb, Partridge, Pork, Rabbit, Venison, Wood Pigeon

Fish and Seafood

Brill, Clams, Crab, Grey Mullet, Haddock, Halibut, John Dory, Lemon Sole, Lobster, Mackerel, Monkfish, Mussels, Plaice, Scallops, Turbot

 

So get out there, be inspired and enjoy what Britain has to offer.

 

Love British Food Shelf Barkers

 

 

 

 

 

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