British Food Fortnight 2015, the biggest celebration of food in the national calendar, starts this Saturday 19th September. As I am someone who loves to support local, seasonal food as well as supporting the local community, British Food Fortnight is one of my favourite foodie celebrations!
Britain deserves to celebrate our abundance of delicious, high quality fruit, vegetables, meat, dairy products and artisanal foods. Many pubs, restaurants and cafés will be promoting the event with special offers and there will be producer open day, food festivals and local food celebrations. You can find out more here.
In addition, there are some very cool prizes on offer including a Fortnum and Mason Mayfair Hamper. Or you can become a Community Harvest Hero by organising a British Food Fortnight Event and enter to win an exclusive guided tour of the gardens at Raymond Blanc’s Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons followed by breakfast at this Michelin starred hotel.
Bring Home the Harvest sits alongside British Food Fortnight and aims to reinvigorate the traditional celebration of the harvest. With the support of HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, The National Harvest Service is now firmly established on the national calendar. This year Canterbury, Lincoln and Ripon Cathedrals carry the mantle. All in all, over 400 harvest celebrations are planned. You can learn more here.
How else can you celebrate?
Support local producers and seek out British food
Make a special effort to check labels in the supermarket. If something is imported, is there an in-season British alternative available? Also, support your local butchers, greengrocers and farm shops during the fortnight. You never know what you might discover! Here’s why I shop locally and buy British.
Enjoy harvest recipes with in-season British produce
Autumn produce is amazing here in Britain and there are loads of recipes you can make. Try a Warm Wild Rice Salad with Sausages and Apples for supper followed by Spiced Plum Cake for dessert. Start the day with Applesauce Raisin Pecan Muffins or Hazelnut Apple Coffee Cake.
Don’t miss out on the celebrations. Check out what is happening in your local area and enjoy our fabulous British food and drink during British Food Fortnight – and all year round too!