British Food Fortnight, the biggest showcase of food on the national calendar, starts this Saturday 20th September. This year marks the thirteenth anniversary of the annual national campaign to reinvigorate the tradition of celebrating the harvest. Tesco, British farming’s biggest customer, join Aramark in sponsoring the event. The celebrations have been given an extra boost by this morning’s happy announcement that the Scottish people have decided to remain part of Britain and the United Kingdom.
Britain produces an abundance of delicious, high quality fruit, vegetables, meat, dairy products and artisanal foods. We deserve to be proud of that heritage. This is the aim of the Bring Home the Harvest campaign, designed to rekindle the tradition of celebrating the abundance of British food and the harvest. As I am someone who loves to support local, seasonal food as well as supporting local communities, British Food Fortnight is one of my favourite foodie celebrations!
How can you join in?
Events are taking place around the country throughout the fortnight:-
Love British Food and The Telegraph are looking for communities who organize the most innovative, inclusive and imaginative harvest celebrations during British Food Fortnight for the Bring Home the Harvest awards. For the first time there is also a Junior and Youth Category too! You can find out more here.
The National Harvest Service will be held at Birmingham Cathedral on 20th October. First held at Westminster Abbey last year, the event was attended by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall and is now firmly established in the national calendar. You can locate the Harvest Service nearest to you at The Church of England website www.aharvestnearyou.com.
Buy British whenever you can.
Use British produce in your kitchen. Cook up a delicious sausage supper using British pork, try tasty British apples in my Apple Pecan Cake with Maple Glaze or enjoy my Spiced Plum Cake made with some of this year’s abundant plum harvest.
There will be harvest themed events in National Trust Properties, food festivals in more than half the English counties and retailers and caterers will be creating a truly national harvest celebration.
Celebrate #HarvestFever online! Love British Food and Farmers Guardian are calling for everyone from farmers, school classes, allotmenteers and families to pose in selfie-style photographs with British and home grown produce. Post them on Facebook and Twitter, remembering to tag @FarmersGuardian and @LoveBritishFood and use the hashtag #HarvestFever. Nominate friends and colleagues to do the same!
Don’t miss out on the fun – Visit the Love British Food website to find out what is happening in your local area and enjoy celebrating British Food Fortnight!
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