British Food Fortnight is the biggest annual, national celebration of British food and drink. It was established in the wake of the Foot and Mouth crisis, in response to the fact that, although there are numerous food initiatives, projects and events taking place across Britain, there was no overall flagship event to bring them to the public’s attention.
Since its beginnings in 2002, British Food Fortnight has become THE opportunity for those who work in any aspect of food and drink, to come together and promote the benefits of buying and eating from our home-produced British larder.
Every year businesses and organisations across the UK take part, from major hospitals and school catering services to high-profile venues such as Wembley Stadium, Harrods, St Pancras train station, Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Cabinet Office, the BBC, Buckingham Palace, and the National Trust.
It is now more important than ever to get involved in growing, cooking and celebrating home produce and I am delighted to be an Ambassador for Love British Food.
This year we have some great initiatives lined up for British Food Fortnight. Over 1,000 schools will be running British Food Fortnight menus; the National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs will rally young farmers to promote British food in their communities; the Co-op will be leading promotions on the high street; hundreds of care homes will be taking part; and a new partnership with NHS England will celebrate hospitals that go the extra mile in sourcing local food. British Food Fortnight is top of the agenda at major conferences being run by the Local Authority Caterers Association, the National Association of Care Homes and Sodexo. There will also be the annual competition to find the community that does the most to celebrate British food.
So get involved and support your local British producers! For more information, visit the Love British Food website.