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British Food Food Fortnight

September 17, 2009

19th September – 4th October 2009

The eighth British Food Fortnight starts this weekend. Running from 19th September to 4th October, the next two weeks see the biggest ever promotion of British food. Wembley Stadium, Grey Gables Hotel in Radio 4’s The Archers, the Cabinet Office, the BBC, St Paul’s Cathedral and the National Trust are just a few of the famous establishments taking part this year. Highlights include:

• MORE BRITISH PROMOTIONS IN SUPERMARKETS THAN EVER BEFORE…all the major supermarkets are running special British promotions during British Food Fortnight signifying the greatest support in the history of the event. And hundreds of independent stores will be flying the Union Jack in the high street with tastings, meet-the-producer events and special offers on British food, led by Budgens official sponsor of the event.

• MORE BRITISH FOOD ON MENUS THAN EVER BEFORE…eight of the largest food service organisations led by ARAMARK, six major pub groups led by Young’s, all the chef associations, the Youth Hostel Association, Anchor Care Homes and many others are putting British food on the menu during the two weeks.

• BBC’s HAIRY BIKERS LEAD NETWORK OF 9,000 CHEFS READY TO TEACH CHILDREN HOW TO COOK …the network is made up of chefs from some of the biggest catering organisations, chef associations and pub groups all of whom have signed up to sending people into schools to teach children how to cook during British Food Fortnight. This is the largest volunteer movement educating children about food.

• EAT YOUR WAY AROUND BRITAIN…more opportunities than ever before for people to enjoy British food with food festivals in Horsham, York, Cardiff, Devon, Nantwich, Isle of Man, Abergavenny, Cornwall, Manchester, Hastings, Alnwick, Luton, Glasgow, Kent, Norfolk, Newbury, Penrith, Brighton, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire; foraging walks, food trails and fungi forays; a Harvest Swap Shop and fruit and vegetable shows; ‘Bring back Granny’s Recipes’ and ‘Design a Sausage’ competitions; Mad Hatter’s tea parties and People’s Picnics; Plot to Plate cooking demonstrations and a drop-in cooking theatre; Meet the Farmer events and school trips to farms and even a ‘Dancing with Dabs’ musical fish procession!

• ACTIVITIES FOR THE YOUNG AND OLD…British Food Fortnight’s school programme is the biggest yet with prizes of Kenwood cooking equipment for the top 110 schools taking part. This year’s challenge is to use British seasonal food to design and cook a meal that contains a healthy balance of the food groups the body needs and contains at least two portions that count towards our 5 A DAY. And Anchor Trust, the biggest provider of Care Homes for the elderly, is planning lots of activities and special menus for its residents.

• IS IT BRITISH? YES MINISTER! …last year British Food Fortnight was credited with helping to increase the proportion of British food sourced by Government departments to 66%. NHS Trusts, school catering services and major Government departments including even the Cabinet Office are joining in the national celebrations this year and taking up the challenge to put British food on their menus during the Fortnight.

• COMPETIION TO WIN £1,000 CASH…to celebrate the biggest ever British Food Fortnight, the organisers are giving people the opportunity to win £1,000 in a cash draw. To enter simply go to

• WHY IS THE EVENT BIGGER THAN EVER THIS YEAR? Commenting on the huge amount of activity this year, organiser Alexia Robinson says: “Ironically, despite the tricky economic climate, this year’s British Food Fortnight is the biggest yet. People are thinking more carefully about the sustainability of the food chain and retailers and caterers know they need to respond to this. Consumers want value for money, but value in the case of food has never been just about price – it is about taste, freshness and quality. The best guarantee of these values is British food, produced to the highest standards in the world. The fact that nearly every major supermarket and catering organisation is participating says it all – British food really is flavour of the moment!”

For further information and details of specific events taking place across the country see

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