6 GREAT FOODIE EVENTS AND AWARENESS DAYS FOR MAY 2022…

  1. National Fish and Chip Day – Friday 27th May 2022 – The biggest day in the fish and chip calendar is back!  National Fish and Chip Day 2022 will return for the seventh year on Friday 27th May!

The event has gone from strength to strength since its launch in 2015 and despite the restrictions, nearly 50 million people would have seen, heard or read about the awareness day last year.  National TV, radio and newspapers featured stories as did the regional media.  Social media was awash with fish and chip stories with our hashtag #nationalfishandchipday and it went to number 1 on Twitter from 8 a.m. and stayed there all day long! Look for more details on the NEODA website.

2. British Sandwich Week – 22nd – 28th May – Every year British Sandwich Week celebrates the humble sandwich in all its glory as well as the contribution that the sandwich industry makes to the economy. The British Sandwich & Food to Go Association is the trade body behind the celebratory week. Members range from supermarkets and food to go manufacturers to sandwich bars, cafes and the suppliers of ingredients and equipment for the industry. As well as representing the interests of members to the Government, the Association sets industry standards and organises events such as British Sandwich Week and the annual British Sandwich & Food To Go Industry Awards, also known as the ‘Sammies’.

What is a sandwich? The British Sandwich Association defines a sandwich as: Any form of bread with a filling, generally assembled cold – to include traditional wedge sandwiches, as well as filled rolls, baguettes, pitta, bloomers, wraps, bagels, and the like, but not burgers and other products assembled and consumed hot. Hot eating sandwiches are also included. For more details on the British Sandwich Week head to the website here.

3. Marmalade Awards Week – 14th May 2022- held at The Dalemain Mansion & Historic Gardens in the Lake District. Home of the world’s original Marmalades. The winners will be announced at the Awards ceremony at Dalemain, where we will be launching the 2022 Best in Show. The winning marmalade will be for sale and the category winners will be invited as guests of honour to see their marmalade, on the altar in the State Rooms.

At the Festival there will be Q&A’s, cookery demonstrations, interviews and more as we celebrate all things marmalade! Join us for children’s activities, tastings and displays of Marmalade in the State Rooms. The perfect day out for all the family!

The organisers of the Marmalade Awards have always been proud to promote champion quality marmalade making, and the Double Gold winners this year are representative of excellence in Artisan preserves. The evening was enhanced by the presence of celebrity guest Pam Corbin, world renowned for her marmalade making skills.

For more details head to The Dalemain Mansion & Historic Gardens website.

4. The Great British Food Festival – from May to September – check out dates and venues from the list on their website – Combining the nation’s love of great food and drink with some of the country’s most treasured locations. GBFF offers a chance to enjoy some very special times together. They run events that you would love to go to, GBFF will always do their best to make their festivals. With so many GBFF on over the Spring and Summer and Autumn, you are sure to find one near you.

5. National Doughnut Week – 7th – 15th May – National Doughnut Week is a very special week where businesses including bakers, coffee shops, offices and take part and sell lots of delicious doughnuts to raise funds for The Children’s Trust. It’s really easy to get involved and there is no charge to take part! All you have to do to register is complete the online registration form and you will receive a pack of goodies to help organise and promote the week. So whether you’re a baker, a school or a business that wants to get involved and raise funds for The Children’s Trust they would love to work with you. And 100% of the funds raised go straight to the charity so rest assured all your hard work directly benefits the children involved in The Children’s Trust. Click here for the registration form.

6. Food Allergy Awareness Week – May 8th – 14th – Over 32 million Americans have a serious and potentially life-threatening food allergy.  The picture widens to nearly 85 million Americans impacted, when you account for all the people who shop for, cook for, and live with those with severe food allergies, as well as those with food intolerances and avoidances. 

May 8-14 to celebrate Living Teal Food Allergy Awareness Week. They want to invite all in the food allergy community to learn, love and connect through food, education, advocacy and more. Find out lots more on the Food Allergy Awareness Week website.

Source: NEODA, British Sandwich Week The Dalemain Mansion, National Doughnut Week, Food Allergy Awareness Week

NATIONAL DOUGHNUT DAY 4th JUNE AND NATIONAL DOUGHNUT WEEK 10th-18th JULY…

National Doughnut Day started in 1938 as a fund raiser for Chicago ‘s The Salvation Army. According to Days of the Year the History of the Doughnut is quite fascinating.

This day has special significance, and this goes all the way back to the events of the First World War. There wasn’t a lot for our soldiers to cheer about when they risked life and limb on a daily basis, but Doughnut Day came to pass, in part, due to the efforts of a doctor in the military in the first World War who sought to brighten the day of the wounded soldiers he worked on. On his first day to the Military Base, he purchased 8 dozen doughnuts and gave one to each soldier he worked on.

After giving one to Lieutenant General Samuel Geary, who received it with great mirth and appreciation for the doctors work, Samuel decided to start a fundraiser, letting the young doctor, Morgan Pett, to continue to provide doughnuts to his patients.

This fundraiser began working together with the Salvation Army who, after a fact-finding mission, determined that many needs of the soldiers could be met by creating social centers that would provide all sorts of amenities, including the doughnuts.

The Salvation Army sent 250 volunteers to France to help put these huts together, which soon became a mainstay of military life. One record of a day in the huts recorded up to 300 doughnuts and 700 cups of coffee being served as part of their service. Due to the majority of the workers being female, the Salvation Army workers started to be known as “Doughnut Dollies.”

Back at home, in honor of the work that had been created for the brave soldiers on the front line, people used ‘Doughnut Day’ to raise awareness about the war, and to raise funds for the Salvation Army. This tradition to raise money for the organization still happens today. 

According to Today website there are a bunch of national chains (in the US) sharing sweet deals and freebies to celebrate all day long. On Friday, June 4, get a free classic doughnut of your choice with any beverage purchase, while supplies last at participating locations. In honor of the occasion, Dunkin’ will also be launching limited-edition customizable #NationalDonutDay collection, available at noon EST on Thursday, June 3, exclusively at shopdunkin.com.

On Friday, June 4, all guests can enjoy any doughnut of their choice free, no purchase necessary, but you may be able to score two doughnuts that day! The chain is also still honoring its free Original Glazed doughnut offer with a valid vaccination card. In addition, all Krispy Kreme guests can enjoy a $1 Original Glazed dozen with the purchase of any dozen on National Doughnut Day as well.

Pinkbox Doughnuts will be giving away free limited edition Pinkbox Doughnut T-shirts with the purchase of a dozen doughnuts. Pinkbox is known for having some fun merch, so this can be a great way of having your doughnut and wearing it, too.

The UK now enjoy celebrating this special day but also organise a National Doughnut Week in July with The Children’s Trust.

National Doughnut Week has announced it will be moving the dates for its annual charity week from May to July. Due to recent developments in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, National Doughnut Week will now be held on 10th – 18th July 2021 and registration is now open.

The charity week, sponsored by CSM Bakery Solutions, raises vital funds for The Children’s Trust, the UK’s leading charity for children with brain injury.

Independent Hertfordshire bakery, Simmons Bakers, said‌: “For National Doughnut Week last year we produced an extra range of hand-finished luxury doughnuts, the sales of which we donated a portion of. We sold over 3,500 doughnuts, donating 25p each and raising £900. It was a fantastic way for us to offer support in the way we know best – sweet treats! We are honoured to have been able to contribute to such a worthy cause and will continue to do so each year.”

Welsh bakers, Jenkins Bakeries, commented: “David Jenkins Ltd is proud to participate in National Doughnut Week. It is a seasonal event that our staff in the bakery and our retail teams look forward to during the year. Not only is it a great opportunity to showcase our superb range of doughnuts but also to support The Children’s Trust.

There will be lots more on this to follow.

Source: Days of the Year, National Doughnut Week