BRITISH FOOD FORTNIGHT – 17th SEPTEMBER – 2nd OCTOBER 2022…

British Food Fortnight – 17th September to 2nd October 2022.

The aim of the fortnight is to encourage everyone to discover the diverse and delicious food on their doorstep and make them more aware of what’s grown, produced and available right here in Britain.

This is the 21st year of the national celebration of British food. It is set to be the biggest and most popular food event with communities and organisations across the country making plans to take part.

Love British Food list some of the activities that are going to take place.

Fun activities, foodie lessons and special menus in hundreds of schools.  Teachers are organising special lessons to teach the young about the food grown on their doorstep.  School catering managers are running British Food Fortnight menus.  And the Local Authority Caterers Association is supporting at a national level.

Menu promotions in pubs, restaurants and major food service venues.  There will be British Food Fortnight menus in your local pub and restaurants.  Catering facilities in venues as diverse as the Houses of Parliament, the British Army, schools, universities, hospitals, care homes, HM Prisons and farm shop cafes are taking part!

NHS Trusts are organising British Food Fortnight menus in hospitals across the country.  The Chair of the Hospital Food Review who also leads on food as part of the NHS England Improvement Programme is encouraging NHS catering managers to celebrate British produce in staff and visitor areas and on patient menus.

The University Caterers Organisation is encouraging its members to create special menus using British ingredients and to highlight British food on student menus.  Universities are using British Food Fortnight as a great opportunity to support local businesses, raise awareness of British ingredients and educate young people about healthy, quality produce in the university environment.  Fresher’s Week coincides with the Fortnight in many universities so it is the perfect time to celebrate!

British Food Fortnight promotions, meet the producer events and tastings in shops and markets.  Look out for seasonal British food in the major supermarkets.

Hundreds of care homes are taking part as they do every year. British Food Fortnight is hugely popular with residents.  Special menus and lots of fun activities are planned.  The National Association of Care Catering is encouraging Local Authority Caterers and independent care home operators to embrace the national foodie celebrations.

Communities are coming together to celebrate the food produced on their doorstep during British Food Fortnight.  Villages, market towns and large cities are marking the national food celebrations.  British Food Fortnight takes place at the traditional time for celebrating the harvest so it is a time worn tradition for communities to come together. 

Wonderfully joyful food festivals give people the opportunity to meet some of Britain’s very best producers.  From Thame Food Festival in Oxfordshire, to the Ginger and Spice Festival in Shropshire to the Abergavenny Food Festival in Wales; there are fabulous events for all the family to enjoy.

Lots of activity on social media. Please follow @LoveBritishFood for all the latest updates and to see what all our wonderful ambassadors are doing during the Fortnight.

For lots more details and information on Food Heroes, Why Buy British, Whats Happening and Resources head to the LoveBrtish Food website.

Source: LoveBritish Food

SOURDOUGH SEPTEMBER 1st – 30th 2022…

2022 sees the 10th annual, International Sourdough September.

The ninth month of the year is when the Real Bread Campaign goes on a mission to help everyone worldwide to discover that: life’s sweeter with sourdough!

Launched in 2013, the main aims of #SourdoughSeptember are to encourage people to:

For 12 months of the year, the Campaign promotes Real Bread in general, with September being a focal point for sourdough in particular.

Sourdough September is run as an opportunity for genuine sourdough bakers and baking teachers to showcase what they do.

It’s also time to shout louder than usual ‘say no to sourfaux‘ to alert people to this problem and help them avoid paying a premium for something that simply isn’t the real deal.

What’s going on?

Across thirty days of sharing food, facts and fun, Real Bread bakeries, baking schools, mills, food festivals and other fermentalists around the globe run sourdough classes, tastings, feasts and more to help everyone experience and enjoy the power of sour.

A special focus for 2022 is affordability.

The Real Bread Campaign believes that everyone should have the chance to choose Real Bread, including genuine sourdough. One obstacle to Real Bread For All is the gap between what it costs a small bakery to make bread and what people in their community on lower incomes can afford.

We’re encouraging bakeries to consider trying out ways of subsidising at least one line of sourdough bread to offer it at a reduced price, or issuing discount vouchers to allow customers to choose. Read about how your bakery can get involved.

Sourdough bread is made by people of almost every age, nationality, ethnicity, gender identity, (dis)ability, religion and culture in the world.

YOU can join the fun with many thousands of people around the planet by tagging your (relevant) social media posts with #sourdough, #SourdoughSeptember and us:

Twitter: @RealBread
Facebook: @RealBreadCampaign
Instagram: @RealBreadCampaign

Then, if applicable, add:

#SourdoughSelfie if it’s a photo of yourself making sourdough, or holding a loaf of genuine sourdough bread you’ve baked or bought from a Real Bread bakery. Remember, as it’s a selfie, we want to see YOU in these photos, not just your crumb shots!

#WeAreRealBread if you are one of the people behind the rise of Real Bread. Whether farmer, miller, baker or baking teacher, please help the world see you to help celebrate the diversity (in all senses) of our supporters and other companions.

If you’d be happy for us to publish your photos (either of yourself or of others with their permission) please email them to realbread@sustainweb.org

We need high resolution photos that are:

  • Landscape / horizontal (rather than portrait / vertical) at least 1200 x 800 pixels (see articles in our news and features pages to see what we mean) OR
  • Square at least 1000 x 1000 pixels

…and we’d love to see and share photos of whole Real Bread bakery teams, famlies baking together, online and real world classes of sourdough students…

The simplest way to join in is to bake a loaf of genuine sourdough yourself, or buy one from a local, independent, Real Bread bakery.

Business owners

How might YOU help share sourdough secrets and demystify the delicious delights of the oldest way of raising a loaf?

Ideas for events/activities you can organise include:

  • Give away (or make a small charge for) pots of sourdough starter
  • Showcase a different sourdough bread on your menu each week and offer tasters
  • Run a sourdough baking class or Q&A / troubleshooting session
  • Organise a social event for people who’ve attended one of your sourdough baking classes in the past
  • Join forces with a local brewer, charcutier, pickler and cheese maker to: run a feast of fermentation, create a local food box for people to order online, or lay a fermented food trail between your shops

Source: Sustain