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

THE VERY BRITISH FISH AND CHIPS…

 

Did you know that according to Wikepedia fish and chips first appeared in the 1860’s and by 1910 there were more than 25,000 fish and chip shops across the UK, and by the 1930’s there were over 35,000. The National Federation of Fish Friers say that there are now 8,500 fish and chip shops across the UK.

Historic UK site says that the potato is though to have been brought into England from the New World of the 17th century by Sir Walter Raleigh although it is believed that it was the French who invented the fried potato chip.

In 1839 Charles Dickens referred to a ‘fried fish warehouse‘ in his novel, ‘Oliver Twist‘. The first fish and chip shop is believed to have been in Mossely, Lancashire in the North of England. It was sold from a wooden hut in the market and then later transferred to a permanent shop which had an inscription on its window which said ‘ this is the first fish and chip shop in the world’.

Towards the latter part of the 19th century and well into the next century, the fish and chip trade expanded satisfying the needs of the growing industrial population of the UK. Then the steam trawler brought fish from all over the North Atlantic, Iceland and Greenland and the steam railways meant the fish was distributed easily around the country.

Apparently in 1931 fish and chips became so essential in the British diet that one shop in Bradford had to employ a doorman to control the queue at busy times. Even the Territorial Army enjoyed it with special catering tents erected at training camps in order to give them fish and chips before battle.

The National Federation of Fish Friers said that in 1999, the British consumed nearly 300 million servings of fish and chips which equates to six servings to every man, woman and child in the country. The British Fish and Chips is by far the nation’s favourite take-away.