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British Food Fortnight 2013: More opportunities than ever for food producers to get involved

British Food Fortnight (21st September to 6th October 2013) is spearheading a major new campaign to reinvigorate the tradition of celebrating the harvest and is rallying farmers, producers and the organisers of food festivals to reach out to the wider community and encourage everyone to get involved.

The NFU is supporting the campaign and NFU President Peter Kendall said: “The NFU is proud to be supporting British Food Fortnight. We want to help make it a fortnight to remember for everyone involved, and to drive home the message that farmers need consumers to keep on supporting them by buying British wherever possible.”

What’s Happening? A Harvest Lottery for schools; a challenge to find the community organising the most imaginative harvest celebration; a call to the young to create a new harvest anthem; and culminating in a huge British Food Fortnight Harvest celebration at Westminster Abbey.  Plus the event’s annual drive to encourage shops, pubs and restaurants to run British food promotions during the Fortnight.  There are more opportunities than ever for the organiser of food festivals to get involved with their producers and farmers:

Bring Home the Harvest in your Community: In association with The Telegraph the search is on to find the farmer, business or community that organises the most innovative, inclusive and imaginative harvest celebration during British Food Fortnight.  It could be a meet-the-producer harvest gathering organised by a farm shop; door-stop and street sales of produce; harvest-swap shops of home-produced food in the workplace or local clubs; harvest suppers for the elderly; 8-80s barn dance knees-ups; food and music festivals; scarecrow competitions; harvest loaf bake-a-thons; harvest suppers in pubs; or even parades of producers, tractors and livestock through towns.  The organisers want people to have fun and give the French and the German wine and beer festivals a run for their money!

The winners will be selected by a panel of judges from the world of food and farming including: The Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Raymond Blanc, Alan Titchmarsh and Philip Clarke, chief executive of Tesco.  The winners will be featured in The Telegraph and will be presented with The Telegraph & Love British Food Best Harvest Celebration 2013 trophy by The Secretary of State.

Harvest fare on shop shelves and menus:  Pubs and restaurants, from the small to the very big food service outlets - led by ARAMARK, the event’s long standing sponsor - are invited to join in with celebratory harvest menus during British Food Fortnight.  And shops, from small independents to the major supermarkets, are invited to highlight the harvest in store with special food promotions and offers to get their customers involved. 

Organiser Alexia Robinson says: “We want to bring Harvest Festival into the 21st century and make it relevant and fun in the modern day.  This year’s British Food Fortnight is all about showing that everyone can get involved in celebrating the harvest: at home or at work, in your local pub, on your street, out shopping, in your children's school or online.  Farmers are the heroes of the harvest and we hope they will embrace this initiative and take a lead in getting their communities involved.”

WHAT RESOURCES ARE AVAILABLE TO HELP FARMERS TAKE PART?  All the details farmers need to take part are on http://www.lovebritishfood.co.uk/ – there is a brand new section dedicated to the history of Harvest Festival and how to celebrate it: details of all the competitions, entry forms and lots of ideas for taking part.  Keep up to date with all the latest on the harvest campaign on Twitter @LoveBritishFood https://twitter.com/LoveBritishFood.

WHO IS BEHIND BRITISH FOOD FORTNIGHT? British Food Fortnight is sponsored by ARAMARK and is supported by a large family of organisations led by Brakes, E-foods, Hallmark Care Homes, Harrison Catering and Whiting andHammond.

For further press information and jpegs of the brand new British Food Fortnight ‘Bring Home the Harvest’ logo, please contact Alexia or Catherine on:

Tel: 020 7840 9292  E: info@lovebritishfood.co.uk   http://www.lovebritishfood.co.uk/


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