What do parsnips, apples, oysters, crab, green runner beans, venison and blackberries have in common? They are all in season during British Food Fortnight!
British Food Fortnight 2021 takes place 18th September to 3rd October 2021.
This is the 20th year of the national celebration of the diverse and delicious food that Britain produces. The UK has a fantastic opportunity to bring our fabulous great British food to the fore! And we can show the rest of the world what we are made of.
Why buy British food?
• British food travels less far from farm to shop so has a lower carbon footprint than most imported foods.
• Eating British fruits and vegetables in season is good for you. Foods in season contain the nutrients, minerals and trace elements that our bodies need at particular times of the year.
• British meat is produced to some of the highest welfare standards in the world: no growth-promoting hormones are allowed and any antibiotics are administered only under veterinary direction.
• Britain’s pig farmers operate by UK law to standards of welfare that are some of the highest in the world.
• Britain’s beef and sheep industries are the envy of the world; breeding livestock and genetics from our native breeds are much sought after by farmers in other countries. Protect our great native livestock industry by buying the real thing, not an imported substitute.
• Britain’s cattle passport system means that each animal can be uniquely traced to its dam (mother) and place of birth.
• You will be supporting the economy; everyone from the farmer, to those who work in food processing and the shops, pubs and restaurants selling the food.
• You will play your part in protecting our environment as much of Britain’s food is produced in a sustainable way that enhances the countryside.
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.
There are British Food Fortnight promotions, meet the producer events and tastings in shops and markets. Look out for seasonal British food in the major supermarkets.
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 giving 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!