Love food? Eat locally? Fancy trying something new?
British Food Fortnight: 22 September to 7 October
Held in the autumn at the same time as harvest festival, British Food Fortnight is the biggest annual, national celebration of British food and drink. It was established in the wake of the Foot and Mouth crisis, in response to the fact that, though there are numerous food initiatives, projects and events taking place across Britain, there was no overall flagship event to bring them to the public's attention. Since its beginnings in 2002, British Food Fortnight has become THE opportunity for those who work in any aspect of food and drink, to come together and promote the benefits of buying and eating from our home produced British larder. In setting a particular date range, it concentrate efforts across sectors.
Hundreds of activities take place across the UK during British Food Fortnight. The event is the biggest showcase of food on the national calendar with celebrations including promotions, tastings and special menus and lots of fun food and drink festivals and country fairs. Look for events near you.
Do you know the difference between the red tractor, RSPCA assured and Soil Association Organic? Or what about the LEAF or MSC Stewardship? Check what the various logos look like and what they stand for* before you put your weekly shop into your basket.
In 2015 I wrote about my preference for home produced food, you can read this here.
*Following horrific revelations in The Times earlier this year this is even more important.