Date to celebrate - British Food Fortnight September 19-October 4

3rd July 2009 at 01:00

What's it all about?

British Food Fortnight puts British food on the menu, from Scottish smoked salmon to Cornish clotted cream, and about 9,000 chefs are lined up to go into school during the two weeks. It may be after the school holidays, but start preparing recipes and chef visits now.

Assembly ideas

The fortnight gives schools the opportunity to teach pupils the benefits they'll get from healthy eating. Why not get pupils to cook a meal that contains food groups such as carbohydrates, protein, fat, fibre, minerals and vitamins?

You could split the pupils into different groups, each responsible for a food group - if one has carbohydrates they could see why we need these types of food, and how we will best get them sourced from Britain.

This could form a great cross-curricular assembly where you could look at biology and the body in order for the pupils to see what happens to the food once we've swallowed it.

Help, I've no time to prepare

See the schools area on for a six-page guide to taking part in the British Food Fortnight Cook for Life challenge. This is also available from the event office. Call 020 7840 9292 or email

Where do I get more information?

The Great British Kitchen website has recipes for cooking British produced food and other useful information, such as the history of British cooking.

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