British Food Fortnight celebrates the best of Britain’s produce. It takes place countrywide from 18 September-3 October. We’re delighted that BFF supports our delicious. initiative to get teenagers cooking.
Appropriately, British Food Fortnight takes place during Harvest Festival – a traditional time to celebrate food. It champions the diverse range of food that Britain produces with tastings in shops, all-British menus in pubs and restaurants, lessons in schools and nationwide food festivals. Read more on the British Food Fortnight website.
10 things you didn't know about British food...
1. Britain produces 700 named cheeses - that’s more than France!
2. There are more than 2,000 varieties of apple grown in Britain. The Bramley apple is still produced from stock taken from the original tree where a pip was planted in the garden of a Mr Bramley in the early 19th century.
3. Britain’s seasonal climate produces one of the greatest varieties of vegetables in the world. Each season’s crop gives us all the nutrients, minerals and trace elements that our bodies need at particular times of year. British Food Fortnight marks the busiest period of change in the seasonal food calendar.
4. Britain’s meat is of such a high quality that breeding livestock and genetics from our native breeds are sought after by farmers around the world.
5. No growth promoting hormones are allowed in the production of British meat.
6. British pig farmers operate, by law, to standards of welfare higher than those of nearly every other EU member state. 70% of imported pork, bacon and ham is produced from a farming system that would be illegal in Britain.
7. British chicken meat is the safest in Europe: 30% of European chickens reputedly have salmonella.
8. There are 350 varieties of potato grown in Britain, each with its own unique taste, texture and flavour. And potatoes are the largest single source of vitamin C in the UK diet!
9. 70,000 inspections are carried out every year to ensure that the £7.5bn worth of British food bearing the Red Tractor logo is produced to the highest food safety and animal welfare standards.
10. Over 78,000 of Britain’s farmers and growers are farm assured, meaning that the quality of their production is guaranteed. This accounts for 65-95% of production, depending on the specific sector.
As part of the campaign, BFF is supporting our initiative to get teenagers cooking. Our recipes, below, are designed to get teens off the sofa and into the kitchen.