Food, glorious food is the order of the day as two weeks of culinary celebrations continue across Bath and North East Somerset.
British Food Fortnight (September 23 – October 8) is the country’s biggest annual celebration of British food and drink and there’s a packed programme of events to suit every palate.
Among this year’s bumper offering is The Great Bath Feast which is stuffed with more than 100 food and drink-related events. Other highlights include:
- Bath Farmers Market, the first Farmers Market to be set up in the UK, is 20 years old this year
- The Taste of Timsbury food and drink festival which will feature over 35 stalls, tastings & demonstrations
- Wellow Apple Day, which is being run by Wellow and District Horticultural Society, and will include pressing, bottling and the sale of juice from the Wellow community orchard
- Volunteer Farmer Days at Chew Magna’s Community Farm
- FoodCycle Bath volunteers will be cooking up delicious three- course meals from surplus food.
Councillor Mark Shelford, (Conservative, Lyncombe), Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment, said: “We’re proud to be championing and celebrating British Food Fortnight again this year. It shines the spotlight on the thriving community, voluntary and commercial food and drink activity that we have across in the Bath and North East Somerset area.
“There will be plenty to enjoy including the chance to get involved with a series of classes offering top tips on preparing healthy meals, food and drink tasting, or one of the volunteer-led projects for redistribution of food that would otherwise be landfill.”
Further details of British Food Fortnight in Bath and North East Somerset can be found on the Council webpages.
Anyone organising an event over the next two weeks, however big or small, is encouraged to enter the British Food Fortnight competition that is once again looking for imaginative celebrations of British food taking place during the Food Fortnight.
Community groups from Bath and North East Somerset were winners in the 2016 competition.
The judging panel is led by legendary chef and Love British Food Ambassador, Raymond Blanc, and his son Olivier Blanc.
“Every year I am amazed by the entries and it is very hard to choose the winners”, says Raymond. “It makes me so happy that so many local villages, small and large, come together. The work that they put into the projects is fantastic.
“It is a wonderful campaign to bring people together, it might be working as a team at a school or working as a community - sharing ideas, using local suppliers and companies and making the most of what they have surrounding them.”
If you can’t make it to an organised event, local produce can be bought online via the Bath and North East Somerset Local Food Directory.