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British Food Fortnight

Posted on 12 October 2018 by Miss Emily Acton-Edmiston

Which came first: the chicken or the egg?

A question as old as time itself, asked by one of our girls at this year’s British Food Fortnight. Of course, the jury is out on that one, but what we do know, is that celebrating our national food and drink, of which chickens (and eggs!) are part of, is very important.

What is British Food Fortnight?

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 and since its beginnings in 2002, for those who work in any aspect of food and drink, it is a chance to come together and promote the benefits of buying and eating from our home produced British larder.

We marked this important 2 week dedication to British food and drink with our own harvest festival celebration and a variety of food themed assemblies! 

During the harvest festival assembly we expressed our gratitude for all the food we are able to eat daily. The doorways of the Junior School looked beautifully autumnal and the pupils brought a very generous amount of wonderful food to donate to The Passage Charity.

We were treated to a fantastic programme of assemblies (including a visit from some hens – aptly named Victoria and Elizabeth, after our Junior School houses!) From the humble honey bee, to sustainable packaging, the wide-ranging topics covered were fascinating and served as a reminder that we all have a responsibility to keep nature and our country’s food production, thriving.

With thanks to The London Bee Keepers Association, Riverford Organic, Royal Holloway University, Rookery Farm and Chelsea Physic Garden.