Hampshire Fare is delighted to be launching this year’s British Food Fortnight (21 September to 6 October), after winning British Food Fortnight’s nationwide competition last year. British Food Fortnight is the biggest annual, national celebration of British food and drink which was established by Love British Food in 2002 as a flagship event to provide a platform to bring the varied food and drink-led initiatives and projects happening countrywide to the wider public’s attention.

Hampshire Fare’s win was in recognition of its work with schools – helping to educate and enthuse schoolchildren about the provenance of their food and drink and help them understand and appreciate the local environment. This was achieved by bringing farmers and producers into the classroom to deliver sessions that were entertaining, informative and inspirational. Last year this involved Hampshire Fare working with Bartley Junior School, near Southampton, with Honesty Group, Lyburn Farm, New Forest Fruits and Naked Jam taking sessions that covered topics such as fruit growing, making jam, baking bread, and the production of artisan cheeses.

Originally Hampshire Fare was inspired by British Food Fortnight events held in Emsworth. From this a ‘Harfest’ Day at a local primary school was arranged. This success led to Hampshire Fare selecting a new school each year, including Bentley Primary and Berrywood Primary, Hedge End. These schools have now gone on to hold their own British Food Fortnight events.

This year for British Food Fortnight, Hampshire Fare is supporting a number of events. These include an Artisan Market at The Drift Inn, Beaulieu Road, Lyndhurst, Sunday, 22 September; a brand new Food Festival at Fairthorne Manor, Curdridge, Sunday, 29 September; and a Green Harvest celebration weekend at Winchester Cathedral (5-6 October) with produce market, displays and speakers exploring environmental issues facing famers and the ways in which we can all work towards a more sustainable future.

Tracy Nash of Hampshire Fare comments: “It is great to know that we are part of something happening across the country. It feels like we are involved with something that’s much bigger, a movement that is really capable of making a difference and changing mindsets.”