B&NES Council Scoops British Food Fortnight Award 2016

9 Feb 2017

Narrowly beating previous winner Emsworth (Hampshire), Bath’s efforts were acknowledged as the ‘most imaginative and inclusive celebrations of British food across the nation’.

The city celebrated British Food Fortnight with a lively programme of events, activities and competitions organised by BANES Council; over 30 businesses and organisations participated in hosting food festivals, courses and promotions of local food and menus! 

Food Fortnight Highlights

  • The Council joined forces with BigBarn, the UK's number 1 local food website, to produce a new online local food directory. Residents and visitors can easily scan the virtual map, search the list, or type in their postcode to easily find and buy locally produced food and drink. Local businesses can sign up from just £40 per year and be promoted to the hundreds of customers visiting the local food map every day.
  • A special British Breakfast lunch was also provided for primary schools prepared from healthy, locally sourced and organic ingredients, supporting children to celebrate British food traditions and local produce.
  • The Fortnight kickstarted with the Taste of Timsbury Festival, which attracted around 1000 visitors with food samples, cooking tips and food-related talks. 

Councillor Martin Veal (Conservative, Bathavon North), Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services, said: “The Bath and North East Somerset British Food Fortnight was a huge success bringing together local businesses, community groups and schools to celebrate local food and drink and healthy eating and to support local businesses in imaginative ways. By creating a district wide programme we were able to extend the celebrations leading to a truly remarkable fortnight of fun and food.”

Bath and North East Somerset’s activities will be promoted widely in order to inspire other communities to get involved next year.