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Stalbridge girl spearheads harvest festival campaign

By Blackmore Vale Magazine  |  Posted: June 14, 2013

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AFTER the success of Love British Food 2012 when British Food Fortnight was held during the Olympics and its school activities were part of the Diamond Jubilee, this year the national food promotion reverts to its traditional autumn date and takes place 21st September to 6th October with the aim of reinvigorating the tradition of celebrating the harvest in communities across the land.

Organiser Alexia Robinson, who was brought up in Stalbridge, says: "We want to bring Harvest Festival into the 21st century and make it relevant in the modern day." Harvest celebrations could be a meet-the-producer harvest gathering organised by a farm shop; door-stop and street sales of produce; harvest-swap shops of home-produced food in the workplace or local clubs; harvest suppers in halls or pubs; food festivals; scarecrow competitions; harvest loaf bake-a-thons; or pumpkin championships.

Alexia says: "Buying British has risen substantially up everyone's agenda as a result of the horse meat scandal. We could be entering a hey-day for British food so what better time to reinvigorate the traditional way of celebrating it. After all, we're all but a few generations removed from the land."

There are masses of opportunities for Dorset schools, food and farming businesses, Young Farmers Clubs and communities to get involved:

All schools in the UK are invited to enter a Harvest Lottery to win their place in Westminster Abbey at a spectacular British Food Fortnight harvest service that is being held especially for children in October. It will be the biggest harvest service ever held especially for children.

In association with The Telegraph the search is on to find the farmer, business or community that organises the most innovative, inclusive and imaginative harvest celebration during British Food Fortnight. The winners will be selected by a panel of judges from the world of food and farming including: the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Raymond Blanc and Alan Titchmarsh.

Entry forms and all the information you need to take part is on www.lovebritishfood.co.uk and get the latest news on Twitter @LoveBritishFood.

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