Emsworth British Food Fortnight - EDUCATION

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” – Nelson Mandela

Since its foundation in 2014 the Emsworth British Food Fortnight has not only won National Awards but has become one of the most successful Food events of its type in the UK celebrating local food, local people and Emsworth itself.

Emsworth will once again be participating in British Food Fortnight, which this year runs from 23rd September to 8th October. The brainchild of Love British Food, British Food Fortnight is a wonderful opportunity for Emsworth to showcase its food heritage but more than that it’s about the community coming together to celebrate itself through food. Three words sum up what this fortnight is all about: 

Community             Education                Celebration

Food Education becomes a bigger part of the Emsworth British Food Fortnight every year and indeed is one of the very foundations of the fortnight. Whether it be taking Food Education workshops into local Primary Schools, allowing students from local catering colleges to take over an Emsworth restaurant or local businesses sharing their knowledge and skills with all ages through a wide variety workshops & short courses for foodies of all ages.

Food Education Workshops

We are delighted that Hampshire Farmers’ Market, will be taking its innovative food education workshops into four local primary schools, to encourage children to care about what they eat and to understand where their food comes from.  Getting children interested in buying and cooking local, seasonal, healthy food is an important investment in their future health and the both Emsworth British Food Fortnight and Hampshire Farmers Market are committed to doing just that.

Wednesday 27th September – Westbourne Primary School

Thursday 28th September – Southbourne Junior School

Friday 29th September – Emsworth Primary School, St. James Primary School

 “Hampshire Farmers’ Markets want the next generation to grow up caring about what they eat and to know where their food comes from. Our aim is to get children interested in buying and cooking, local, seasonal and healthy food.  This will improve the welfare and health of young families in Hampshire.’’ – Alex Hanford, HFM Business Manager

“Our children are lucky to be raised and educated in such a special community as Emsworth. By the children being involved in events throughout the year such as Emsworth Food Fortnight we are not only reaching out to be part of our local community but also giving our children roots in that community.  Roots that will grow stronger as they grow older and they will grow to become even more pro-active members of their local community.” Erika Biddlecombe, Head Teacher, St.James Primary School

The Great British College Lunches

The Brookfield Hotel and it’s Hermitage Restaurant will be welcoming across 3 separate days, students from Chichester, Fareham and Highbury Colleges to cater for a restaurant filled with paying, hungry and expectant customers. The students will devise a three course menu, using locally sourced ingredients where possible, then on the day prepare it and serve it in the pressure of a busy restaurant, the students are partaking in more than just a simulation of professionalism; this is food education at the sharp end. 

27th September: Highbury College

28th September: Chichester College

5th October: Fareham College

“A great opportunity for the students to work in a real work environment with customers. It will challenge their team working and timing. It will also put the skills they have learnt so far at college to the test.” Paul Rennie, lecturer in hospitality.  Chichester College.

“It’s not that long ago that many of my team were at college and so this is a wonderful opportunity for the Brookfield to put something back. Working with seasonal produce is very close to my heart and I have no doubt that the students will come up with some really interesting dishes using British produce and I am really looking forward to welcoming them into my kitchen.” Jon Scourfield, Chef, Brookfield Hotel

There is also an amazing menu of ‘Education’ events aimed at people of all ages, after all it’s never too late to learn, which includes –

Curds & Preserves at Tuppenny Barn

10:00am – 1:00pm Sunday, 24th September

If you have ever wanted to turn amazing tasting English fruit into gifts or something for the store cupboard, this is the workshop for you. 

Bread Making Workshop with Lawrence Murphy

9:30am – 12:30pm Monday, 25th September

Develop your artisan culinary skills with award-winning chef Lawrence Murphy from Fat Olives.  Learn how to bake an organic, brown free-form loaf and a tasty white loaf.

Emsworth Cookery School are also offering a series of educational workshops which include –

Home Baking – Pre-School Cookery Classes for 2 ½ - 5 year olds – Pastry Masterlcass – British Beer Baking – Bread Masterclass.

Bel La Cakes and Cupcakes are offering a series of themed Mini Cupcake workshops aimed at children.

Emsworth Apple Pressing Day – Saturday 23rd September

This manages to combine a great Community event while also allowing young people to see just how Apple Juice is made and even take part themselves. Local apples grown by residents producing ‘Emsworth Apple Presse 2017’ in the Square. The label for this year will be unveiled on the day, designed by a local primary school pupil.

Its not just about hands on education however at this years Emsworth British Food Fortnight, each year the organisers work with a local good cause and this year both Emsworth Primary Schools will benefit from funds being raised from various events during the fortnight.  All the profits from the Emsworth Community Seafood Lunch and donations from Emsworth Apple Day will go to both these schools to help them further the needs of their pupils.