Food education at a culinary extravaganza

From left, Ian Kellet from Hambledon Vineyard, Mick Starr from Starr Butchers, James Farmer from Barfoots, Brookfield Hotel head chef Jon Scoufield, Hampshire Farmers Market manager Alex Hanford, Joe Russell, Gwyn Williams from Loosehanger Cheeses, fisherman Chantelle Williams and Alistair Gibson at the launch of Emsworth Food Fortnight   Picture: Allan Hutchings (150999-693)

From left, Ian Kellet from Hambledon Vineyard, Mick Starr from Starr Butchers, James Farmer from Barfoots, Brookfield Hotel head chef Jon Scoufield, Hampshire Farmers Market manager Alex Hanford, Joe Russell, Gwyn Williams from Loosehanger Cheeses, fisherman Chantelle Williams and Alistair Gibson at the launch of Emsworth Food Fortnight Picture: Allan Hutchings (150999-693)

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  • Emsworth British Food Fortnight will be a culinary extravaganza
  • As well as being a showcase for the very best local produce there will also be an educational theme
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EDUCATION will play a big part in what is to be a huge celebration of food, say organisers.

The people behind Emsworth British Food Fortnight have put education at the forefront of the culinary extravaganza, which begins on September 19.

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

From engaging with primary schools about where food comes from, to the culinary development of aspiring college students and showcasing food and wellbeing at the brand new ‘EAT! Healthy’ event, food education is on course to be an integral theme for the event.
In partnership with Hampshire Farmers’ Market, students from St. James’, Emsworth and Westbourne primary schools will have the opportunity to meet local food producers and receive hands-on cooking lessons.

Alex Hanford, from Hampshire Farmers Market, said: ‘We want the next generation to grow up caring about what they eat and knowing 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.’

A new event, EAT! Healthy, will take place at Emsworth Baptist Church on September 27 and bring expert knowledge on nutrition.

Local producers and practitioners who are passionate about eating the right foods for wellbeing in the mind, body and soul will present talks, exhibitions and interactive workshops.

It is free and as well as over 12 exhibitor’s stalls to browse, there will also be talks on how to improve your child’s nutrition, juicing, and weight loss and body confidence.

For a second year, the Brookfield Hotel, in Havant Road, will be welcoming across three separate days, students from Chichester, South Downs and Highbury colleges to cater for a restaurant filled with paying customers. They must use locally-sourced ingredients, devise a three-course menu and deliver it under pressure, the students

And there will be a range of cooking classes and demonstrations across the fortnight. Restaurants, pubs and cafes will be holding offers throughout the fortnight. For more information go to emsworth.org.uk

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