If you need an excuse to buy local produce, now is the time. The 8th British Food Fortnight runs from the 19th September to the 4th October, celebrating the diversity, premium quality and abundance of local, fresh seasonal produce throughout the country.
Numerous businesses, supermarkets, shops, farms, restaurants, pubs and schools are participating in this celebratory event to promote local British food at its finest.
From an Essex viewpoint, The Bell Inn, Horndon on the Hill are partaking in this national event by providing the best of local seasonal produce on their imaginative menus.
It’s also a time to visit your local farm shops and farmers markets to indulge in the wonderful autumnal bounty that is on offer, from locally reared free range meats to delicious fresh & crisp vegetables. For dessert, try a sumptuous tart or crumble with apples, pears or plums that are at their best right now; Lathcoats Farm Shop, Galleywood, provide over 40 varieties of their own orchard apples, as well as the best of local produce.
Marks Hall, Coggeshall hold their monthly Food Market on Saturday 26th featuring a wide array of local producers selling fresh and prepared meats, seasonal vegetables and fruit, bread and cakes, wines, beers and juices. Try before you buy, or stock up on the ingredients to create your own local feast.
For the fervent foodie, this year’s Aldeburgh food & drink festival gets underway on the 26th of Sept for 10 days of celebrations. The Festival takes place in the beautiful surroundings of Snape Maltings, near Aldeburgh on the Suffolk Coast. A showcase of over 70 local exhibitors, cookery demonstrations, walks, talks and fine local fare will greet you in what has become renowned as one of the most significant food and drink festivals in Britain.
For information on these events and more, visit: http://lovebritishfood.co.uk
Eat well, Eat Local!