Our school meals provider HC3S is running special theme days where children ‘build’ their own menu from British produce to tie in with the Harvest festival. Across our primary and secondary school menus, key ingredients are British; proven favourites will be the focus of the fortnight alongside innovative new dishes such as fish croquettes, made in Grimsby by our food supplier Hobson’s using ingredients chosen by Tiptoe Primary School, New Forest, winners of a competition.
Our Strawberry ice cream with a ripple running all the way through, made locally by the New Forest Ice Cream Company, is sure to be a favourite. In secondary schools the ‘Streets’ offering will include breakfast wraps filled with free-range, locally farmed eggs and pork grills on offer.
HC3S are teaming up with a selection of suppliers to provide hands-on learning experiences at some schools. Pupils will have the opportunity to remember the sights, smells and sounds of the food environments. Pupils are being taken on a guided tour of the trout farm at Chalk Stream Foods in Romsey. From river to fork – they’ll be learning about fish in the River Test.
Mr Whitehead, our apple juice producer from Alton, will speak about planting apple trees, pollination, pruning apples and the process involved with pressing and then bottling juice.
In collaboration with local food group Hampshire Fare, pupils will be learning how to bake homemade bread (like the bread served fresh every day in schools) and have a visit from a honey producer, local jam maker and cheese producer.
Fish ambassadors from Seafish UK will be visiting two schools to give a fishy treat, as children get to make and taste mackerel pate and have the chance to hold huge and slippery fish.
It’s not just schools celebrating British Food. For stunning settings and cheerful service, indulge in a fruit tartlet with a cup of English tea or Hampshire-roasted Mozzo filter coffee at our country park cafés and restaurants. This delicious tartlet is made by Berry’s Bakery one of our suppliers based in the New Forest using only British fruits and berries sourced locally.
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While British Food Fortnight is a celebration of great British food, it is important to remember that great produce can be used in a multitude of ways, over several meals, reducing your household food costs and food waste. HC3S and our waste management team will be promoting a food swap initiative to avoid additional household food waste across Hampshire. For recipe ideas, check out the ‘midweek winners’ section on the HC3S website.