Hundreds of events are due take place across the country as part of the British Food Fortnight from 21 September. The Love British Food organisation says there will be more activities than ever before for people to get involved in.
The Bring Home the Harvest competition will seek to find the most innovative harvest celebration taking place during British Food Fortnight. A panel including Raymond Blanc, Alan Titchmarsh and Defra Secretary Owen Paterson will judge the contest. Elsewhere, schools are being invited to create a harvest box that celebrates the food produced in their part of the country.
Entrants will then be selected by lottery to join VIPs and a host of celebrities in Westminster Abbey in October for the special British Food Fortnight harvest celebration.
NFU President Peter Kendall said: “The NFU is proud to be supporting British Food Fortnight. Consumers have been fantastic at supporting our great British farmers who, despite facing incredibly challenging weather and economic pressures in the past 12 months, have continuously produced great British food.
“So in recognition of the huge effort farmers have made up and down the country, the NFU will be helping to promote British Food Fortnight events and encouraging our members to take part. We want to help make it a fortnight to remember for everyone involved, and to drive home the message that farmers need consumers to keep on supporting them by buying British wherever possible.”