Ideas for Regional Events Examples of the

Ideas for Regional Events

Examples of the best events that were organised last year


· West Midlands Regional Food Competition – A fortnight”s competition organised by the Countryside Agency, in association with the BBC, to find the best recipes in the West Midlands and discover some of the history that goes with them.

Radio listeners were asked if they had fond memories of childhood dishes, a favourite that”s been handed down, or a creation of their own – all using local produce – and to ring into their local BBC station during British Food Fortnight and have the chance to win a gourmet dinner for them and their family. Renowned local chefs judged the entries and compiled a definitive meal for each county based on listeners” ideas. Each county”s meal was then cooked at the Birmingham College of Food for a panel of judges who selected the definitive West Midlands meal.

Details of the competition were featured on BBC local Radio stations a week before the fortnight started and the winning recipes were featured on BBC Midlands Today.

Prizes were sponsored by Advantage West Midlands. The Development Agency for the UK”s Industrial, Commercial and Agricultural Heartland. Further information from the organiser, Judie Kellie 01905-641-900

· Brussel Sprouts festival – 7th Nov in Chipping Camden, Gloucestershire, the heart of the sprout growing area. All pubs, restaurants and tea shops had a sprout dish on their menus and a small donation from the sale of these dishes was given to Cancer Research. Further information from the British Sprout Growers Association 01200-423197.

North East

· North East Local Menu Fortnight – organised by the Countryside Agency”s ”Eat the View” team to encourage restaurants and tea rooms across the North East to source more food from the region. Over 150 food outlets took part with whole or part of dishes on menus promoted as North East food. The regional 40 member speciality food group, Northumbria Larder, supplied the finest food the region has to offer thereby giving restaurateurs a chance to experiment with local ingredients and enabling local consumers to taste the best food the North East has to offer. Further information from Northumbria Larder or 0191-206-4043.


· The North-West Producer of the Year Awards in Liverpool in conjunction with N.W. Fine Foods. The winners were sold in farmers markets across the region. Further information from or 01695-554918.


· West Country Food Fortnight – organised by Taste of the West with special promotions in local restaurants and shops. Further information from 01392-440745.

· ”Food, Glorious Food!” The Exmoor Food Festival – a wonderful programme of food events of every description. With venues located in and around the stunning landscape of Exmoor National Park, events included cookery demonstrations, grape harvesting, Exmoor suppers with jazz & folk music, a ”cream & steam” on the West Somerset Railway (& lots, lots more!), there really was something for everyone!

Over 50 food linked events including a ”Meet the Producer Exmoor Food Fayre” were scheduled throughout the ten days of the festival & special menus in pubs, hotels & restaurants featuring local produce and traditional dishes, a cream tea trail and a real Exmoor Breakfast were on offer.

For details contact Porlock Visitor Centre Tel. 01643-863150 or refer to

· Devon”s first ”Celebration of Food” organized by Devon Food Links showcased the variety of Devon”s local produce and culinary talents with cookery demonstrations, farm walks, food fairs & tastings. Contact .

· Dorset Food Week – Dorset invited people to ”Discover Delicious Dorset” with its own Food Week. Lots of fun events took place across the county:

– Halloween Ghost Walk & Pumpkin competition in Dorchester
– Badger Watching & Organic Beefburger Feast in Lyme Regis
– Apple Day with live music and children”s activities
– Delicious Dorset Breakfast at Poundbury Farmers Market.

Further information and ideas from or 01258-471165.

The East

· Food Frolics & Tastings at Willows Farm Park, St Albans

And three major Beer Festivals took part during British Food Fortnight: Watford Beer Festival, Aberdeen & North East Beer Festival and Eastleigh Beer Festival. What about teaming up local beers with local dishes?

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