Why I am cel­e­brat­ing the best of Bri­tish

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Food And Drink - Lee Clarke Head chef at Prevost, Pri­est­gate, Peter­bor­ough www.pre­vost­peter­bor­ough.co.uk @foodleeclarke

Great Bri­tish Bake Off re­turned to our TV screens last week and there’s definitely a sense of pride in the air for the great food our lit­tle coun­try pro­duces ev­ery year. This month I’ll be get­ting in­volved in an event to cel­e­brate this pride - Bri­tish Food Fort­night.

Bri­tish Food Fort­night, held from Septem­ber 17 un­til Oc­to­ber 2, is the big­gest an­nual, na­tional cel­e­bra­tion of Bri­tish food and drink.

It was es­tab­lished in the wake of the Foot and Mouth cri­sis in re­sponse to the fact that, though there are nu­mer­ous food ini­tia­tives, projects and events tak­ing place across Bri­tain, there was no over­all flag­ship event to bring them to the pub­lic’s at­ten­tion.

Since it was es­tab­lished in 2002, it’s grown to be­come one of the big events on the food cal­en­dar and now boasts Ray­mond Blanc as one of its lead­ing am­bas­sadors.

This year at Prévost we’ll be get­ting in­volved with a spe­cial PE Post Code Menu for the whole two weeks. Our three course menu will only use in­gre­di­ents sourced lo­cally within the Peter­bor­ough post code area – in­gre­di­ents like eggs, pork belly and plums will all fea­ture.

The whole three cour­ses will be avail­able for £20 per per­son.

It’s not just us get­ting in­volved ei­ther - The Dog in a Doublet near Thor­ney is sourc­ing its pro­duce more lo­cally than ever as they move into game sea­son, where they’re work­ing with lo­cal hunters to pro­duce their great game pie. We hope more in­de­pen­dent restau­rants will be putting their spin on things over the fort­night.

The restau­rant scene in Peter­bor­ough has al­ways been a strong sup­porter of lo­cal pro­duce and last year we won the Love Bri­tish Food 2015 Har­vest Heroes com­pe­ti­tion, run in con­junc­tion with The Tele­graph, when a whole week­end of events cul­mi­nated in 500 peo­ple tak­ing a seat in the city cen­tre to eat to­gether.

You can see my recipe for Peter­bor­ough sour­dough, which was eaten on the day, on the Tele­graph web­site where it was fea­tured last month.

There’s lots of ways that you too can get in­volved with Bri­tish Food Fort­night. The best and sim­plest way is to keep an eye out for lo­cal Bri­tish pro­duce on your next shop – you can visit a lo­cal, in­de­pen­dent green­gro­cers or butchers; or your lo­cal mar­ket.

If you don’t have ac­cess to those then keep an eye out for the fa­mous Red Trac­tor logo in su­per­mar­kets – this cer­ti­fies Bri­tish food grown to the best stan­dards.

Be­yond that, even just gath­er­ing the fam­ily for a meal or try­ing a lo­cal beer at the pub – it’s all a step to­wards sup­port­ing Bri­tish food, which should be a source of great pride for us all.

Bri­tish Food Fort­night takes place from Septem­ber 17 un­til Oc­to­ber 2

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