Love British Food and the Telegraph are searching for people who are passionate about food to be recognised as this year’s ‘harvest heroes’. The third year of this competition sees father-and-son team Raymond and Olivier Blanc join TV gardener Chris Collins as the competition judges. They are encouraging people throughout the UK to grow, cook and share their produce during British Food Fortnight, the national celebration of British food, which takes place this autumn.
“It is wonderful that more and more, people are realising the importance of supporting our local farmers, local producers and local food and this is a fantastic way to encourage others to engage with their community. I was so impressed with last year’s entries and hope that these will be surpassed this year,” said Raymond Blanc.
The competition seeks to find the group who organise the most innovative and inclusive harvest celebration in their community. From remote rural villages to inner-city social clubs, anyone can take part. The winners will be presented with the Love British Food 2015 trophy plus they will enjoy breakfast and a behind-the-scenes tour of the gardens at Raymond Blanc’s Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons.
“We want people to organise initiatives that strengthen their local community, educate about British food and eating locally, and support the local economy,” explains organiser Alexia Robinson. “Take as inspiration our 2014 competition winners from Emsworth in Hampshire. Local business people joined forces and their outstanding effort saw a series of events taking place across two weeks: local producer markets, foraging walks, themed lunches, films about the town’s oyster heritage and tastings.”
The Harvest Heroes competition is part of Bring Home the Harvest which is, in turn, part of Love British Food’s campaign to “reconnect the nation with the land and with food production”. British Food Fortnight is an annual celebration of British-produced food and this year takes place from 19 September to 4 October.
To enter the competition, organise your harvest event during British Food Fortnight, take plenty of photos and post them on your social media sites. Submit these plus a short description of what you did via the www.telegraph.co.uk/harvest or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The closing date for entries is midday on Friday 16 October.