2016 school cookery competition now open

The Diocese of Canterbury is now inviting entries for its popular Kent is Delicious cookery competition. Open to all primary schools in Kent, schools across the county will shortly be receiving information about the competition through the post.

Now in its fifth year, the aim of the competition is to raise children’s awareness of the quality and importance of local, seasonal produce by asking them to create a recipe using as many locally sourced, grown and produced ingredients as possible.

This year, schools are being asked to think outside the ’snack box’ and create a trio of tasty and local after-school snacks: at least one hot dish should be included.

Four schools will be chosen to go through to the final which will be held at the Kent County Show on Friday 8th July, where they will make their dishes for a panel of experienced local food and farming judges.

The 2015 winners were St. George’s CEP school in Wrotham. Their teacher Ms Annette Holmes said:

“Our children really enjoyed taking part in the Kent is delicious competition.  They gained confidence in preparing and making their own food and they loved the fact that other people tasted their dish and made positive comments.

“I would encourage any school thinking of taking part to do so. The children get so engaged that they don’t realise how much they are learning.”

The competition is organised by the Diocese of Canterbury’s Communities and Partnerships Framework, which has particular responsibility for rural and heritage issues, special interest groups, forging links with local authorities, other faith groups and with charities. It’s also supported by Kent County Agricultural Society (KCAS), Produced in Kent, and the Kent Farmers’ Market Association.

The Director of the Communities and Partnerships Framework, Reverend Canon Caroline Pinchbeck explained why the competition is so worthwhile:

“This competition has grown and grown, with last year seeing our biggest and best number of entries ever. The competition helps fulfil the KS1 and KS2 practical cookery and food requirements, as well as being lots of fun.

“We’re currently in the middle of British Food Fortnight and it’s also Harvest time and so there is no better for schools to start thinking about the wonderful Kent produce all around them that might inspire their dishes.”

All the finalist schools receive Kent Farmers’ Market Association vouchers to help them create a hamper of local treats, and the winners receive free transport for Years 3 and 4 to the popular Living Land event at Detling held each year. The deadline for entries is Friday 27th May, 2016. For more information schools can email kentisdelicious@diocant.org or visit https://www.canterburydiocese.org/kentisdelicious/

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Further information from: Jennifer Ross, Communities and Partnership Network, Diocese of Canterbury: 01227 459401 /07765 112 177 / jross@diocant.org