Bishop Attends Prize-Giving for ‘Kent Is Delicious’ Food Competition

The Bishop of Dover, The Rt. Rev Trevor Willmott, attended the prize-giving of the ‘Kent is Delicious’ food competition on Friday 9th November. The winners were the pupils of Charing Church of England School, and they receive free transport to the Living Land Exhibition, which takes place at Detling showground on May 8th 2013.

This was the first year the competition was run, and its aim was to raise children’s awareness of the quality and importance of local, seasonal produce. It was held in partnership with the Diocese of Canterbury’s, Communities and Partnerships Framework, Kent County Agricultural Show (KCAS) and supported by Produced in Kent.

Four schools across the two dioceses of Canterbury and Rochester competed to devise a menu and cook a dish from local produce in their area at the Kent County Show in July.

The Charing Church of England School, which recently received an ‘outstanding’ in their Statutory Inspection of Anglican Schools (SIAS) report, impressed with their locally inspired Jubilee menu which included the dish they prepared on the day; Honey ice cream with Royal Sovereign Strawberry and Rhubarb Compote and Lavender Shortbread.

The supporting art  work,  photographs,  videos and written work  of  all four participating schools were on display in the Chapter House of Canterbury Cathedral for the County Harvest Thanksgiving Service which many of the participating school children, parents and teachers attended.

Also attending the prize-giving was Jamie Neaves of KCAS, who is himself an award-winning Kent farmer and producer of Seasalter saltmarsh lamb, and was one of the four judges of the competition.

Revd Canon Caroline Pinchbeck, Director of the Communities and Partnerships Framework was delighted with the success of the competition:

“We were so impressed with all the menus that were produced and the amount of time and energy that had clearly gone into producing them. Each of the schools highlighted something distinctive about the food that is locally available to them, which proved to be a great learning experience.

She continued:  “Buying local and seasonal produce has become increasingly popular. If we can inspire and inform our young people as to the choice available, and the benefits gained by choosing local, they will not only help continue and grow the trend, but encourage the adults in their lives to think more carefully about their food choices.”

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

Notes for editors

  • Picture,‘Kent is Delicious’ prize-giving with the children of Charing C of E school also includes(back, left to right): Revd Canon Caroline Pinchbeck, Justin Neaves and the Bishop of Dover, the Rt Rev Trevor Willmott)
  • The prize includes free transport for children in Years 3 and 4 to the exhibition. They have already received a certificate which was presented at the County Show by the Bishop of Dover and Countryfile presenter John Craven.
  • The other competing schools were: Diocese of Rochester: Wouldham All Saints CEP, Rochester & St Margaret’s CE Junior School, Rainham Diocese of Canterbury:  Holy Trinity & St John’s C of E Primary School, Margate.
  • The Living Land Exhibition is a by application, free, one-day event for Kent school children in years 3 and 4 aimed at educating young children in the areas of farming,agriculture, countryside and healthy eating. More details can be found at their website: http://kentshowground.co.uk/society/the-living-land/
  • The Diocese of Canterbury’s Communities and Partnership Network aims to empower parishes and deaneries to serve their communities by working in partnerships with others. The Network has particular responsibility for rural and heritage issues, special interest groups, forging links with local authorities, other faith groups and with charities.
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