St. George’s CEP School in Wrotham has won the fourth Kent is Delicious cookery competition. The hotly contested final took place on Friday 10th July, in the Why Farming Matters demonstration kitchen at the Kent County Show in Detling.
Convened by the Diocese of Canterbury’s Communities and Partnerships Framework and held in partnership with the Kent County Agricultural Society (KCAS), Kent Farmers’ Market Association and Produced in Kent, the aim of the competition was to raise children’s awareness of the quality and importance of local, seasonal produce.
The competition was open to all primary schools in Kent and children were asked to devise a tasty packed lunch using as many locally grown, sourced or produced ingredients as possible.
St. George’s School impressed the judges in the final with their dish St. George’s Healthy Lunchbox which included: home-made sausage roll using sausage meat produced at a pig farm only 5 miles away; cheese salad and chutney sandwich using local Winterdale cheese and butter made by the children using cream from the Winterdale diary; apple and school-grown carrot crisps; pressed local apple and pear juice; and tasty raspberry muffin made using local berries, eggs and honey.
Canon Caroline Pinchbeck, Director of the Diocese of Canterbury’s Communities and Partnerships Framework said: “We are absolutely delighted for St. George’s CEP School who really spoilt us with their delicious packed lunch. They showed real knowledge of their ingredients and had clearly enjoyed the whole experience.
“Congratulations too to the other finalists who all worked so hard and gave us some fantastically tasty, local lunches to try.”
The three other schools which took part in the final were: Herne C of E Junior School in Herne, Christ Church C of E Junior School in Ramsgate, and The Granville School in Sevenoaks.
All four schools receive Kent Farmers’ Market Association vouchers to use at a market near them to put together a hamper of delicious local food. As winners, St. George’s receive free transport for years 3 and 4 to the popular Living Land show at Deltling next year.
All the finalists made their dishes at the Kent County Show and had them tasted and judged by an expert panel of judges made-up of local food producers, chefs and farmers.
One of the judges, Jill Sargent from Produced in Kent said:
“All the schools demonstrated a real understanding of their dishes, local and seasonal food and a great enthusiasm for the project. It was a delight to taste each of the dishes and choosing a winner was not easy!”
Schools can start thinking about their entry for next year’s competition which in 2016 will be about creating a tasty, locally sourced after-school snack. To receive more information schools should email email@example.com or visit https://www.canterburydiocese.org/kentisdelicious
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