Four primary schools from across Kent have been announced as finalists for this year’s ‘Kent is Delicious’ cookery competition. St. Peter’s Methodist Primary in Canterbury, Sandgate Primary in Folkestone, John Wallis Academy in Maidstone, and Senacre Wood Primary in Maidstone will all take part in the hotly contested foodie final on Friday 11th July in the Why Farming Matters tent at the Kent County Show, Detling.
The competition was open to all primary schools in Kent and children were asked to devise a recipe for a breakfast dish using ingredients grown, produced or farmed locally to them. Each of the finalist schools ensured their place in the final by impressing the selection panel with not only their fabulous dishes, but with the excellent research and pictures that accompanied their entry.
Organised by the Diocese of Canterbury’s Communities & Partnerships Framework and held in partnership with the Kent Agricultural Society (KCAS), Produced in Kent and NFU Swale, the aim of the competition is to raise children’s awareness of the quality and importance of local, seasonal produce.
All the finalists will make their dishes at the Kent County Show and will have them tasted by an expert panel of judges made-up of local food producers, chefs and farmers. The final dishes are: Fruity Tooty Coulis Pancake (St. Peter’s Methodist) Sandgate Penguins Marvellous Muffins (Sandgate Primary), Blueberry & Lemon Pancakes with Strawberry Sauce (John Wallis Academy)and Kentish Breakfast Frittata (Senacre Wood),
The Revd Canon Caroline Pinchbeck, Director of the Communities & Partnerships Framework said the competition had really made the schools think about their food:
“We’ve been overwhelmed by the standard of entries to this year’s ‘Kent is Delicious’ cookery competition’, which is now in its third year. It’s clearly provoked a lot of thought, and fun, among the schools who have taken part and we want to wish all our finalists the best of luck.”
She continued: “With so much concern around our food in recent years, we think there is a social and moral duty to try and enthuse our young people as to the benefits of locally sourced and seasonal foods to help produce a happier and healthier society for the future.”
The final cook-off will take place between 9.30am to 12.30pm on the Friday, with the winner announced at 3pm. Ahead of the final judging, visitors to the tent over lunchtime can watch Ready Steady Foodbank!. This event will see two vicars from the diocese competing to cook a nutritious meal from a typical Food Bank parcel, highlighting the importance of Foodbanks and the practical difficulties faced by those in poverty.
Further information please contact Jennifer Ross, Communities and Partnership Framework on 01227 459401 / 07765 112 177 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes for editors
- The judges at last year’s Kent is Delicious getting ready for taste the dishes.
- One of last year’s schools prepares their dish during the final.
- One of last year’s finalists enjoys scooping the sponge mixture out of the bowl!
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.