Finalists of ‘Kent Is Delicious’ Food Competition Announced

Six primary schools have been chosen to participate in the final of the ‘Kent is Delicious’ competition which takes place on Friday 12th July in the Why Farming Matters tent at the Kent County Show.

The six schools are: The John Wallis Academy in Ashford, Minster in Sheppey Primary School in Sheerness, Snodland Church of England Primary School in Maidstone, Harcourt Primary School in Folkestone, St. Margaret Clitherow Catholic Primary School in Tonbridge and Hoath Primary School in Canterbury.

The competition was open to all primary schools in Kent and children were asked to devise a recipe for a pudding or dessert using ingredients grown, produced or farmed locally to them.

Held in partnership with the Diocese of Canterbury’s Communities and Partnerships Framework, the Kent Agricultural Society, Produced in Kent, NFU Swale, and Whitehead and Monckton Solicitors, 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 a panel of judges.

The  Revd  Canon  Caroline  Pinchbeck,  Director  of  the  Communities  and  Partnerships Framework said the competition had really made the schools think about their food:

“We’ve been delighted with the standard and number of entries to ‘Kent is Delicious’, which is now only in its second year. It’s clearly provoked a lot of thought 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.”

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

Notes for editors

Photos:

–       Judging panel from last year’s final of the ‘Kent is Delicious’ competition preparing to taste the dishes(Left to right: Julian Barnes – Biddenden Vineyards,

Jane Bowyer – Chessemakers of Canterbury, Tish Neave – Chair, Women’s Farming Union, Jamie Neaves – Kent Agricultural Society, Jill Sargent – Produced in Kent.)

–       Jill Sargent of Produced in Kent tasting last year’s winning dish.

–       The Bishop of Dover, The Rt Rev Trevor Willmott will be present at the final and will officially welcome all the successful schools at 10am on Friday 12th July. Each school will then have a 45 minute slot in which to set-up, demonstrate and assemble their dish.

–       The judges will convene at 3pm to taste all the dishes and the winner will be announced at 4pm.

–       Videos and artwork supplied to record the process of the finalist’s work will form part of a display at the County Harvest Thanksgiving service to be held in Canterbury Cathedral on 6th October 2013.

–       Tickets for the Kent County Show can be purchased at: http://kentshowground.co.uk/show2013/buy-your-ticket/

–       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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